NEW BOOK: When The Rainbow Smiled by Anthony James Donnelly

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Originally written back in 2000 as the sequel to my first publication, When The Trees Held Their Breath, this short, illustrated work tells the story of how colour first came to the world as a ‘smiling’ rainbow. At a much deeper level, the resounding message is one of peace, love, acceptance, and harmony.

This work is especially dear to my heart, as I thought it was lost forever. At the turn of the millennium, certain members of the UK education system were showing an interest in this work as an education tool for primary school children. Since I was living in the US at that time promoting “Trees”, I handed the project and all of my artwork over to an old Secondary School friend of mine, Richard Eyre. He had many contacts, and worked diligently with them to compile a teaching resource to accompany my short, powerful story.

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Artwork by Mani Navasothy

Sadly, the project failed to reach fruition at the last minute, and was shelved. When you are an industry outsider, it’s very hard to break into a market that is controlled by the larger organisations! Even sadder is the fact that Richard passed away this year in a tragic motorbike accident in Thailand, where he had been living for the past seven years working on humanitarian projects.

It was at his funeral recently that I was surprised to be reunited with my text and some of my original watercolour artwork once more. Although a handful of my original art was missing, they had been replaced by the fantastic work of Mani Navasothy (an artist Richard had hired to ‘upgrage’ some of my images) which add even more depth and colour to my words.

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Artwork by Anthony Donnelly

With the advancement of online publishing and print-on-demand technology, I decided to edit and format this into a full colour publication in honour of my late friend, Richard.

Although I have no doubt that this short book alone will not bring about world peace, this is part of my continuing contribution to that effort. Perhaps some younger readers and their parents will take the themes and messages of my text and open a dialogue about how we, as a combined human race, can work towards that end. A good start would be to bring peace into our personal lives, more understanding in our daily encounters with friends and strangers, a daily focus on love rather than war… We can only hope that by a collective effort and focus on love and acceptance, our children may get the opportunity to live in a war-free world.

When The Rainbow Smiled is available in print format and Kindle via the Amazon website. I love to hear feedback from my readers, so please help spread the word by sharing, posting reviews, and leaving me comments. May this year end well for you, and may 2016 bring you closer to your dreams.

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The Shepherd Cover ArtANTHONY DONNELLY blogs about all things writing, inspirational, and motivational. He has published a number of books for children and adults. His latest book, a short, inspirational parable THE SHEPHERD  is currently climbing up the Amazon charts, and is available in Kindle or paperback. When not sat at his keyboard writing, he can be found in Costa Rica, North America, or somewhere in Europe motivating and coaching individuals and groups in self-development techniques and life-balance. Most recently you can see him back on the sets of films and in front of the modelling camera again.

#Author Interviews Coming Soon…!

Happy-New-Year-Wish-WallpaperTo start the New Year off the way I mean to go forward, I’m excited to say there has been a great interest in my author interviews, and I have some very exciting, new authors to interview this month.

Stay tuned for the first of them coming some time in the next few days…

I’m now booking authors for interview into February, so if you are interested, please read my earlier post: Looking to Interview Authors

 

REMEMBER: You can still get my books on Amazon too! And please like my fb page, if you haven’t already!

 

Proof Indie Publishing Works

Since making the switch from taking the traditional publishing route to independent publishing, I have had my reservations. Was being independently published just a ‘cop out’? Were the accolades the same? Would people still see me as a ‘real’ author…?

Although my time with a traditional publisher in the US was rather short lived, I never gave up the dream of having my other works published and find an audience. I am happy to say that yesterday gave me the answer I was looking for.

Over a decade ago, I thought I’d put my first full length novel (a concept novel, part of a trilogy) in its grave after five years of trying to find a home for it with the big publishing houses. There didn’t appear to be a way to publish it and there was no way to reach an audience. Independent publishing was still in its infancy, and the tools just weren’t there.

Yesterday proved that all wrong!

New 49q coverNever Give Up On Your Dreams!

Thankfully, with some hard work and great networking, I was able to use social media platforms like WordPress, Facebook, and (mostly) twitter to promote my free book giveaway. Obviously, I was a little apprehensive and wondered if anybody would download a copy. The feedback initially from Amazon was rather slow: after six hours I had barely made an impact, rating about #63 in one category, but people were downloading my book!

By persisting and experimenting with different posts and tweets (not too many, mind!) my novel began to get more and more downloads and crept up the rankings ladder.

The independent writer-publisher network is huge, I found out. It was an exciting and humbling experience to see online friends – ‘virtual’ strangers (lol) – retweeting my book and pitching in to help spread the word. They had nothing to gain from helping me. I wasn’t paying for any promotion. Yet, there they were, these invisible friends, all playing a vital role in launching and promoting my work!

Awesome! Thank you all.

When I awoke this morning, I almost cried, my humble little offering had made it to #1 in one category and #5 in another…!!! I thought I must still be dreaming. While I was asleep, my social media friends were hard at work, not doing much you may think, just clicking and retweeting, but as a team effort WE DID IT…!!! YOU did it 🙂

The number of free downloads amazed me – in the hundreds! In only 24 hours, and counting. Now, I don’t expect my novel to become a bestseller – it’s not that kind of novel – it’s rather hit and miss, whether the readers will enjoy it completely. Now comes the tricky bit… will people post reviews? What will the reviews be like? Can I face the music, if the response is negative?

Right now, I’m up on Cloud Nine, and the potential negative reviews will probably bounce off, I’m reeling in the awe of having my book make it to #1. If you’d like to find out what all the fuss is about, it’s still free for a while, and you can download it here: 49q? The Enigma Continues.

So, if you’re an indiepub or are planning to publish a book soon, I hope this will give you the strength to carry onward, to stay positive and publish and promote your book. It can be done! With a little help from your friends… helping them out along the way (maybe you didn’t know how important that retweet or share really was)… Together as a united team of independent publishers we can continue to bring diversity and unedited creativity to the readership, letting THEM decide what’s worthy of publication, not the (often) narrow-minded editors of big publishing houses.

Again… THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH… YOU ROCK!!!

If you have a book you’re working on or needs a little more promotion, PLEASE let me help pay back all the kindness I have received with my launch and give you a push in the right direction. Contact me in the comments section, or send me a tweet! Good luck with your writing endeavors.

#MondayBlogs Coming Soon: A Self-Help Workbook to Accompany The Shepherd

Brilliant news, folks! I am currently working on a companion guide to go with my inspirational parable, The Shepherd.

Shepherd Workbook coverI’m aiming for this to be ready before the end of the year to coincide with people’s New Year resolutions. It expands on many of the topics raised in the parable with many helpful tips, exercises, techniques and guidance to improve your life situation and live a much more conscious lifestyle. Building upon the young shepherd experiences and utilizing quotations from the text, it will be crammed full of helpful ideas and constructive information about:

  • Meditation
  • Living consciously
  • Overcoming fear & adversity
  • Self-responsibility
  • Leadership
  • Well-being
  • and much, much more…!

Follow this blog to stay updated on progress and to be the first to take advantage of the FREE giveaway launch in the run-up to the end of the year.

Be happy! Be One!