March 2017 Newsletter

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Working in a Hospice bookshop while writing books.

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Newsletter March 2017.03.01

When I got the whatsapp message from the CEO of Hospice to ask if I could help out in the bookshop, I thought I’d we working, selling books for a few days and get out.  Not so.  When I was required to provide my banking details to have my salary transferred by EFT, I realised this employment was a little more than the three-day job I expected.  I was in for something a little bigger.

A business developer was employed and started this morning.  She is a young woman, well qualified and after speaking to her and listening to her ideas, I soon realised she knows what she is doing.  Her plans for the business, all the Hospice shops, including by little bookshop, appear to be exactly what we need to make it grow and prosper.  I’m calling it “my little bookshop” because she confirmed the CEO’s decision to place me fully in charge – even though I am there on a temporary basis – and expects me to implement my ideas to reorganise, under her expert supervision, of course.

Initially I was not keen on taking this job for a longer period of time.  I hardly coped with my work writing new books as well as building platform and marketing my already published books.  What I did not realise, was the potential of networking.  Since my first day in the bookshop I’ve met so many interesting people, intellectuals, academics, students, booklovers of all kinds and varieties.  To all of you, my bookshop customers who are willing to receive my newsletter, thank you for the support.

Here is what we have in mind for the bookshop.  We are bringing in more shelves to make space for non-fiction.  All the books will be categorised and placed on the shelves accordingly.  This will make it a lot easier for buyers to find what they need, or for the shop assistant to direct someone who has a specific request.  We have a request list and will send out reminders to reassure those who have made requests for specific books, that we have not forgotten them and are still watching out for the books on their request list.

To bring in new visitors and, hopefully buyers, we are planning regular sales promotions letting go of books at bargain prices.  I mentioned book signings and the business developer was quite excited about the idea.  My idea is not only to try and convince established authors to take part, but to bring in up-coming writers to benefit and get exposure in this way.  The idea is to help writers sell a few books, get their work in front of readers and at the same time, allow them to support Hospice by donating a percentage of their sales to help the very poor, very sick people under the care of Hospice.  It is after all for them that all the shops are in business. It is for the sake of those very sick people who need the care, either in the wards or at home, that all the fundraising takes place.

It is an enormous task to run the wards, providing constant care for terminally ill people, medication, food, diapers even clothing, not to mention home care where a nursing sister has to visit out-patients.  These medical staff members are well trained and totally dedicated and will readily drop everything to go to the aid of a patient in need.  I feel honoured to be a part of this organization and do my part in making someone’s life a little easier.

Now, what does this have to do with my writing and my books?  Quite a lot, actually.  Although my time is now very limited, I am more focussed on the things that are important.  I have to manage my time carefully and cut the things that are unimportant.  Besides that, there is a world of information and ideas to write about.  There was a drop in the accounts of Hospice patients I was writing, but now, with closer contact again, I can continue to write more stories and get them ready for publication as my first non-fiction book.

This brings my back to talking about the books I have published, those I have written, waiting in line to be published, and those I am still writing.  Two books have been released last year: “My Father’s Will” and “The Bigger Fish”.  Father’s Will is a cosy, easy-read and meant to be enjoyed under a shade tree in the back yard, next to the pool or on a winters night by the fire.

Bigger Fish is about two student girls with childhood issues that cause them to look for love and acceptance in the wrong places.  One chooses hard work in her studies, the other in substance abuse.  A man, with smouldering brown eyes make his appearance in their lives, each expecting something different from him.  What he has to offer comes as a complete surprise.  They both have to make a choice.  A choice that would change their lives for ever.  Tragedy, romance, love and redemption bring all the loose ends together.

“Man in a Picture” is a story that takes a turn back to WWII on the day of the Rotterdam Blitz when the city was just short of being flattened by Nazi bombing.  A family was separated, each believing the others were killed.  The truth was discovered almost eighty years later when the hunt for a man whose picture was discovered – with no one left to reveal his identity – brought strangers together to let each add his own piece of the puzzle.  This book is in its final stage of proofing before it goes to the printers.  It is expected to be released soon.  The date will be announced in a blog on: and on my Facebook Page:

The books that I am writing, change in tone to somewhat of a dramatic kind, to downright sinister suspense.  “Seagull’s Prey” a novella, touches the thriller genre, while “The god of these Times” is a dark, religious thriller and, as described by a beta reader, “the mother of all conspiracies”.  More about these in a blog next week.

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Now for the great news I have for you!

This is my birthday month. Instead of expecting gifts, I am giving gifts! I have my books on sale this month: “My Father’s Will” for only $4.95 and “The Bigger Fish” for $0.95!!!!

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Be Blessed till Next Time,


Magdel Roets

Poet & Writer of Christian Fiction.

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