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Create an online course – you can do it

Online course creation

For a long time I’ve thought of developing an online course but felt my lack of computer skills made it impossible. Now, I realise I can do it – with help from the Easy Course Creation material put together by Joseph Michael.

Yes! Joseph Michael, the Scrivener Coach.

I’ve looked at Joseph’s preliminary blogs and Facebook posts and followed through on the suggestions so far and now I’m optimistic. I’m already brimming with ideas how to design the course for online presentation. And I will be able to publish it.

You can do it too!

Take a look at these links and gain YOUR own confidence:

Discover the tools to help

These are the tools that made me realise it can be done. Thinkific is my favourite from this collection.                                               https://kb226.isrefer.com/go/freereport/lauriegilbert/


And that’s not all – have a look at the bundle:


Get the bundle here:        https://kb226.isrefer.com/go/coursecreationbundle/lauriegilbert/

And a FREE 3-Part Video Series

FREE 3-Part Video Series  –  Revealing the Exact Roadmap, Mindset, & Strategy for going from “no idea” to earning 5-figures a month (and beyond)…in as little as 12 weeks.

The first video is available now – https://kb226.isrefer.com/go/eccvideo/lauriegilbert/

More ahead in coming days – stay tuned.



Easy Course Creation – by Creator and Founder, Joseph Michael

Easy Course Creation – by Creator and Founder, Joseph Michael

Joseph Michael can help you to design, produce and profit from an online education course.

If you don’t know about Joseph Michael, you should find out. I’ll tell you the bare bones in a moment.

Easy Course Creation – FREE Course Creation Bundle

Right now I want to let you know about Joseph’s latest venture – Easy Course Creation, designed to help you to identify and translate your idea(s) and the skills you already have into a successful online education course.

Find out how to overcome the natural reservations we all have by sending for Joseph’s FREE Course Creation Bundle to help you on your way to produce a profitable online education course.

Do it now! It is only available for a limited time. Click the link. https://kb226.isrefer.com/go/coursecreationbundle/lauriegilbert/


Course Creation Bundle

Course Creation Bundle


About Joseph Michael

Joseph Michael is the Scrivener Coach, the man who developed the wildly successful program – Learn Scrivener Fast – that helps writers to use the powerful Scrivener writing software effectively, efficiently and quickly. He developed his coaching flair from teaching over 17,000 students. I undertook Learn Scrivener Fast recently and testify to the clever design, clarity and practicality of the course. Joseph demonstrates how versatile it is for:

– fiction

– non-fiction

course development

–  blogs and other projects.

Find out more in a webinar – Thursday, August 25

Find out more about Easy Course Creation by enrolling in a webinar – ‘The  Digital Nuts & Bolts of Creating a Course That Sells (While You Sleep)’ here. https://kb226.isrefer.com/go/augwebinar/lauriegilbert/

Make it real. Discover how to have a successful online education course that can change lives for the better.


You can get Joseph’s free Course Creation Bundle here – right now https://kb226.isrefer.com/go/coursecreationbundle/lauriegilbert/

And enrol in the free webinar ‘The Digital Nuts & Bolts of Creating a Course That Sells (While You Sleep)’ here. https://kb226.isrefer.com/go/augwebinar/lauriegilbert/

What you experience on this webinar will be different to most other trainings that only teach you “what to do”. During this workshop, you’ll actually learn “how” to make Scrivener work for your unique writing style.

Joseph will also be answering all your questions LIVE

Don’t delay.

ArtsLink Newsletter Issue 2 – all about wolves

ArtsLink Newsletter

The ArtsLink Newsletter is for readers, writers, and others interested in the arts who might like to follow the random harvests I reap from many a fascinating blog and other sources.

  • ArtsLink Newsletter Issue 2 – content
    One of my brothers regularly alerts family members to Internet links for video or photographic treats.
    I always enjoy them and several have contributed ideas that have found a place in my novels. His recent pick of a National Geographic YouTube video titled How wolves change rivers set me on an unexpected trail:
    # a spectacular conservation story
    # a reminder of an enjoyable novel
    # a nostalgic trip to ferret out a sixty-year-old travel journal
    # a surprising Book Club choice
    # a Disney movie
    # and more.
  • Access the ArtsLink Newsletter, Issue 2 at http://eepurl.com/b6sGr1
    Do sign up by using the ‘subscribe’ button on the top left of the Newsletter page if you’d like to receive future issues. I’d love to meet you there.
  • Wolves


ArtsLink! A new newsletter for readers and writers

ArtsLink Newsletter

You can find the first issue of the newsletter at http://bit.ly/28IYPhW

If you like the idea of the newsletter, visit Winfreda Donald’s blog at http://bit.ly/28Iru6p and sign up for future issues.


