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Tales Post – Thank you YALC, Thank you Everyone

I’ve spent most of this weekend chilling out following YALC and it’s been blissful.  I’m not sure about anyone else, but it always takes me a good while to recover after a pretty full on YALC.  I’m always so exhausted afterwards so I am hoping this coming week I will have a little spring back in my step and less bags under my eyes.

I love YALC so much.  I love the books, the atmosphere, chatting to like minded people from the community and meeting up with authors that are new and familiar to me, bloggers and publishers and of course hanging out with amazing friends and people.  It always just makes me smile so much.

Before YALC this year I was feeling in a bit of limbo with my blog, my reading and even my writing.  I’ve had a lot going on recently and I’ve found it hard to find the time to fit things in. I’ve been so exhausted that I’ve lacked the motivation to do anything remotely creative.  (Although I did manage to binge watch a lot of Netflix!). I even wondered if it was worth carrying on blogging!

Cue YALC!

I didn’t realise how much I needed something to make me open up my eyes again and as silly as it sounds give me that little boost that I realised I needed in one sense, but maybe not in others.  I was SO excited for YALC, but I didn’t realise how much I actually needed YALC to snap me out of my spell of whatever was going on in my brain.

And boy did YALC do that!

I had such a wonderful time!

Some highlights for me personally were –

  • Staying in the same hotel as a couple of my friends which meant that we could meet up for breakfast every morning and then walk to YALC together and generally just chat along the way.
  • Chatting to so many other bloggers, some new to me and some I’ve met before, but seeing everyone’s happiness and enthusiasm was completely infectious.

  • Spending a lot of my time in panels or getting books signed this year rather than the workshops and whilst I had a rough plan on my highlighted YALC schedule of what I wanted to do everyday I found that I ended up just going with the flow and this was just what I needed.  It was amazing to hear and see so many wonderful authors and I left everyday feeling inspired by every single one of them.

  • Meeting lots of fab authors, but the highlight for me was sitting front row for the Tom and Giovanna Fletcher talk.  I even got to ask them a question and then got my book signed!  I have been a huge fan of them both for quite some time, but I’ve never met them so this was a dream come true!

  • All of the book stands!  OMG how fab were they!  I could have walked away with far more books than I did.  YALC is seriously dangerous for the wallet!  As well as all of the books though it was fab to talk to some of the publishers, people that I’ve met before and people that I’ve only chatted to over email.  It’s always nice to put a face to a name.

  • Meeting up with my personal publishing hero Anne Finnis and spending time with her, Kim Curran and my friend Amy.  For those of you who don’t know I am a huge fan of Point Horror and Anne was responsible for publishing them back in the 90’s.  We met up at YALC  a few years ago now and every time I see her I turn into a fan girl (sounds silly I know, but as I said to Anne…Point Horror was my childhood and if she hadn’t published them I may not be the person I am today!).  It was just lovely to take some time out to chat about books and writing amongst other things and the whole conversation was hugely inspiring.

  • An evening out with my friends Amy, Olivia and Laura and our families.  What a laugh we had over burgers and milkshakes.  We have to make this a YALC tradition!

And with thanks to wonderful family and friends I even pushed myself out of my comfort zone….

  • I normally just stay up on the YALC floor and don’t venture down to LFCC, but this year my son was determined to get me down there and with my pop vinyl obsession how could I not go down?  For those of you who don’t know, I am partially sighted and therefore I find it very stressful and hard in crowded spaces to navigate around without constantly bumping into people.  But I did it!  And I loved it!
  • With thanks to my friend Amy for pushing me a little I pitched my story idea to an agent with a view to gaining some feedback on the idea.  It was a nerve-wracking but a great experience and it was great to hear feedback which has given my some fresh ideas to put into my writing
  • I had my picture taken with a celebrity, Arthur Darvill.  That meant me pushing myself out of my comfort zone again.  I was super nervous and terrified of the queuing process down in LFCC, but I did it and as you can tell from my super happy smiling face it was amazing!

These things I would never have done before, but I always say to my son when he is going some where new to always try one thing out of his comfort zone each time, so I thought I would take my own advice!

I guess what I’m trying to say is thank you to everyone who I spoke to, hugged, laughed with and hung out with.  I have left YALC feeling motivated and inspired by every single one of you.

