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Mixed Blessings - Simple Pleasures ... Only Days

Information and announcements about new Mixed Blessings Anthologies which are a compilation of the Editors' Choice winning Writing Challenge entries.

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Mixed Blessings - Simple Pleasures ... Only Days

Postby Deb Porter » Tue Jun 24, 2014 11:28 pm

So excited to be able to say that the first Mixed Blessings book is now only days away from release. To be honest, I have it on the Breath of Fresh Air Press website already if anyone wants to jump to the front of the queue.

The eProof looked fine, but I need to wait and see a test copy before I release the book for sale. That should arrive by the end of the week (Australian time ... hopefully), and then it will be all set to go.

On to Book 2, which I'm looking to release late October this year.

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Re: Mixed Blessings - Simple Pleasures ... Only Days

Postby Deb Porter » Wed Jun 25, 2014 1:12 am

An email has been sent out today to all the Simple Pleasures authors. If you are in this first book and have not received an email from Breath of Fresh Air Press regarding the book release and author discounts, PLEASE let me know.

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Postby grandmalovesbabies » Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:37 am

Haven't receive an email yet so I left a message on Facebook with my email address. :thankssign
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Re: Mixed Blessings - Simple Pleasures ... Only Days

Postby Come forth » Wed Jun 25, 2014 4:29 pm

Hi Deb, I have a question and I'm sorry, I am not being negative but just concerned.

As I understand it each Mixed Blessings book contains 100 articles, the top ten articles from each week of 10 weeks of Challenge entries. One quarter's worth and therefore 4 books per year.

I know book one has been a very difficult journey and taken much longer to produce than expected. And you deserve a medal and a great round of applause for your achievement. It's a job well done. Thank you.

Book two is now expected to be four months away. Even if everything goes perfect from here, can you really expect to produce four books a year? And, even if you can, every book is going to be quite a few years after the challenge it relates to. With 28 books behind that works out to be close to 7 years behind at 4 books per year.

Wouldn't it be better to increase the size of the book, to include say two Challenge quarters, 200 ECs, and at least slowly catch up? That's a need for two books per year and then, even if you can only manage three, you catch up one book per year.

I would no longer consider myself a newbie here, having joined over 2 years ago, I know I'm a new comer compared to some, but not a newbie. And yet my first book can't really be expected until late 2016 or even 2017, and then after book 11 (three years away) I jump to book 27 which is 6 or 7 years away. At three score years and ten I wouldn't live to see it happen ( I plan to beat those odds lol by the way).

Another plus to 200 ECs per book is the benefit of added value to the customer; twice the size, twice as many blessings. Most market gurus these days push the importance of value for money with both quantity and quality being key factors. 100 entries is not a small book, but 200 entries would be a great book even if the price is slightly increased (but not doubled). This has to help the financial chances of these books; which has to be important even if we do only serve the Lord with our writings.

Anyway, and please hear my heart, the concern I have is to try and catch up rather than run 7 years behind the eight ball all the time. Maybe you already have plans for this, in which case I apologize.

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Re: Mixed Blessings - Simple Pleasures ... Only Days

Postby Deb Porter » Thu Jun 26, 2014 12:48 am

Hi Graham. Sorry, traveling at the moment and on my phone. Don't worry about future delays. It will be picking up speed from here on.

Two in one would make the cost through the roof.

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Postby grandmalovesbabies » Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:38 am

Hi Deb - I still haven't received an email with the info. My email address is hofersauto@cox.net.

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Re: Mixed Blessings - Simple Pleasures ... Only Days

Postby Tricia » Thu Jun 26, 2014 7:50 pm

Hi Deb,

I haven't received an email from you regarding the Simple Pleasures book.

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Re: Mixed Blessings - Simple Pleasures ... Only Days

Postby Deb Porter » Sat Jun 28, 2014 9:53 am

Hi Lollie and Tricia. I'm on vacation until next Friday, and accessing my files is a bit tricky at the moment (able to do it, but not easy). This first book is based on the hobbies Challenge back in 2007 (I think), and I don't think either of you are in this particular book. I will need to check my author list again, but I can't get to that at the moment.

I held the book in my hands for the first time today, and it is perfect. I love everything about it. The colours leap off the cover. It's crisp, alive, bright and everything I wanted, and it looks great between the covers too. As soon as I get back from this holiday, I'll be hard at work on Book 2, which is from about 2011 or 2012 (based on the book titles Challenge).

To see a concept finally come together is incredibly satisfying.

Copies of Mixed Blessings - Simple Pleasures can be purchased from the Breath of Fresh Air Press website:

http://www.breathoffreshairpress.com/bookstore/

Checkout now available direct via PayPal. No PayPal account required.

My sisters and step-mother were with me when I opened the package from the printer with the test copies. I gave a copy to my oldest sister, Diane, and one to my step-mother. This is Dorothy (step-mum) enjoying her first copy (and she definitely wasn't going to give it back. LOL. She loved it.)

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Re: Mixed Blessings - Simple Pleasures ... Only Days

Postby grandmalovesbabies » Sat Jun 28, 2014 2:06 pm

Whoops! Sorry about that. No problem. My goal is to try and buy one of each book anyway. I'm excited about getting my copy in the mail. I figured reading the best of the best would help me improve my writing skills.

Again, thanks Deb for all your hard work. We appreciate it. :clap :clap :clap
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Re: Mixed Blessings - Simple Pleasures ... Only Days

Postby Deb Porter » Sat Jun 28, 2014 5:21 pm

Lollie, you are such a sweetheart.

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Re: Mixed Blessings - Simple Pleasures ... Only Days

Postby Colswann1 » Sun Jun 29, 2014 11:25 am

Just logged onto 'Simple Pleasures' on Amazon and got up a very very naughty selection of vibrators.
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Re: Mixed Blessings - Simple Pleasures ... Only Days

Postby Deb Porter » Sun Jun 29, 2014 6:16 pm

Oh dear, Colin. :oops: :lol: It's not available on Amazon yet. Possibly a week or so. Make sure you type in Mixed Blessings Simple Pleasures next time, in the book section. LOL

Or you can get it now from the Breath of Fresh Air Press bookstore.

http://www.breathoffreshairpress.com/mb001/

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Re: Mixed Blessings - Simple Pleasures ... Only Days

Postby Deb Porter » Sun Jun 29, 2014 6:20 pm

I lie. Just checked and it is showing on Amazon now, but without much information. Even so, it is listed.
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Re: Mixed Blessings - Simple Pleasures ... Only Days

Postby VirgilY » Mon Jun 30, 2014 9:27 am

Hi Deb,

I haven't received an email from you regarding the Simple Pleasures book.

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