On This Day

Hello SErs! Harmony here πŸ™‚ I hope this finds you well. Earlier this month, I was going along, business as usual, when a few American friends started talking about July 4th and the big American holiday. It struck me that right up until the 3rd, when all the noise started, I had remained fairly oblivious. Of course, I knew of the date and the importance of American Independence, but this year, it hadn’t registered. This served as a reminder that as a writer and author with published books out there, such dates can be important, and then there’s blogging as well.

So, I thought I’d gather some of the most significant dates and events here for you. I’ve put them into a jpeg to make it easy to download and save, should you so wish. Along with the lists of dates and events, below the picture, I include links to pages that list just about every event out there, just in case they prove of use.

The jpeg:

 

 

** = specific to writing

Link for UK holidays and events: https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/uk/2019

Link for US holidays and events:Β https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/2019

Solstices and Equinoxes:

From the US Naval Observatory … https://www.weather.gov/media/ind/seasons.pdf

From Greenwich Mean Time … https://www.weather.gov/media/ind/seasons.pdf

Other dates, such as International kissing day, International Friendship day, and National Sisters’ Day can be found on … https://www.clareflorist.co.uk/special_dates.asp

And, the whole of November each year is National Novel Writing Month. You can participate in that via: https://nanowrimo.org/

 

And, of course, significant dates can be useful for looking backward for a novel idea.

Did you know that on this day, July 18th …

  1. in 1811, famous author William Makepeace Thackery was born. He is most famous for writings such as Vanity Fair.
  2. in 1838, Huskar Colliery Mining Disaster in Silkstone England: mining pit floods drown 26 children, leads to 1842 ‘Mines and Collieries Act’ bans women and children working underground.
  3. in 2017,Β North Korea tests first successful intercontinental ballistic missile into Sea of Japan.

 

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Regarding book sales peaks and troughs, I have found March through April good launch dates with some positive response. Summer, being the main holiday season, seems to see a huge slump until later August or so. October has proved a good time for me to release a book in time for the Christmas sales season. Another date, that I never would have thought about, being in the UK, is American Tax Day. That can also see a hold-off on sales until it has passed. The UK tax cut-off date falls on April 5th each year, but doesn’t seem to have any impact on sales.

I hope you find this useful.Β I’d love to hear what dates have and haven’t worked for you. I wish you all the best with your writing and book launches. πŸ™‚

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Harmony Kent

25 thoughts on “On This Day

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  2. Great list of dates, Harmony! Thanks so much for sharing. Never know when one of those might come in handy for a particular storyline.

    And right now, the main thing slumping around here is ME. Warning for those in my immediate vicinity: avert your eyes. It’s not a pretty sight. The heat is crazy, the humidity worse, and I’m making an artform out of being bedraggled. But I shall endeavor to finish the last three chapters of my WIP and get it the heck out into the world, slumps or no slumps. In the meantime, I’m going to go stick my head in the freezer. (Did I mention it’s HOT?)

    Off to share your list! πŸ™‚ ❀

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    • So glad the list is useful, Marcia, and thanks for sharing! Sorry you’re so hot … until the last couple of days it’s been like that here. I know all about wanting to stick my head in the freezer lol πŸ˜‚. Best of luck with your WIP 😊

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      • The list is definitely useful, Harmony, and the rest is just silly blather. πŸ˜€ I admit, I’m really, really longing for cooler weather, but it will get here in time, and I will revel in it. πŸ˜€ Thanks for the good luck wishes. Guess I better get busy, since that book won’t write itself. Have a great Wodin’s Day! πŸ™‚

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  3. This is first year I’ve felt the summer slump with a release. I’ve released several of my books in May or June and they all did fairly well with those release dates. For some reason Cusp of Night hasn’t hit the same highs. Come October, I will probably push it hard around Halloween. I’ve heard a lot about the summer slump but never really experienced it before now.

    And that’s a great list of dates, Harmony. Like Joan said, I live in the US and was unfamiliar with a number of them!

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  4. Good post, Harmony. I live in the US and haven’t heard of some of these days. Of course, you would know I’m very familiar with Texas Independence Day! πŸ™‚ I haven’t released a book in the summer but I’ve heard its tough. Lots of things seem to slow down during those months.

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