If ever I feel like giving up I will simply read back this blog post, think of all of the amazing and wonderful things above and the memories we created and maybe think to myself that I shouldn’t give up.  Think about how inspired every single one of you has made me feel, always so welcoming and warm and energetic.  That alone is enough.  That alone makes me beam with happiness whilst I am writing this.

Thank you

x

P.S – Jason Mamoa…that is all!

Tales Events – UKYABA Blogging Workshops at YALC!

 


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*Blows off cobwebs and curses my was broken now fixed laptop*

Back in July 2015 I was lucky enough to have taken part in a blogging workshop at YALC!

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This was thanks to the UKYABA where I won an award for Champion Newcomer back in March 2015!  It was an unexpected, nerve wracking, lovely added bonus to winning the award and an opportunity and experience that I feel so honoured and thankful to the UKYABA and YALC for.

You can find out more about when I found out about the Blogging Panels at YALC here

You can also find out about the UKYABA awards and why I love UKYA here and also find out what we got up to at the UKYABA awards night here


Blogging 101 (Blogging for Beginners) Workshop

So the panel I was on was called Blogging 101 (Blogging for Beginners) Workshop and I was with the fabulous Andrew ( @PewterWolf13 ) and lovely Laura ( @SisterSpooky ) and chaired by the brilliant Andy Robb !

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The scene was set and we all wondered how one earth all these seats would be filled!  I mean who would want to come and see us yapping on about blogging?!

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I mean look how terrified we were!

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But people did come!  I know!  How did that happen?!  It was so wonderful to see all these people enthusiastic about blogging and books if I wasn’t so nervous I think I would have shed tears of happiness (okay so this may have happened afterwards)!

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My lovely husband filmed the workshop!  There was quite a bit of back ground noise so the quality of the video is not the best, but it gives any one who could not attend a chance to see what was discussed.  I have not edited the video so it is the full 45 minutes long.

I present to you the Blogging 101 (Blogging for Beginners) Workshop!

At the end of the workshop I gave out some goodie bags which I put together specifically for the workshop.  I popped books, bookish swag, copies of reviews and a mini review guide (which I will pop up on my blog soon) into the bags.

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A huge thank you to Jessie at Stripes Publishing and Jazz at Chicken House for providing me with some swag to pop in the bags and an even bigger huge thank you to the lovely Maggie at Egmont for offering and providing me with two of my favourite books of 2015, Seed and The It Girl to pop into the bags also.  I am so so thankful for all of your kindness and generosity xx

Also huge thank you to my husband and son, Corey who helped carry 80 books and swag across London and helped me pop the bags together in the Green Room at YALC as well as lovely Lucy Saxons lovely Mom who helped us pop the items in the bags!

So there you have it!  It was so much fun!


Taking your Blog to the Next Level Workshop

So next up after our workshop was the Taking your Blog to the Next Level Workshop with the brilliant Vivienne ( @Serendipity_Viv ) , the awesome Jim ( @YAYeahYeah ) and the super Lucy ( @LucyTheReader ) again chaired by the brilliant Andy Robb !

I stayed to watch this panel and take some pictures!  It was a brilliant workshop full of advise and again it was wonderful to see so many people come to the workshop all interested in blogging and books!

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Again my lovely husband filmed the workshop (I took over for a bit at the start)!  There was quite a bit of back ground noise so the quality of the video is not the best, but it gives any one who could not attend a chance to see what was discussed.  I have not edited the video so it is the full 45 minutes long.

I present to you the Taking your Blog to the Next Level Workshop

At the end of this workshop I had arranged with the other blogging workshop panellists to put together a little thank you to Andy Robb for all his hard work for the UKYABA and for providing us with support during the lead up to the workshops and always!  He is a top man and one that I am very proud to have got know through my time blogging.

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It’s also been AMAZING to see the people who attended the workshops reaction and response on twitter!  I’m sure I speak for us all when I say that this has been truly amazing and we are so so thankful to everyone for their support and kind words.

The UKYABA Blogging For Beginners Workshop was also featured on the Booktrust Website – check us out here !

I wrote about the Blogging Workshops and UKYABA prior to YALC here

Check out this fab article in the Guardian about taking your blog to the next level by @lucythereader – here

I also loved this blog post by panelist Viv about taking your blog to the next level that she wrote prior to the workshops here

Fab blogging workshop panelist @sisterspooky wrote a lovely post about her workshop experience here

The awesome @pewterwolf13 wrote about his YALC and blogging workshop experience here

Theres a fab write up here from the lovely @livilev all about the workshops – here

Also another fab write up about Yalc and the blogging workshops by @unbeatablebooks –  here

and @howtoreadbookshere

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Before I go….

