I have had the books for three days and have almost sold the first 50 copies. Who says poetry doesn’t sell? Mind you, I did target folk who have read our stuff before. Some even thanked me for approaching them! This is so much easier than trying to shift novels. Thanks for all the advertising. Sorry I can’t send any to the States. It would cost more to post than they were worth and I’m not ebooking them. Now to concentrate on the pantomime!
Good music lifts the spirit or soothes the soul
The steady heartbeat of the double bass
A bell-like banjo tinkling out a rhythm
While racing drums that stir the listener’s blood
Cause feet to stamp and hands to clap in time.
The mournful trombone adds its rousing sound
A vibrant trumpet next takes up the tune
But, over all, the soaring clarinet
Makes listening live to jazz a pure delight.
We may arrive in tired or harassed mood
But hearing this great band has done us good.
I now have 50 copies of our anthology, “Reflections, Then and Now” to start distributing. A few will come to the jazz with us tonight. Then I’ll have to get some envelopes for the ones ordered that need posting. I actually sold the first copy in the printers’ while I was collecting them. I showed it to another customer and he bought it on the spot!
“That’s the way to do it!” I never stop feeling excited when I publish a new book and maybe my enthusiasm is catching. The friend who did the cartoons hasn’t seen the finished product yet. She’ll be there tonight so I hope she likes it. I suppose I am a dreaded vanity publisher but the others haven’t contributed any money. They will have to pay for all but the first copy. I should make a small profit which will go to charity.
As long as I see it in print I’m happy, especially as all our other books are listed in the back. I have taken the advice to put contact details inside. I’ll put an example in my next post.
A draft copy now in my possession. We had to add two more poems to fit the ‘four’ pages in a booklet but I had plenty in hand,
The cover looks great, with one of Joan’s cartoons on the front and the four of us on the back.
People supporting Armed Forces Day, leaving the Steyne
Umbrella’s up – racing to get out of the rain
Their duty done, tombola tickets bought
And sympathy extended to the belly dancers
Gyrating in the breeze, smiling at the applause.
Now homeward bound along the prom
Coat collars up, hoods hiding hair.
A coach load of day trippers from Wales
Running from the windy pier – glad to be going home.
This is Worthing on a cold summer Saturday.
Even with the Artists’ trail to follow
It is not a place to stand and stare
Or look at a flapping gazebo of books.
Six local authors see their hopes
Swept away as folk speed past.
The weather beat us, as we shivered,
Our precious offerings ignored.
“I’ll come back” said one lady,
“I’m doing the trail – you’ll still be here?”
A young man stopped, demonstrating to his friends
He could appreciate words on a page
But gave an excuse, leaving without a book.
A huddle of students ran across the road, not looking back
We stayed, unnoticed, shivering in the wind
So sorry you missed us.
What a great response to my poem. Thanks, folks. Also, now I have updated my website, http://www.juliecround.co.uk I have more people looking at it. I do need to email some of my readers to tell them about it but , most of all, I hope it will bring in more invitations to speak as I don’t have any for 2018 and I know most groups organise their speakers a year in advance.
The poetry book is under discussion but until I am sure of the layout I can’t ask Joan for more cartoons. I wish I had kept a list of everyone who bought “Honey and Humbug” but I didn’t. That’s a lesson, folks, keep a list of all your readers. It seems cheeky but it helps when you write the next book!
Hubby has made a database so I can track all the stories I send out for competitions. That will be my next task, when this hot weather breaks. At present I don’t feel like doing anything!
The pantomime has been put on hold as I realised that, although when I wrote it the references were topical, things change so quickly that the world could seem a very different place by Christmas. No matter, I have had a great response from folk who want to participate and I have noted their contact numbers for when I have updated the script.
The poetry anthology is nearly ready. I don’t know how many pages it will be until we get the layout right but there is a fine mix of thoughtful and funny verses.
I am about to revamp my website to emphasise the fact that I am happy to give talks. At the moment the books take centre stage but only the most recent one seems to be selling and the others deserve a look, especially “Never Run Away.” Every time we go to Morrisons I think of the action on the railway line in the story. Morrisons have changed the road layout and a lot of people are getting confused by the new one way system. Time will tell if it is an improvement.