Promotion

It is time, Julie thought, that she told the world that, although she was old,

She’d written a tale that just couldn’t fail-in July it would start to be sold.

A lady went off all alone, for a holiday far from her home,

She met a kind man and told him,’Yes, I can, I’d be happy to give you a loan.

For the castle so grand is not quite what I’d planned  for retirement, but really, what fun.

It’s in Italy, too –  and I’d be there with you-but my family don’t understand.’

 

” A Bend in the Lane” is only in paperback, not on line but I can post copies abroad if anyone is interested.

 

 

 

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Twitter

I have been sending a photo to books in my handbag on twitter and then realised I had a new app that would help me change the size so I tried it. It now shows the book but not the handbag so I think I’ll leave it as it was.

Amazon are taking a little while to stop saying it is unavailable but they have put a lovely picture of the cover on so that might help.

Folk will wonder why I always claim my stories are set in Sussex, yet the photo is obviously Italy. Well, my heroine is tempted to help buy a castle in Italy and stays in an agriturismo while she views it – or does she?

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Vanishing blog

Now what have I done wrong? Although someone must have seen my last blog my reader list says it was updated five days ago so I can’t see what everyone else sees. I have tried to re-follow myself to see if that works.

I posted the books to the Deposit Library and have sent a couple off for reviews. Now to try to update Goodreads and Amazon.

I had fun designing the invitation but I won’t put it on here as my laptop seems to stop working every time I post a photo.

I’ve had five orders already. That’s the ticket!

Marketing, once more.

‘A Bend in the Lane’ is out on Friday and I have been parcelling up review copies and designing invitations to the launch.

This time I have put all my previous titles in the back of the book but I didn’t ask for reviews or put in a chapter of the next book as advised on twitter.

Every time I try to load the cover image it takes ages but it’s such a great picture I’ll try again. It is Italian because the man in the story tries to get someone to invest in an Italian property. However, as usual, a lot of the action takes place in Sussex. I did include the Eden Project as I was keen to go there and it seemed the next best thing!

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Should I stay or should I go?

I’m getting nagged to try facebook or whatsapp. So far I have resisted but there is so little connection on wordpress with folk from the UK that I am tempted.

I guess it’s because I haven’t a book on the go. I should get my copies from the printer on Friday and then it will be time for a marketing burst.

I’m designing invitations when I’m not messing about on ancestry. I found a relative with six siblings, all passed away, but maybe they have progeny. Is it worth looking? I don’t expect so. I’ll put my usual image on until I get a few more on my new phone.

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Music and Words

The Sea Scribes at the Charity Gig with local folk singers. The experiment seemed to work as those who attended said they enjoyed it. I don’t know how much exposure it gave to our writing group but we were pleased we could help the Parkinson’s Society and may do another one next year.

I hope the people who won our books in the raffle liked their prizes. There will be another of my novels out in June and I am about to plan the launch

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Marketing books

More about self publishing. I have been rereading advice about how to market self published novels and as I don’t do many ebooks I still need to promote my work the old fashioned way, as a publisher, not just the author. Therefore I need to do what a publisher would do for their client.

I need to contact the media, send out information, notify the local and national press and suitable magazines, make up a ‘press pack,’ get in touch with the local radio, organise a book launch and signing and send out review copies. Anything else?

I will advertise on twitter, but only to show I am still active as the two ebooks I have written will appeal more to folk on line than  this new one.

I will remind people that I have a couple of websites, http://www.juliecround.co.uk and http://www.juliecround.com, both of which are linked to this blog and I will put the cover of ‘A Bend in the Lane’ onto every piece of marketing I can, possibly new business cards, although I still have a lot left with ‘Never Pretend’ and ‘A Lesson for the Teacher’ on.

Since Southern Rail have been so unreliable I haven’t been to London so all my marketing, including sending copies to the library, has been local.

One more month and I should have copies for sale. It is said the first three months are the optimum time for sales and I’m hoping to catch the holiday market.