Before I go I just wanted to thank every one who came to either of the blogging workshops!  It was amazing to see everyone there!

A huge thank you to Andy Robb, UKYABA and YALC for making this happen, supporting bloggers everywhere and giving me the some confidence in public speaking back!

Thank you to the publishers who helped me put together the goodie bags in a short amount of time and to Maggie at Egmont who attend the blogging for begginers workshop and live tweeted!

Thank you to my lovely husband for filming the workshops, Lisa over at @City_Of_Ya for taking lots of photos on my phone and also providing me with photos she had taken too.

Thanks to my workshop buddies Andrew and Laura who made the workshop so much fun and made me laugh so much and to Jim, Lucy and Viv for an inspiring, fun second panel.

Most of all thank you to the UKYA blogging community!  I feel honoured everyday to have met and know such wonderful people.  Sometimes I have to pinch myself!  The bloggers, publicists, authors and friends I have made!  You are all wonderful and I am so so proud and thankful to be a part of it!

Thank you!

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Tales Post – UKYABA / YALC – Blogging Workshops!


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 So it’s always super nice to get an email off the lovely Andy Robb fab author and mastermind behind the brilliant UKYA Blogger Awards which began this year.

Find out all about the UKYABA HERE !

I was honoured and lucky enough to win the Champion Newcomer Award at the UKYABA back in March!  I still have to pinch myself when I see the glass award sitting on my shelf.

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Driving along the M6 from work a couple of weeks ago, I hear my email tone on my phone ringing.  Asking my lovely husband to check it for me all I heard was the words “Oh Wow!  It’s from Andy Robb”.  I immediately asked what the email was!  Had Andy realised there was a mistake and wanted his award back?  He He He 🙂 I quickly asked my husband read the email out to me!

Basically I had been asked by the lovely Andy Robb if I would like to take part in a blogging workshop chaired by himself on Sunday 19th July at…….

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*tummy flips*

I couldn’t quite believe what I was hearing (even now I am still in a state of shock) and as soon as I pulled up at home I read it with my own eyes and with a nervous butterfly feeling inside I replied YES please!  I knew I needed to reply straight away as I knew the more I thought about it the more I would convince myself not to do it!

Even now whilst typing this or every time someone asks me about it I feel a little queasy, but I do believe in pushing myself out of my comfort zone so I am also happy and excited about the prospect and very thankful for the opportunity.

This is an unbelievable fantastic opportunity for not only myself and the other UKYABA winners, but for all bloggers out there!  With thanks to the UKYABA and YALC it really feels that bloggers are getting some recognition and I am truly honoured to be asked to be part of this workshop.

I am so so proud of the blogging community and very proud and thankful to Andy Robb for creating and organising the UKYABA all with bloggers in mind and for bloggers to be recognised for everything they do.

*claps hands and gives standing ovation*

So the details…….

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I will be taking part in the Blogging 101 (Blogging for Beginners) Workshop with the fabulous Andrew ( @PewterWolf13 ) and lovely Laura ( @SisterSpooky ) chaired by Andy Robb

Sunday 19th July @ 12:30pm – 1:15pm

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I’m sure it’s going to be so much fun!

Here we all are……

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If you are at YALC on Sunday 19th July do pop along and see us!  We are all super friendly and would love to hear all of your blogging questions.  If your new to blogging or want to start come and have a chat and we will all try and answer any questions you may have 🙂

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Straight afterwards there is another workshop too!

Taking your Blog to the Next Level 

Sunday 19th July @ 1:30pm – 2:15pm

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With the brilliant Vivienne ( @Serendipity_Viv ) , the awesome Jim ( @YAYeahYeah ) and the super Lucy ( @LucyTheReader ) again chaired by the brilliant Andy Robb !

Want to find out how to take your blog to the next level come along and ask your questions!


To find out more about YALC or the 2015 programme at YALC click here

To find our more about the UKYABA click here

To find out what we got up to at the blogging workshops click here

Again another huge huge thank you for asking me and making this happen to Andy Robb, UKYABA and YALC!

I really hope and look forward to seeing you all there!  Do come and say hi and join in the fun 🙂

Are you coming to YALC this year?  Will you be attending the blogging workshops?  We would love to see you there!  Leave a comment using the reply button above or why not tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

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