20 Random Things About Me

I thought that a really great way to get to know the person behind the blog VictoriaVirgo.com was if I shared some things about myself.

I have put together a little list of 20 random things about me that I hope you find interesting, amusing and fun. Enjoy.

20 Random Facts about Me

A Random Collection of 20 Things about Me

  1. My name is Victoria and it is my dream is to make a full-time living from fiction writing and blogging. So watch this space.
  2. I was named after the character Victoria from a TV Western programme called The High Chaparral. It ran from 1967 until 1971. My mum loved that show.
  3. My Author name is Audra Bell. I wanted a way to separate my romance writing from my non-fiction stuff, which is under my real name, so I created a beautiful pen name. I chose the first name because it begins with the first letter of the alphabet and because I love the American actress Audra McDonald. I chose Bell because it begins with the second letter of the alphabet and I thought it had a nice ring to it  Audra Bell.
  4. My first record was “My Camera Never Lies” by Bucks Fizz (1982).
  5. After watching the episode of The Walton’s, where their house burned down, I used to have nightmares.
  6. When I was 22 I went to Australia. I went to a pub on my own, bought myself a celebratory birthday drink – Southern Comfort & Lemonade – and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
  7. During a school trip to Ramsgate, a seaside town in England, when I was about 7 years old, I fell over on the slippery moss covered stones on the shore line, soaking my uniform, and ended up spending the rest of the day walking around in my shirt and underpants.
  8. I drank so much crap cheap red wine when I was an au pair in Germany, that I have been put off it ever since. I am slowing trying to learn how to drink red wine again by drinking something called Tinto Verano, which is chilled red wine mixed with lemonade – a popular drink in Spain.
  9. While working as an au pair, I took the day off due to a bad migraine, but proceeded to go to a Sting concert later that evening.
  10. However I returned home at midnight with no keys, and rather than wake the whole household (and their mad barking dog), I ended up sleeping in their car, which was fortunately open but it was freezing. Karma certainly bit me on the ass!!
  11. I hate custard.
  12. I took part in a secondary school demonstration in support of teachers pay. The students refused to go back to class for the rest of the day. Hurrah!
  13. I took up smoking at aged 14 – it lasted 3 days. I just couldn’t see the point.
  14. I got a job in a clothing store. I lasted 2 days as I was so bored out of my mind that I just didn’t go back. 4 weeks later the company sent me a cheque for the days I worked which was an unexpected surprise.
  15. After 10 years of wishing and hopingI finally realised my dream of visiting Cuba. I went on a Salsa dancing holiday to Santiago de Cuba, the second largest city in the country. It was amazing.
  16. I have a teaching qualification. I am qualified to Teach English as a Foreign Language. I got my certification but have not had a chance to use it yet.
  17. In my teens, I experimented with make-up and wore a lot of electric blue mascara – on a black girl? – what was I thinking! Hehehehe.
  18. I have been to Disneyland Paris, Disneyland Florida and on a Disney Cruise and had a fabulous time. (my sister used to work for the company).
  19. I have problems pronouncing the word reconnaissance.
  20. I love Victoria Sponge Cakes.

There are quite a few more things I could add to this list but I will leave that for another time. I hope that gives you a little insight into who I am.

Have Your Say: I would love for you to share one random fun fact about yourself. Leave a comment down below.

Author Website – Why You Should Have an Author Website

A for Author Website

A – Z of My Fiction Writing Business Tips

An Author Website is the online home for your fiction writing business. It is the one place where you can decide how to showcase your fiction and introduce yourself to readers. You can choose to use a free site from the many different companies like blogger, WordPress.com or you can buy a domain and hosting.

The free sites are a great way to start if you are working on a tight budget or you are not sure how to set up a site. However I would always suggest that it is a good idea to buy a domain and hosting because then you are in complete control of your site and it can not be shut down and removed without your consent.

Why You Should Have an Author Website

3 Tips on Creating an Author Website

#1 – Use Your Author Name as Your Website Name

When you set up your author website, it is always a good idea to use your name. If your name is not available then add something to the beginning or end that makes sense.

When I decided on the pen name Audra Bell, I discovered that this domain name was not available so I added the word writes at the end so it became Audrabellwrites.com.

You could add the word writer, author, fiction writer, your middle name or just your middle initial if you like.

I wanted a domain name with .com at the end as they are the ones that are most common but you can get a domain name with your country’s extension or with .net, .org if you prefer.

Extra Tip – If you are looking to buy your first domain, Click Here to Buy a Domain Name for 99p from Godaddy.

#2 – Promote Your Books in Your Posts

The best thing about setting up an author website is that you can write about your books 🙂 You can write as little or as much as you want. The site is another way for people to find you online.

If you are unsure about what you should write then the simplest posts that you can put together are posts about the books you have published. The easiest way to create these posts is to use the blurbs you created for your Amazon book page. Just copy and paste the information, add your book cover and then add links to the Amazon store so that people can go ahead and make a purchase.

If you do not use Amazon, then link to the online stores where your books are sold. Once you have done that, publish your posts and share them on your social media accounts for further exposure.

Extra Tip – If you have an Amazon affiliate account, use your affiliate links and you could earn commissions from people who visit the site through one of your links. They may buy one of your books (sweet) or they may purchase something else. Either way, you will earn a little commission from their action.

