Nursing Biography Reviews

Nursing Biography Reviews Time for Christmas shopping? Nursing and medical biographies are not just for nurses as most people experience hospitals at some time or another. Whether you have experience this as a staff member, patient or visitor, you will find this selection of books interesting:.............Read more

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Nursing biography published & goodbye to the London Chest Hospital

Posted on 11th August 2017 I finally finished the second book in the Hurry up Nurse series. I must admit that I enjoyed writing this one just as much as I did the first. It takes place in London and brought back wonderful memories of working at the London Chest Hospital. This post is written with fond memories and gladness that I have finished my second nursing biography but tainted by a tinge of sadness at having to say goodbye to the London Chest Hospital. Products from Bittersweet Whilst writing the book I discovered that the wonderful London Chest Hospital that has stood for over a hundred years and survived bomb damage in the Second World War has now been closed and like so many old hospitals, it is soon to become modern housing. I was pleased to see that after much campaigning by the residents in the area, that some of the older features will remain and be incorporated into the new build. The grounds also featured one of the East End’s oldest Mulberry Trees – I believe permission was granted for its removal by the developers. The tree stood beside the chapel which was destroyed in a bombing raid in World War 2. It will be transplanted but is unlikely to survive the move, it makes you want to cry. London Chest Hospital London Chest Hospital 1980 Situated in Bethnal Green, the hospital cornerstone was laid by Prince Albert in 1851 and it opened in 1855. It was principally a respiratory hospital for its first fifty years. Victorian England was rife with what was known as consumption (TB) and the hospital was a Godsend for people living in the overly populated and poverty stricken East End. Later on heart treatments were introduced and when I worked there from 1980-1982 it was a cardio-thoracic…

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7 Habits authors should develop in order to become better writers

Posted on 15th May 2017 inIndie authors, Writing for authors 7 Habits Authors Need to Develop in order to become better writers Introduction Successful authors are like successful people in all areas of life, they do things in common that contribute very much to their success. So how can we learn from such authors in order to help with our own success? This article will suggest 7 habits authors need to develop in order to become better writers. We can start by developing good habits. This article outlines 7 good habits that potential authors may find helps them break through writing barriers. Habit 1: Write about something that brings out your passion Whether writing fiction or non-fiction, it is important to write about something you are passionate about. Most successful authors have an emotional connection to their content or story. If you write fiction, it might be worth writing from a place of emotional familiarity. A genuine experience will come through in the writing that helps readers to connect with the story. If you are writing in the non-fiction genre, it is important to choose a topic you are passionate or enthusiastic about. A subject that you are knowledgeable about obviously helps and thorough research is required. Authors devote a lot of time to their writing, therefore you should include passion, sentiment and enthusiasm. Habit 2: Step outside of your comfort zone You can afford to experiment when you write. This is particularly true of fiction; you can develop characters that are blown up out of all proportion if you want to. The characters can go way beyond what you would do in real life and they can take risks. Your characters can make decisions that we would not have the courage to make in our own lives. After all, it’s not about what we…

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KDP Platform

How to Publish on Amazon's KDP Platform Are you publishing your own ebooks on Amazon's Kindle platform? If so, then I am sure you are excited about the simplicity of publishing a book in this way but that is only the beginning. The ebook market is huge and is only getting bigger. In some ways these days, it is a little harder to break through int this rapidly growing market, but at the same time, there are all kinds of tools and resources available to you. The industry has changed but we need to remember that we are now building the world's online library.You wouldn't be alone if you do not fully understand what is going on. It is kind of obvious with digital books being published that we have a digital library building up. How to Publish on Amazon's KDP platformis a simple yet complex process. To put this in perspective, the process is quite easy but there are quite a few things to be taken into account. In the coming years, there will be fewer printed books and more and more digital books so not publishing on the platform could be writer suicide.  eBook Growth The above should tell you as an aspiring author that you are taking part in the beginning of something, and so, whilst it comes with some caveats, growth in the eBook market represents a bigger opportunity than most people think. I am not one of those people who thinks that print books are dead because for many of us die hard reading fans, we still like the look, feel and smell of physical books. If you look around though at how the next generation are reading you will se that it is usually via a screen or with earphones (audio-books is a new growth area I believe). How to…

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Book Marketing

Marketing Books Great News - I will be library stock! Not me exactly, but my work. I was delighted to hear from my local library this week that they were happy to purchase stock of my memoir Hurry up Nurse. I have to say that since publishing the kindle version last August, followed by the paperback in September I have been on a very steep learning curve. I don't know quite what I imagined would happen when I published the book - immediate best seller...............? I soon learned I knew nothing about marketing books. Marketing - a new lesson Suffice it to say that I hadn't anticipated the amount of work that goes into marketing a book once it's published. It is definitely like learning to drive - it all starts after you pass your test! Many reading this I am sure will relate to this, particularly if you have begun a self publishing journey. After the initial flurry of sales from friends and family died down, it was learn, learn, learn. I think my poor Facebook friends must have got sick to death of the sight of my book cover and I hope that they have forgiven me for going into overdrive! I know this article is about being stocked in a library but I just wanted to write down all of the ploys for marketing books I have had to learn along the way. Social Media - What's that? First of all there was social media! What? I need to create a separate Facebook page, twitter account, Pinterest, Google +, YouTube, blog, website! Are you kidding me? The reality is - yes to most of these but it doesn't have to happen all in one day. I think the first priority for me was to create a separate FB page…

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Traditional Versus Self-Publishing

Traditional Versus Self Publishing Most authors dream of being the next J.K. Rowling or even the modern day Jane Austen or Charles Dickens. However we look at it, life for the average author is tough to start with. I am speaking as if I have loads of experience........ Although I am a relatively new self published author, I do have the experience of being both traditionally and self published and so for this reason, I wanted to write this blog post. I also wanted to get it all down in writing while the whole self publishing thing is still fresh in my memory - it is important to capture the moment at my age! I didn't realise that there was a traditional versus self publishing argumentuntil I self published my own book. My traditionally published bookwas one I co-edited with a colleague and is a textbook. There was one shortcut I made during that route and that was that I didn't have to approach an agent as textbook editors still allow direct contact from would-be authors. I was able to ring the editor, talk through my proposal, get a go ahead and then jump through all the other hoops required, knowing that the book was highly likely to be accepted for publishing. In this article I thought I would like to consider the advantages and disadvantages to both forms of publishing as the publishing world has been taken by storm over the past few years by the whole Indie scene, mainly due to that ever growing phenomena called Amazon! Traditional Publishing Advantages Kudos - The first thing my friends asked me last year when I published my nurse memoir was who is the publisher? Even my oldest friends were less than encouraging (note I said oldest not best!)Agent - if you have an agent (and you have…

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