Crime stories set in Queensland, by Pat Noad

Some of Pat's books

Some of Pat’s books

Crime stories
If you like crime stories – and enjoy a sense of place – Pat Noad’s series of books about amateur sleuth Annie Bryce are for you. Where better to unravel a crime than in the vast and amazing state of Queensland?
Find out more about Pat’s stories by visiting her website
and about Pat by visiting her blog.

Enjoy the photographs on the site as well.

New blog on the block

Sara Delaval, new blogger

Sara Delaval, new blogger










There’s a new blog on the block. My mouth is watering already – looking forward to a new recipe book to be compiled by Sara Delaval. And I just love the banner on the blog home page and the photo of a delectable pear dish on the Writing Page. Go to wordsentencestories.wordpress.com to find out all about the blog and Sara’s plans.


Latest novel – Future Hope

Latest novel – Future Hope

Future Hope

Future Hope

Future Hope is Winfreda Donald’s third novel in The Long Shadows Series. The story continues to trace the separate lives of Freya and Alexander. Once more their paths cross in unusual circumstances – this time in Kruger National Park. They resolve to clear up the mysterious events that led to their parting some seventeen years previously – after Freya completes her humanitarian aid mission in southern Sudan. Will their lives change as the clock tips over on New Year’s Eve 1999 into the current century?

Future Hope is currently available as an e-book from major online booksellers and will be published in paperback format at the end of February.




Author interview – Sara Delaval

Today’s blog guest is Sara Delaval who recently published her first novel Cicadas in Summer. Congratulations Sara and thank you for visiting today.

Sara's first novel

Sara’s first novel

Where did you grow up Sara – and what brought you to Australia?

I was born and grew up in London, having survived a boarding school designed on Dickensian lines. What I remember most is being cold all the time. Summers were very short and heating everywhere was inadequate and I dreamed of living somewhere warm and sunny. So a girlfriend and I decided to join the ten pound poms and emigrate. After all, we could always come back and settle down later… I didn’t know then that you can never go back.

I’ve told some of that story in a mini-memoir for my family. It was great to have my memory jogged about the ‘old days’.

When did you first start writing?



As a young child I used to scribble stories in an exercise book at school, which I gave to my mother when I returned home on holidays. She would laugh indulgently and read them out loud, and even then, they sounded bad! But it didn’t stop me. My imagination was the happiest place in my life – only when lost in a book, or writing stories was I able to switch off from reality and create a world I’d like to live in. Typewriters helped later, but it was the word processing on computers which made it a whole lot easier, eventually.

What would you say are the main influences on your writing?

As a teenager I loved history and gobbled up historical novels, and books on travel – even cookery books. In fact, I just loved reading and all the books I have read during my life have influenced my writing in different ways. Now I lean more towards mysteries, detective novels and stories with adventure. I’d have to say that “life” in all its forms, has influenced my writing, things I have seen and done, my career, people I have met and of course, my own family.

How much does the story of Cicadas in Summer owe to your own experience?

Everything! Before I retired, my job was helping disadvantaged people and families. I managed a “social housing” service, and met all sorts of clients. It taught me a lot about how some people survive – just! The expression “how the other half live” was coined for these people, many of whom struggled all their lives. It was sometimes frustrating but I met many wonderful people and “Cicadas in Summer”, which isn’t a true story in any way, is based on my experiences. A sort of “What if?”

What is your writing process?

I’m ashamed to say – what process? I am not nearly disciplined enough and I know it. I’d like to be able to say that I shut myself in my office between the hours of X and Y – but I have never been able to do that. “Family” issues intervene, but I am trying…

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

Refer above! Also, one of the main delights in my life is cooking, so a lot of time is spent shopping, preparing and cooking food, plus I have a house to look after, family, friends I need to keep in touch with, books to read, etc . etc.

What do you read for pleasure?

I’m one of those people who can read several books at once – depending on my mood. These days I love detective stories, political thrillers, adventure stories by writers like Clive Cussler, Dan Brown and Matthew Reilly, plus the odd romance for a change. I have a study full of books and can never get rid of any – only add to them; and I go to the library regularly to find new writers to read.

Do you have other writing projects in progress?

I thought you’d never ask! Of course I do. I am writing my second novel, as yet untitled, based on a theme of domestic violence (another experience learned in my job). A beautiful model marries a handsome man, but all is not as it seems and he gradually becomes more violent and controlling…

I have said how I love to cook, well I am also planning a “recipe memoir”, bringing together many of the lovely recipes I have kept through my life and sharing them, along with stories of people I have met. This is something I have wanted to do for years and I’m finally getting around to it.

Sara Delaval

Sara Delaval

You can find Sara’s book on Feedaread (http://bit.ly/17eKHL2), Amazon (http://amzn.to/1vNPkrF) and all popular online bookstores. Happy reading.

Thank you Sara for telling us your story. I look forward to reading your next novel, and turning the pages of that personal recipe book.




New author – Sara Delaval

Sara Delaval’s first book has just been released. It is currently available through Feedaread.com and will shortly be available through most online booksellers.

