Will it help sales?

Very exciting times with today the last day of a free promotion of “A Lesson for the Teacher” on kindle -something that I didn’t know was possible until last week. I had a lot of queries from fellow writers who did not think any work should be given away free but advice on twitter was that it helped to promote the book and led to sales. I wonder.

I wasn’t sure about twitter but as I did not want to spend time on facebook I gave it a try and find tweeting short sentences quite fun, especially when I get a reply.There’s plenty of advice for writers, too. It just takes time to find what is useful.

Now to try to get photos from my phone to here. This is the season for learning more about the computer!

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Horrible discovery

So ebooks are the best way for indies to get published are they? Not in my case.

I wrote ” A Lesson for the Teacher” with ebook production in mind and put it on kindle.

NOBODY has downloaded it. It looks better as a paperback and sales are quite steady but I thought a little 1960s romance might tickle the fancy of some readers. I guess it is appealing to the wrong age group, but love is love, whatever age you are! Maybe it is the word ‘teacher’ that puts people off. I did think the cover would dispel any notion that it was stuffy or educational. Reviews have dried up and my hope is that some folk may consider it as a Christmas present. Meanwhile both websites are getting looked at http://www.juliecround.co.uk and juliecround.com so I think I’ll keep them both going for a while.

Worthy Words

Our writing workshop started up again yesterday with Wendy Hughes in fine fettle, giving us information on how to research for our writing – something I have never yet done!

When you write building on your own experience it doesn’t seem necessary to do research but others in the group write about times and places they know little about and wish to check their facts. I suppose, now I am writing short stories, not a novel, I may need to check on things from time to time.

Our homework was to do some research so I’m going to be forced into it. Two tales are entered for competitions this week. I don’t know when I’ll hear but it is keeping me writing.I keep checking on the new website. When I have 100 hits I’ll be happy. Until then I am beginning to find folk on twitter #jacyround.I keep forgetting to add #amwriting or#selfpub so it’s a wonder anyone finds me!

more website news

Hi there. My new website http://www.juliecround.co.uk is now on Google. With a bit of luck it will soon be on Bing, too. There are still a few tweaks I should do, like adding icons for Goodreads and ALLi and SWWJ but it will do for now.

Somewhere there must be some retired schoolteachers who would enjoy ” A lesson for the Teacher.”I am giving away the odd old book to raffles and for charity. The good thing about giving ‘Never Run Away’ away is that it could lead to readers wanting ‘Never Pretend.’

Writing Magazine may be featuring us soon and I am getting followers on twitter so the marketing side may pick up. We’ll take copies on holiday with us, anyway!

Writing Group

Worthy Words had a great meeting in Worthing Library yesterday where we all had a chance to read what we had been writing.

Wendy gave us ‘homework’ for the summer and we congratulated a member on her prizewinning efforts with poetry. It is good that we have a mix of writers from those who are writing autobiographies to novelists, short story writers and some who have a go at everything.

I’ll miss Sea Scribes this week as I am giving a talk at a WI group. Happily, sales of “A Lesson for the Teacher” are going well. The trick is to carry a copy wherever you go!

Changing direction

Still writing – but entering competitions at present, ¬†while I’m waiting for “The Lesson for a Teacher” to fly. There’s no use not having faith in one’s own work.

I’m also trying to get to grips with windows 10. The computer seems to know more about what I’m doing than I do. It sings to me whenever I get a message and constantly asks me to update.We got the printer working, sometimes – but it still insists it is off line.

Singing group on Thursday was fine and yesterday we went to the Open Day Fair at the old soldiers’ home. There was a band but it didn’t march and the two prizes I won on the tombola were unsuitable so I gave one away and will keep the other for younger members of the family.Bag of Books were there so I donated a couple. Marketing is my main project at present. Julie the Reader Hunter!

amazon

Would you believe it? I am now a seller on amazon and they have at last listed my paperback. All my books can now be ordered at different prices from all sorts of people.

Poor old ” Never Pretend” hadn’t had any sales except the ones I had made personally but that’s my fault for making it a follow-on. From now on all my books will be single copies. If I write any more! I am tempted by publishing partners but I’ll try to be patient and see how “A lesson for the Teacher” does.

Not being based in Worthing it needs to find readers from elsewhere. I have a few ideas. I’ll let you know if they work.