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A Cuppa Book Launch is happening now!

8 Dec

The book launch is on now http://www.facebook.com/ACuppaandAnArmchair/posts/207771662637092#!/events/256764657711969/

Come and show your support – tell us what biscuits you like to dunk in your cuppa!


Time for my CUPPA!

27 Nov

A cup of tea and a slice of chocolate cake is waiting for me. You cannot begin to imagine how long I have dreamt about sitting down to enjoy such simplicity without the computer switched on, or nagging thoughts running around my mind.

Today is a special day, no, today is an amazing day. Finally, I can put my feet up and say, I have earned this!

What am I talking about? Well A Cuppa and an Armchair of course. It has totally consumed me over the last couple of months. I have literally put the kids to bed and started working every evening, switching the computer off as I get nudged and told it is time for bed.

My lunch breaks have been taken up by meetings or responding to emails, research and more. The most hilarious moment for me was when in a moment of panic I decided it was time to refer to the how to guides…it wasn’t long before A Simple Guide became a much needed reference. (Shameless plug but honestly, it was a permanent fixture on my iPad)

As with all projects, I had two little voices, the one that said give up, you never agreed to this much work, and the other one that said, you have told the world what you are doing, why you are doing it, and those that have chosen to be part of this trust you. They believe in you.

That is an almighty burden that I never envisaged. I never contemplated letting other people down at the beginning. When this started, it was about a charity called Equipe and raising money. Today, and I reached this conclusion sometime back, I can say this book is not about Equipe, it is about the writers and artists and everyone in between who got involved and took this opportunity and really made it something special. Equipe getting the money for each sale is just an added bonus now. (Don’t hate me for that but really, there is no book without such wonderful people).

So does this mean we have a release date? Ha ha ha. No. Lol! I should receive the proof on Wednesday and as soon as that is in my hands and I have checked it we will get a date that it will be available for sale. I can’t say it will be before Christmas, I have bene told we may mange it still, but lets just keep our fingers crossed. By the way, the proof I am referring to is the paperback without images. The paperback with images may be a few days later as I am waiting on an email.

(What? Two books? Urgh, long story but basically with images has ended up relatively expensive so we opted for two books to give customer choice – ebook is with images!)

Where will you be able to buy it – pretty much everywhere online, in bookstores you will need to preorder!!

The ebook is now on its way to the various distributors but is available on smashwords today. (I know, I know we should wait for an official release but I am kinda excited here!!!) The ebook is selling for $2.99. It will be available on Amazon in this format, but I have handed over the last bit of ‘faff’ to my husband – seriously my eyes will just give up and maintain a continued blurriness for the rest of forever and beyond is I sit there trying to understand all that not so difficult techniques they mumble on about…..sorry I am just not very good at tech!

I am not so stupid that I expect everything to run smoothly from here. I know that there will be glitches in the text that will need sorting – if there wasnt I would be very suspicious. I know I still have a heap load of PR that I need to get through, but you know what, we are almost there and at times I didn’t think we would reach this stage so big round of applause to all involved.

Now I know I have previously given thanks to various people, but time to do it again, in full.

Andrew Blair    

Mike Norbury

Cora Beth Carter

Gavin Hayes

Rachel Stevenson

Charlotte E. English

Gethin Morgan

Michelle Payne

Alicia Cunningham

Alan Lloyd

Chelsea Sutherland

Danielle Shipley  

Melanie Kerr

J.S. Wilsoncroft     

Daniel Challinor

Skyler Luttrell

Nick Deglar

Lawrence Chadwick -Smith

Danielle Zwissler

Carol Hoare

Jack Kempster

Darryl Robertson

Brian Burke

Cara Branigan

Leigh Gembus

A massive thank you also to all that have shown support and follow us on Facebook – you guys are amazing!

That charity book – A Cuppa

14 Nov


For some reason I feel quite shy writing this. Like someone that has been outside the community for so long and is trying to creep back in without making a big noise…ha!

OK, so it hasn’t been that long since I posted, but boy does it feel like a lifetime. I have been so busy, but so filled with ideas….it is always the way, if I had long empty evenings stretching in front of me I am pretty certain my brain would be dead for ideas.