#3 – You Can Collect Email Addresses Which Helps Increase Book Sales

One of the easiest ways to make money from your fiction writing is if you have a solid fanbase of readers who enjoyed one of your books and are interested in buying more. Having an author website enables you to add a subscribe link where people can provide you with their email address and you can get in touch with them. Building a successful relationship with your subscribers can lead to wonderful engagement and lead to future sales.

A good way to encourage potential readers to sign up to your email list is to offer a free book. It can be a short story or a preview of an existing book you have on sale.

Extra TipClick Here to Sign up for a Free Mailerlite Account. You can add up to 1,000 subscribers before you have to pay a penny to send out emails.

My Author Website – My Experience So Far

My author website Audrabellwrites.com is definitely a work in progress. There are still bits and pieces that I want to do in order to improve the look and functionality but the most important thing was that I bought the domain name and got started.

I will be adding a Free Books Page and I will improve on the Subscribe Page too so it is more enticing.

If I have more time, I will work on different types of blog posts to add, maybe introduce other authors but right now my time is best served writing more stories to sell 🙂

This post is part of my A-Z of Fiction Writing Business Tips Series
Click Here for The Other Posts in The Series

Have Your Say: Do you have an author website? Do you think that it has helped your fiction writing business? I would love you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

My March Review and April Goals

My March Review, Income Report & April Goals

Last week’s post My March Highlights looked at the wonderful stuff I got up to during the month. This week I am looking at how I did with my money making goals for March. This is also the time to set my goals for April. Here goes.

March Review and April Goals

My Goals for March & The Results

#1 To Write One Short Story

#2 To Publish One Short Story
Yes, I published Josephine Falls in Love

#3 To Create a Second Box Set for My Short Stories
Yes – The Love Series – Volume 2 – in the picture above 🙂

#4 To Publish 1 Post Per Week for This Blog
I only missed one week but I was on holiday and didn’t want to do any work. Here are the posts for March:

#5 To Add 100 New Subscribers to My Author List
Yes – I also signed up for a free account with Mailerlite. It has a really easy to use format. You can add up to 1,000 subscribers for free and if I upgrade, it works out cheaper than Aweber. I will see how things go.

#6 To Increase My Kindle Book Earnings by 100%
Yes – I was happy with the steady increase in profits. If you want to know exactly how much I earned, Enter Your Email Details Below to sign up to my newsletter and access to My Monthly Earnings Report 🙂

My Thoughts

I was happy with the income I made from my short stories but I wasn’t able to offer the discount that I wanted to. I think this would have increased my earnings even more.
This month I will be offering one of my box sets at a discount price. Let’s hope readers will grab it.

Goals for April

#1 To Write One Short Story
#2 To Publish Two Short Stories
#3 To Work on My 5 Day Challenge Workshop
#4 To Publish 1 Post Per Week for This Blog
#5 To Add 100 New Subscribers to My Author List
#6 To Increase My Kindle Book Earnings by 100%

My Plans for April

I am taking part in a Romance Books Free Giveaway Promo, which should increase my subscriber list.

I will be using the same 4-part email sequence that I used for March. I will measure to see if this is effective.

I have also signed up for a Discount book promo for the end of the month, where I am offering one of my box-sets for 99p / 99 cents, which should help increase sales.

I purchased Tiffany Lambert’s How to Host a Challenge Course and will work through this to create my own challenge. I have a couple of ideas and hope to have this completed by the end of the month. I will also write up a review for this course at some point.

That’s what I have planned for April. Keep your fingers crossed for me 🙂

Have Your Say: How were your goals for March? Were you happy with the results? I would love for you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

My March Highlights – Happy Holidays

Looking back at my highlights for March, it seems that the beginning of the month was a fairly quiet month for me. I did quite a few bits and pieces for my fiction writing, which was good. The end of the month was spent enjoying a stress-free holiday in the middle of no-where, doing absolutely nothing. It certainly helped me recharge my batteries.

Next week’s post will look at my fiction writing business achievements. This post includes the fun stuff I got up to during March.

My March Highlights

My March Highlights

These are the things that brought me joy in March 2017:

  • I watched Hidden Figures with my mum and my sister
  • At the theatre I watched Moliere’s comedy The Miser
  • At the theatre I watched the musical Bubbly Black Girl
  • I went on holiday to Spain and France
  • I purchased Ed Sheeran’s Album, Divide – This album inspired this post
  • I purchased the book Get Rich Lucky Bitch by Denise Duffield-Thomas

I read the following books:

You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Journalling or Journaling?

I am not sure which is right but I know that I wrote at least 100 words in my journal every day for the whole month, which I was pleased about because I even managed to make time to write while I was on holiday.

My Fun Plans for April

Now that I have returned from my relaxing holiday, I am not sure what fun stuff April has in store for me.

I know that I want to get stuck into Denise Duffield-Thomas’ book Get Rich, Lucky Bitch. She is a money mindset coach and the book is about how to release your money blocks so that you can live the life of your dreams. I think her strategies are based on the lessons from The Law of Attraction and she adds actionable tasks on how to get what you want from life.

Other than that, we shall see how things go.

That’s it for now – In next week’s post I will take a look at my online goals 🙂

Have Your Say: What was the highlight of March for you? I would love for you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.