Book sales

Self publishers often find that selling copies of paperback books is much more difficult than selling e-books.In fact, some of them opt to publish on line but not bother to use print at all.

There are plenty of people ready to give advice about selling on line but not so many suggesting how to get books in shops or in libraries.

If you don’t mind adding to the five copies you sent to other libraries your local library will probably accept free copies, but if you can find a group of people who are interested in your kind of story you may be able to make some sales.

If your book is set in a particular location or a special period of history then you should be able to find people who want to read it, even if they do not know you as an author.

If you have a certain age group as a target (my first book was written for pensioners, especially my own mother) or people who enjoy a certain activity, like swimming or ballet or hiking, seek them out in places they frequent.

I have had a wonderful time talking to members of the WI as they are very appreciative of my family based novels. Public speaking is not too difficult if you are enthusiastic about your subject and you have a friendly audience.

Now to find a passage to read tonight!

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Speaking success

This morning I gave another talk to a group of pensioners. They seemed very pleased that I was a local author and asked perceptive questions when I finished. These talks are always a joy and this one was especially good as I sold nine books. It is still a fact that people want to read about the local area, even if it is fiction and they pass the stories around a group rather than looking on line for the ebook –  but just to find people happy to take copies is a bonus. I was even pleased when a library in another part of the country accepted a donated copy of ” A Lesson for the Teacher”and actually thanked me for it!

The pantomime is almost ready for me to show it to someone who might want to use it. I’m pretty nervous about the reaction I might get but I had fun writing it, anyway.                   ( I also had fun reading it out loud and doing all the different voices but that’s another story)

Communication

HI there, new readers. I hope you get the chance to scroll through some of my old posts. They may be more fun than the recent ones.

Also, I don’t know which website you came through. They have different email addresses.It would be great to know what aspect of my musings you prefer. I used to get ‘like’ when I wrote a poem so I might do that next. Also, I am reading an interesting futuristic book so I might put my review on here a well as Goodreads.

The Winchester Festival competitions are out now – very tempting but it’s years since I went there – too many steps.I would offer to speak on self publishing but it has changed so much since I started that I am way out of date. I still expect people to buy actual books!  Mind you, it is very encouraging when Amazon say they have put some money into my account even if it is for the ebook.

Now to get started on the Panto. First stop – the characters.

 

Getting Out There

Exciting times! The new play has gone to a beta reader and I have finished a short story for a competition.

Sea Scribes are planning a newsletter with interviews, book reviews and puzzles. With the wealth of talent in the group this might be a fascinating venture. We have already published two anthologies which sold well locally and hope to do more as well as promoting our fiction and nonfiction books.img_0322

Social media

The Sea Scribes group met yesterday and had another discussion about the use of social media. I came away feeling hopeful until I realised I never subscribe to anything on social media that looks as if someone is trying to sell me something. There must be hundreds of folk who feel the same and, honestly, we were trying to sell something, our books!

If we don’t have something to give that people want there will be no point trying a newsletter  or an email list and, personally, I have yet to find someone on line who says ‘ I have read one of your books, can I buy another?’ Sure, people I meet always ask when the next one is coming out but that’s person to person, not social media.

So it comes down to what do we have to offer – advice about how we published, stories about the characters in our books, free chapters, reviews of books we have enjoyed? Is it a mistake to promote ourselves as a group or will it help us to find more readers? Is there anyone reading this blog who has read one of our books? I wonder.

 

Back catalogue

Exploring the new wordpress and hoping to promote my previous books at the same time. This is me a few years ago when I launched the first ‘Never’ book about a married woman who ran away to Worthing and found herself in a mysterious house. It isn’t as dark as most of the other running away books written at the time. My writing is known as easy and gentle reading, but it moves along. Hope you like it.

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Counting sales

Nearly the end of 2016 and I was wondering about ‘success’ again. How many self published copies constitute success? My first book sold over 200 copies but none of the others have matched that, although I have increased my use of social media. Now I am selling one a week and have 50 copies left of ‘A Lesson for the Teacher’ I guess they will all be gone in a year. The advice is to promote back copies and as I don’t use ‘Print on Demand’ that seems a great idea. There aren’t many of the others left in the loft and, honestly, I shall be sorry to see them go but each book usually finds more than one reader so it is time to let them fly!

I have been trying to take photos with my phone so the next blog may be more Christmassy. Best Wishes to all, Julie.