Just to prove how mad things are – I actually have come up with not only an idea for the next WIP – but a business proposal. I know, tis truly shockin the way my mind works.

So let’s get on with it then, the CUPPA update.

Today I received the first illustration to go with one of the stories. Yes that’s right, we are including illustrations with the ‘grown ups’ book. (Quick note, I don’t know why I refer to it as the grown up book but the adult book feels like its going to be a bit naughty – which it most definitely isn’t).

So what we have been after are just single images, almost like a book cover for each story. We are welcoming photos also….anyway, I am getting off track here. the image was amazing. Well, I thought so, it made me smile and that’s is all I ask for. The fact that the artist then pinpointed the exact part of the story that he had drawn inspiration for was just the icing on the cake. I have a further 6 or 7 images (fingers crossed) that shall be arriving with me in the next few days. I just can’t wait. It is really exciting opening your emails, never knowing what you will get.

It is a shame we cannot have an image for every story, but each one has been given to an illustrator. If inspiration doesn’t come, it can’t be forced. I am sure we can all relate to that.

Among others, Charlotte English has been busy proofreading stories. Once we have everything together, Submeg, will be attempting the formatting for us. Thank goodness for Sub else we would be in big trouble – well I would, a full week of hair pulling i do believe.

There are many sites and people who I would love to link to, but I am not 100% sure on where everything stands at this stage. I think I shall at a later date, provide a list of everyone that has helped, what they did, and the links to their sites.

This week, I shall be focusing on compiling the last bits and bobs, sending emails, and of course, really hitting the PR. This is something I am confident about, I just need to be clearheaded to work solidly on it. So apologies for another Cuppa update, but I needed to pass on the information just to know I was free to concentrate this week.

With regards to the children’s stories, I am certain I have mentioned it, but we decided to release that work Easter 2012. We will be releasing them as individual books, fully illustrated, and if….the big if….I pull it off, they will also be released as fully interactive apps. Yeah, I know.

Anyway, keep in touch. I am reading blogs but being a silent observer. watching, listening, stealing ideas lol!

Oh and the listings are;

Who do you think I am? – Mike Norbury, Conspiracy Theory #92, A Second Chance – Gavin Hayes, Fate – Cora Beth Carter, The Land of Noc Noc – Andrew Blair, A Daring Debut – Charlotte English, Family Fortunes – Rachael Stevenson, Dirt – Gethin Morgan, Raindrops – Michelle Payne, Ghost Girl – Alicia Cunningham, Must be the music – Alan Lloyd, The Kalistanian Princess – Chelsea Sutherland, Along for the ride – Danilelle Shipley, The healing well – Melanie Kerr, Dorothy – J S Wilsoncroft, The Music Box – Daniel Challinor

A Cuppa – A Cover Design

24 Oct

Well hello.

I have to confess to having been a little under the weather the last week or so, and I have been somewhat removed from my immediate work at hand. Wednesdays post was brought to you by the joyous sick day. Certainly a welcome break but I really wasnt focused on marketing, which is where I should have been that day.

Marketing not just at work, but for a cuppa also. Wednesday was voting day for the cover design. If you havent popped by our Facebook page and liked us, then you really should. If not, ie you are signed up to enough pages, don’t have fb, or just cba, then this is the designs we had entered for our cover.

Skyler Luttrell

Sam Ransley

Naomi Shaw

Christine Cunningham

Carol Hoare

And the winner is, Skyler Luttrell.

We set up the voting system quite simple – just comment under the design you liked ‘my vote’. We actively encouraged those involved to tell their friends – we have no shame. It was a marketing ploy to get the project name out there just as much as to get a funky cover. Thanks Skyler. Over here at Cuppa HQ we really do think you are marvellous – you know Skyler has submitted not one but three stories. It is so great when others get as involved in your project as you do.

Tonight I have put together the add that will be included in the Equipe newsletter. I view this as the first piece of full on marketing for the actual sale of the book. This is quite daunting when the panel are still making decisions, and we are still open for submissions, until TOMORROW! That’s right, 5pm GMT Monday 24th is the cut off point. I’m not going to lie, we do still need short stories for the children’s book, and we are now thinking we may have to reconsider our plans. BUT, it will still go ahead, it just might not be completed in time for Christmas.

