Feedback from Toni Henning

We’ve been sharing The Imaginaeries with various people who have indicated an interest in “test-driving” the manuscript and so far the feedback has been rather awesome.

Below is from a new friend of mine – a lady who I have never met – but hooked up with on Niume, after I read her blogs and realised she was a bit of a kindred spirit and fellow scribbler.

Toni Henning has her own marketing business – see details below!

Thank very much for your positive feedback (and pointing out some of the glitches) Toni.

Where do I begin? 
At the beginning I guess.
You had me hooked at Imaginaeries! I love the name! 

I love the South Africanisms – the guinea fowl taxis (I had a good laugh!), PESCOM (so glad they got there comeuppance and the worms shone thru), the simba chips packet, the indigenous and alien plants, the loeries saying go away – all fantastic! And the expressions like ‘beastiepoop’… so funny. The interwebs and flutterbytes – so clever! 
Really everything is quite brilliantly written.
Otherwise it’s a very cute story and all your characters come together really nicely at the end. 
Kids (and grown-ups) … but more importantly kids … are gonna love your humour and your amusing character descriptions. 
Thank you for letting me read your book. I trust the feedback is relevant.
Looking forward to hearing the news of it being published and becoming a top seller! 

 

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In this technological age, consumers are shopping online and using the internet to find information about products and services. If your business does not have a website or social media presence, you are invisible to them. What makes a business succeed? EXPOSURE. You cannot be everywhere and your business cannot be open 24 hours a day – but your website can!  Social Media goes places you can’t and it’s open all the time.  Marketing messages need to be reinforced consistently to ensure that you are top of mind in the marketplace.

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3

  1. A website that epitomises your business and continues to work while you rest
  2. A strong social media presence with a focus on SEO (search engine optimisation) 
  3. Exposure to more potential clients than humanly possible on several inter-linked social media platforms

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This is where we fit in.

We understand and we know how to further your business in this age of outbound advertising.
Website design from R500 per page.
Web content from R120.
Blog posts from R120.

Weekly social media management from R50 per account per week.
We also offer product photography and graphic design. 

Contact us and let us put together a social media plan that will take your business into the future.

Content writer and social media manager:
tonih@netactive.co.za  www.toni-with-an-i.co.za
Designer and product photographer:
cam@merakistudios.co.za  www.merakistudios.co.za
 

Impatience vs Imaginaeries!

Have to say – I am dying here!

Most writers are such insecure little weasels and I am no exception.

Impatience is my middle name and I have to suck it up and be as patient as possible waiting for feedback from everybody who volunteered themselves and their kids to test drive “The Imaginaeries” for us and give feedback.

Totally understand that people are busy and that this is not like my other books that are a quick read. I mean its 90 whole pages for goodness sake! A novelette.

I’ve had a few great comments back from adults but am now busting to hear what the kids have to say.


“I’ve read it folks and is spontaneous, ingenious, captivating . Big hats off to Ms Stone. Suitable for all ages with a penchant for things faerieistic.”  – Peter Sanderson

“My current favourite read! Can’t wait to hold a hard copy in my hands! Signed of course.” – Lisa Chella (Lisa was the first person I sent the book to read and she wants to be our marketing lady so she must like it!)

“I really, really loved the stories. They reminded me of the Enid Blyton I used to read, but somehow friendlier! So, THANK YOU, for letting me have an early look at them.” – Jaynie Padayachee (Jaynes kindly edited the first draft for me too.)


My family think it’s really funny – this me having to wait thing. They are of the opinion that as soon as I think of something I’ve already done it. So they reckon this is a good life lesson for me. Meanies!

Stay tuned

About the author

Since moving to Gauteng (from Somerset West) in 2007, Ginny has written 14 titles in the Sibo Series (published by Lets Looks Publishers). These books  are written in wacky rhyme on a variety of subjects ranging from global warming, to space, nanotechnology to chemistry, recycling to road safety – with a green theme that runs through most of them. The aim of these books is to empower children. They’re being read in schools and libraries around the country. Several of the titles were generously sponsored by various entities, such as Gautrain, BASF, SAASTA, Department of Arts and Culture, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Health and the University of Pretoria Center for Sustainable Malaria Control. Please visit Sibo’s website for more details.

She’s also written (and dodgily illustrated) 3 little booklets in the Sello Series – on the topic of HIV AIDS (published by Qualibooks) that are used in schools too.

For the last couple of years, she has been writing a weekly blog on a whole range of topics from Sibo’s point of view in the African Reporter. (It runs as a real blog too – when she remembers to update it.)

For 8 years she wrote a weekly column in the Springs Advertiser on life from their SPCA dog’s point of view – A Dog’s Blog. Sadly their lovely doglet, Fudge, died at the end of 2016 and she’s now busy compiling the best of those blogs into e-books.

From 2008-2010 she wrote and illustrated a cartoon – The OucHieS – a monthly occupational health and safety cartoon  in The Ripple Effect (a national health based newspaper).

Ginny and DST Minister Mosibudi Mangena (2006)

When she’s not writing, she quite likes developing fun, curriculum-based games, two of which (the Super Silly Science Game and the Phat Physics Game) are still being used in schools. Ginny was also part of a team from the University of Pretoria that developed a game (Iyashisa Board Game) for mine workers on the topic of heat stress (thermodynamics). This innovative game is being used for both training and refresher courses for underground mine workers in South African mines.  She currently has a curriculum-based maths game (Sibo Sums Things Up) aimed at Grades 2-4 and The Tricky Sticky STEAMI Challenge – a fun game aimed at all ages – if anybody is interested in sponsoring either one! Great marketing opportunities attached to these!

She also gives interactive talks in schools about how important it is to be able to read and still runs the odd fun, hands-on workshop here and there.

Ginny is big into upcycling and recycling. A creative meddler of note. She gives workshops on this topic from time to time too.

Last but not least, she’s also the secretary/treasurer of the Southern African Association of Science and Technology Centres (SAASTEC) which apart from many other things, also involves a monthly newsletter and organizing the yearly conference. She keeps trying to resign but never seems to get it right.

She’ll tell you she has a Ph.D in Physics – she married him! (Her lovely husband, Prof Chris Theron) heads up the Physics Department at the University of Pretoria.) Everything else has been self-taught with extensive time being spent at the University of Life.

Although before moving to Gauteng she did attend a number of arbitrary courses during her management days at iThemba LABS in Cape Town (where she ran the Science & Technology outreach programme for 7 years) on everything from Basic Firefighting, Leadership Development to Intercultural Communication and HIV AIDS. Some of them were even useful.

She adores the outdoors, hiking with Chris, fabric painting, meddling with various creative projects, hula hooping, gardening and delights in watching things grow. She’s rather fond of red wine too! The family cat Jack – is a major pain in the butt – but she loves him dearly. She’s really enjoying having her younger daughter Igz (illustrator of The Imaginaeries) back home for how ever long that will be. Collaborating on this project together has been something much talked about in the past and it’s wonderful that it has now become a reality.  Her elder, happily married daughter is a fabulous Grade 3 teacher in Cape Town, with a delightful daughter of her own – which makes Ginny a granny!

Even with big kids living in the house – she’ll tell you that she is still sane – on most days – although sometimes the family wonders…