Image: E. Rachael Hardcastle at Shipley Arts Festival 2018 (30/06/2018).
Thanks for stopping by to read my June 2018 update! It's been a busy month (and for the past week, a super warm one here in the UK - I think I might be melting). I thought it about time I added an entry to my journal to talk about this month's chaos.
Image: Shipley Street Arts Festival 2018 - Rachael's stall
I returned to Shipley Street Arts Festival this year for another awesome day in Shipley, West Yorkshire on 30/06/2018. After setting up our stall and watching one side collapse, then fighting to put up the banner (and working against the breeze which was insistent on blowing it over, oh, and the bookmarks off the table), we powered through and were thrilled to meet and chat with actors, writers, readers and tons of friendly local people about Finding Pandora, Noah Finn & the Art of Suicide, and the gorgeous Summer weather.
I'd like to thank everyone who stopped by to say hello, to buy a book or to share their own hobbies with me. We loved every minute of it!
If you missed Shipley Street Arts Festival and want to check out some of the photos from the event, or get your hands on some of my books/ merchandise, you can do so right here on this website.
Celebrating - International Bestseller!
Image: Celebrating becoming an international bestselling author
Last month I was lucky enough to become a #1 Amazon bestseller in the UK, which made me an international Amazon bestseller. This was an awesome feeling and I'm so thankful to everyone who downloaded Noah Finn & the Art of Suicide during the May bank holiday.
I wanted to share this picture of me enjoying the sunshine (with a Coors Light and a bowl of crisps!) to encourage all my author friends out there to keep at it - if I can do it, so can you!
This is a shout out to everyone who has supported me so far, my heroes. Writing can be lonely, so it's important to find some cheerleaders. To me, these were my friends, family, colleagues and other writers across the world who reached out to encourage and cheer me on. When you're struggling, your heroes are the people who will pick you up, dust you off and get you moving again. Treasure them and be grateful for them. I couldn't have done it without mine.
Where have I been?
After being poorly for two weeks at the beginning of the month, I decided to take some time off from the online world and my writing to relax and recover. I'm back and ready to write once again, excited to be delving deeper into the world of Pandora for 'The Resurrection of Pandora', paperback book no.2 in the series and e-books 5-8. At this time I don't yet have a completion/ release date for the next installment, but I'll keep you posted.
Supporting Local Authors
Image: Otley Show with J. A. Myers and Hayley Dodsworth
At the back end of May 2018, a fellow author J. A. Myers and I visited the Otley Show and met this amazing fiction author, Hayley Dodsworth (Emma Bright & the Super Food Fight). Hayley visits schools in the UK to promote healthy eating - it was a pleasure to meet and chat with her about her amazing work.
I was also lucky enough to attend the Creative practice and wellbeing: Unlocking potential through story workshop at Leeds University in June, where I met some talented writers, hard working teachers, lecturers and other creatives from across the UK.
Thank you to the organizers and to everyone I met that evening for your kindness. I learned a lot and hope to have made a few friends too!
If you're an author or looking to speak to someone about what your publishing options are, please feel welcome to get in touch via the contact page.
Don't forget to join me at the following events this year!
07/07/2018 - Wrose Carnival (library) All Day
29/09/2018 - Morley Book Fair - details TBC
Thank you for taking the time to read this update, and I hope to meet some of you soon at my upcoming 2018 events. In the meantime if there is anything I can help you with or any questions you would like me to answer, please feel welcome to contact me through the dedicated page on my website.
E. Rachael Hardcastle