This week is rather mad busy for me. The biggest event to take place will be my graduation on Wednesday. If you hear hysterical laughing during the morning, you will know I have fallen over as I have accepted my certificate. It is highly unlikely this will NOT happen.

Right, I’m off to do some more reading. Speak to y’all soon.


***Whoopsie – I was supposed to post this last night!!

You know that submission deadline….

12 Oct

Just to let all you lovely people know the submission process for ‘A Cuppa’ is now open again.

I have continued to receive submissions past the deadline and now several writers groups have been in touch and asked if they can submit late, so….


I can’t agree to allow further late submissions without re opening to all. In the meantime, the panel will continue to read the work already received and for those that have agreed to proof read they may well be receiving contact next week.

Just a note: having read some, but not all the shorts, we are somewhat short of children’s stories. Remember, you can send as many stories as you like, but if you are chosen, only one of your stories PER BOOK will be included. Simply, you can feature in both the adults and the children’s book.

Submissions to be sent as a word document to ellieransley@gmail.com


2 Oct

This is just a quick note to announce the first submission deadline for A Cuppa and An Armchair.

****Monday 10th October 2011 11.59PM.****

All submissions should be sent to chat@elenaransley.com

Entries cannot be longer than 2,000 words, there is not a minimum word count.

We require stories for both children and adults but they cannot contain offensive language or graphic images.

This is an open genre project.

If you have further questions please ask.

Equipe – who are they?

1 Oct

Today I thought I would tell you a little about Equipe, Global, the charity we are supporting with the release of An Armchair and A Cuppa.

Before I start, I want to direct you to their official website, and their Facebook page.

Equipe is based in Wrexham, the town where I live in North Wales. Located in the town centre, it is a small organisation, but its initiatives are big, and really do make a difference.

The charity started when a couple, on holiday, took a risk and donated money to a small village to help with the building of a school. On their return, wanting to do more, they immediately started fundraising. This was in 1998. As the organisation has grown, the couple that started it all has retired, yet in their place is Ziz, spending her time and energy promoting, liaising, managing the charity, its fundraisers, and th people on the ground.

For me personally what I really applaud Equipe for is their dedication to working for the villagers, what they want and need, and not what we as Westerners think they want. They manage this by insuring they have a strong relationship with their partners in the country’s of need. This relationship is built up over time. This ensures that the charity knows the money is being used for worthwhile causes, without having to spend money on sending their own people to the countries, with the extra cost of flights and accommodation.

Equipe works in the following countries East Africa, India, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines. This year, they have seen their first ambassadors from Australia heading out (at their own expense) to the regions in need.

As a growing charity, Equipe understands the needs of those they help, and those that help raise funds.

I have taken the following information from the Equipe page, Fill the Plate.

Equipe has been working in East Africa and the Philippines for over a decade and we have seen the impact of rising food prices on already impoverished communities. Last year one of the schools we support, ranked highest in the 42 in its district, had to close for 10 days because it could not afford to provide the 180 children who attend, one compulsory school meal. For most of these children their school meal would have been the only meal they’d have received that day and the idea that these children would have gone without food for 10 days, and vitally their education, is intolerable to us. Unfortunately this is a common story but it spurred us on to launch this campaign with the aim to raise enough to provide at least 40,000 meals in 2011 and ensure that none of our schools, orphanages or projects have to turn children away.

It takes very little to make an impact. Just £540 would have kept that school open – i.e. one day bag-packing; or one collection at a football match; or one non-uniform day.

Only together can we make a difference!

So who’s in? I’m not just asking for you wonderful writers to submit your story. I am asking for everyone to help spread the word about this project. It is quite clear the difference that can be made by making enough sales from A Cuppa and An Armchair. How will we make sales? By everyone taking their part in ensuring as many people know about this project worldwide.

Worldwide? Yes, why not? We have writers not just from Britain, but Europe, America and Africa contributing. It is only right that we can reach an audience on that scale also.

Tell us what you have done to support the campaign and we will give you a shout out via this blog, facebook and Twitter.

If you are not familiar with this charitable project, visit this page, or Facebook.