Autumn 2016 – From the Editor
Since the December issue of the newsletter I have published a compilation of novellas titled: Voice in The Mirror – Supernatural Tales of Terror. This is my 5th work of fiction in 5 years. As I have combined writing and self-publishing E-books with the tutoring service I operate I will be taking a break from fiction writing this year. However, I have added to my services: Tertiary tuition and teaching and mentoring emerging writers from an initial idea to publishing options.
As indicated in the previous newsletter I presented a workshop titled, Teachers as writers in the ever-evolving landscape of indie self-publishing, at the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English (VATE) state conference. A version of this workshop will be published in VATE’s online journal. At the conference I also attended a workshop that focussed on the changes to the VCE curriculum effective from 2016.
VCE tips for this edition include: Combatting eyestrain and an approach to Frankenstein which can be applied to other text studies and online education resources available to students and parents.
The review for this quarter which is also posted on Amazon is: Macbeth. The Fassbender Macbeth, and latest version, has been among my most liked Amazon reviews. Interestingly, reviews with a Gothic element have attracted the most likes on Amazon. These include: the latest Poldark TV series, Philippa Gregory’s – Taming of the Queen and the movie Crimson Peak. These can be read from my Amazon Profile Page. There are over 33 million reviewers, currently I’m ranked at just under 4000 with an 87% helpful rating.
Between newsletters you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and here to keep up with my news, publishing details and blogs.
I have recently resurrected my tutoring website www.lynmcclenaghantutoring.com.au which links to my main website. A number of years ago my tutoring website was hacked vanishing into the ether. I suspect the domain provider failed to protect this site then took no responsibility for its demise. Even worse, because I didn’t resurrect this site unscrupulous tutoring providers appropriated my name as click bait for their websites hence businesses. The lesson here is that it’s not only crucial to have a website, but to engage a professional Web administrator to manage the security of your website.
Summer 2015 – From the Editor.
6 months have raced past since I launched the E-Newsletter in June and the December issue is the third.
In November I was nominated for a Manningham Business Award in the category of Professional Services, showcasing Lyn McClenaghan Tutoring Service and Lynette McClenaghan Author. In addition to this I have applied and been accepted as a member of Manningham Business Network.
In December I will be presenting a workshop for teachers at the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English (VATE) state conference and attending workshops at this event.
Tips for VCE students focus on the future of your education and the necessity of ensuring that you seek information from credible sources. I have created five myths on being an author and the publishing industry. The myth presented explores the idea of vanity publishing and it connection with social media.
As part of my writer research I read and review other writers’ works. Reviews feature exclusively on Amazon (some can be found on my blog). I also have an Amazon reviewer’s profile page. There are over 33 million reviewers, currently I’m ranked at just under 6000 with an 86% helpful rating.
There are over 33 million reviewers, currently I’m ranked at just under 6000 with an 86% helpful rating. Between newsletters you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and go to my website www.lynettemcclenaghanauthor.com to keep up with my news, publishing details and blog.
For anyone interested in becoming a published writer the following article How to read the Australian book industry in a time of change gives a snapshot on the prospects of being a published author and the sobering reality of making money from writing.
Anthology of novellas: available summer 2016. Readers can expect these stories to be in keeping with my brand of supernatural horror:
Read a short extract from one the three novellas to get the flavour of the stories.
As Spring emerges the three months since I launched the first E-Newsletter have raced past at a frenetic pace.
Over the past few months I have added Pinterest as another form of social media engagement. I have created 9 boards, and so far the Steampunk board has proved most popular. I first encountered the intriguing futurist Victorian realm of Steampunk when I stumbled over a Barbara Moore’s Tarot deck. I was drawn to the aesthetics of Steampunk and how this genre fuses, Dark Fiction, Horror, the Gothic world, Fantasy and Science Fiction. Fiction and film in this genre are thin on the ground, but visuals are spectacular and abundant.
August 11th I attended and showcased my endeavours so far as an Indi Ebook author and publisher at the Expo: Women Inspiring Business in Manningham. The standout feature of this event was the lunch hosted by Manningham Council and Manningham Business. The keynote speaker was business woman: Yvonne Bornstein. I have read her true story titled: Eleven Days of Hell which reads like a thriller. And as it states: A terrifying true story of kidnap, torture and dramatic rescue by the FBI and the KGB. To Yvonne’s credit she is ruthlessly honest about her flaws. As much as I’d like to publicise my own work, if there is one book that I believe would interest a range of readers it is: Yvonne’s compelling story. I also recommend this as addition material for VCE students studying the Context: Encountering Conflict.
In keeping with the first and future newsletters I will continue to include recommended reads, reviews, VCE tips and articles of interest.
September will feature two of my fiction works free from Amazon:
Drew Party (novella) – from 14th – 16th September
In Jeopardy (novel) – from 21st – 23rd September
As part of my writer research I read and review other writers’ works. Reviews feature exclusively on Amazon (some can be found on my blog). I have an Amazon reviewer’s profile page here.
There are over 33 million reviewers, currently I’m ranked at just above 11,000 with an 88% helpful rating. Between newsletters you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and here on my website to keep up with my news, publishing details and blog.
Feedback and requests are welcomed.
I’m on track for publishing an anthology of novellas late 2015. Readers can expect these stories to be in keeping with my brand of supernatural horror:
The Anthology begins with: The Lester followed by Lightning Strikes then finishes with the last and grimmest of this trio which is yet unnamed.
In keeping with my brand of horror these don’t rely on current clichés, such as vampires, werewolves, teen witches or adolescent romance. Supernatural threat drives the plot, Gothic themes permeate each tale and there are no happy endings.
Welcome to the winter 2015 edition of Lynette McClenaghan Author’s newsletter – English teacher applies literary hand to supernatural horror.
There will be four annual newsletters which will feature reviews, articles on my and other works of fiction.
These will include information and tips pitched at senior secondary school English students. Relevant teaching and study resources that I have created for Lyn McClenaghan Tutoring (est 2004), a service that tailors specialised teaching to individual student needs. Newsletter content is designed to offer something of interest and relevance to all subscribers.
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