Cicadas In Summer

In Brisbane, single parent Kate Anderson, 34, drops her two youngsters at school before a routine visit to Lisa, an emergency housing client. A Queenslander, social worker Kate has rebuilt her life after divorce and enjoys her work supporting disadvantaged people. After being first to witness the gory scene following the brutal murder of Lisa and her children, Kate turns to her close-knit family for support. She meets Jack, her brother’s solicitor friend and gratefully accepts his help, as the horrors multiply to engulf her. Suddenly and inexplicably, as she tries to piece the mystery together, Kate becomes the target of a prowler and telephone threats. Determined to find out why this is happening and feeling that the police are missing something, she ignores all warnings of risk to herself. Jack’s assistance becomes increasingly important and although romantic entanglements are out of the question, Kate finds herself strongly attracted to him. Events escalate with another killing and when Kate’s own precious children are kidnapped the stakes reach a new level. With the help of the police the children are rescued. Then when Prue, a work colleague disappears, Kate becomes bait to catch the killer.

Author interview – Nene Davies

Author Nene Davies

Author Nene Davies


It is my privilege and pleasure to welcome guest author Nene Davies back to my blog.

Nene, it’s a while since you guest-blogged about your writing. I know you have a couple of activities in the pipeline and a few successes behind you. Let’s start with what’s new. Please tell us your latest news.

Firstly, I’m excited to say that Distance is now available in paperback! Much as I loved having an e-book published, there is nothing quite like a real live book-book. I’m touched at how warmly this new version has been received and I’m currently in the throes of contacting various booksellers to see if anyone would like to stock it! I have a signing day booked, with Dymocks of Carindale Queensland, on 7th June 2014 and have started to approach other bookstores too. Marketing and self-promotion are rather uncomfortable yet necessary hats that authors need to wear in order to spread the word!

Distance as paperback

Distance as paperback

I’ve finished writing the Distance sequel and I’m hoping to get that published within the next few months. This book is called Further and there will be a third in the series, with the working title of Surfacing. I’ve made a start on Book 3, but to be honest I haven’t really delved into the heart of the story as yet. I’m looking forward to getting back into it!

Why did you choose FeedARead as your publisher?

An author friend recommended Feedaread to me, as she has had tremendous success with publishing two of her novels with them. I am absolutely delighted with the paperback version of Distance and really impressed with Feedaread as a whole. Any queries have been answered promptly, the site is easy to navigate and informative and the actual book is of very high quality.

For the bookshelf

For the bookshelf

What was the most challenging part about getting your book into print?

Without doubt, for me the most challenging part was the formatting as that’s definitely not my forte! However, now that the book is actually published, I’m thrilled with how it looks.

When I reviewed your e-book Distance, I felt an itch to know what happened next for the Richardson family. At that time did you have a second instalment in mind?

Yes, I felt that there was more of the Richardson family story to come and I wanted to focus on middle child Jacob, and grandmother, Helen in particular. The third book will have more to do with the youngest child, Becky. Distance followed the family’s adventures and struggles as they set about emigrating across the world and dealt with the challenges of leaving loved ones behind. Further explores the impact that dementia can have on a close-knit family, set against the backdrop of teenage boundary-testing, finding one’s feet in a new country, keeping a marriage alive – and everything in between.

The story in Distance, although about the fictional Richardsons, called on your own family’s experiences of migration to an extent. Does Further follow a similar path?

In some ways it does, yes. My own Mum had vascular dementia for the last few years of her life and we tried to find ways of dealing with what could sometimes be very worrying and unusual behaviours. However, Nana Helen’s storyline in Further isn’t a true-life account and neither are the ups and downs of teenager Jacob. As with Distance, I wrote the story from the viewpoint of ‘what if?’

How far along are you with the second volume?

The manuscript is complete and I’m now editing. I have my wonderful writer friends to thank for their honest critiques and insightful comments which are helping me to keep up the pace and flow of the story within a realistic framework. I’m stoked with how it’s looking already!

Would you think of giving a title to the series? Any ideas?

A name would be terrific, but I haven’t come up with one yet!

Completing two novels and having a third on the way within a couple of years is quite an achievement. As I know you have an eventful family and social life, I’m wondering how you manage to fit it all in.

I have always wanted to write. Being able to put ‘author’ in my passport as my occupation has been a long-held dream and it is only in the last few years that I’ve had the time and space to knuckle down and write that novel! I treat writing like a job. I ‘go to work’ in my little office and don’t allow myself to become distracted with things going on in the house around me. Afternoons are my writing time and I’m extremely fortunate to have an amazingly supportive family.

Creative marketing

Creative marketing

Many thanks to Nene for sharing her experiences. Please join me in wishing her a big success when she publishes Further, the second book of the series. I look forward to including it on my bookshelf very soon.

You can find Nene’s blog on her website http://www.nenedavies.com and her book on Amazon http://amzn.to/1jzE0Wd. Distance is also stocked by all major online booksellers.




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