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 thanĀ  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.

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When to promote?

My next book is with the printer and I have been reading advice about marketing. The general consensus seems to be that one should tell all and sundry that the book is coming out months in advance. However, I don’t feel inclined to do too much until I have the copies in my hand. I know this is different for people who use Print-on -Demand but I sell so many privately that I order 100 at a time.

I will be giving more details in the future but here is the cover.

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The Powers that Be

What is wrong with the world today? You can’t believe a word they say.

They tell us they want to stop a war and then go off and bomb some more.

They tweet and jeer to not lose face until we fear a new arms race.

Yet still parade like special friends as if sport all the trouble ends.

There’s poison smeared upon a door, something we’ve never seen before.

Two people almost die and still we do not know who made them ill.

It’s frightening how we do not mind if no more elephants we find,

If all the trees are felled and burned and calls to save the planet spurned.

And while we all pollute the sea with plastic, they cannot agree

To treat our world with love and care knowing this is the earth we share.

 

Review. Gypsy by Lesley Pearse

I read about one book a week and recently have been disappointed, until I started Lesley Pearse’s story ‘Gypsy.’ I suppose I was in the mood for a gripping relationship novel but I was also impressed with the historical background. I realise I need to start doing more research for my books and not rely so much on my own experiences. Thank you, Lesley, for showing me what a fascinating saga should read like.

To those who have not read the book it is about a young female violinist who goes to America in the eighteen nineties. The descriptions of the places she lodged in and the men she met were eminently believable. I shall look for more by this author.

New Novel

I have just selected a possible cover picture for the next novel,” A Bend in the Lane.”

It follows the grandmother from the ‘Lane ‘ trilogy from Blackpool to Italy and I wanted a Tuscan landscape, which I think we have found.

There’s something so good about being able to pick a cover, rather than letting a traditional publisher choose it. That’s one of the advantages of being a self publisher.

Now to concentrate on the Charity Gig.

Preparation

A week of getting things ready. First, the novel. I still haven’t sorted all the spacing but I’m nearly there. I keep stopping to look for cover images because it’s more fun.

Then, the charity Gig. The Sea Scribes had a rehearsal on Thursday and we now have tickets and posters. On Sunday we go to look at the hall again. The Parkinson’s society are sending literature and balloons, the St Laurence singers are already ordering tickets, now to advertise ‘Music and Words’ with local musicians and writers on Saturday 12th May at St Botolph’s Church Hall, Worthing, 7.30pm.

I need to search out some more poems and we are seeing the folk singers on Sunday to check who is willing to perform. Wish us luck!

Editing

AAAAH! That will teach me. I thought the proof of my book was ready for printing but NO WAY. After three goes at editing it myself, one beta reader and two more proof readings I thought I’d got it right. It isn’t enough!

My problem is my poor typing skills. I may have found all the spelling errors but I still don’t leave spaces in the right place, especially when I put dialogue within the text, rather than starting a new line.

‘Good morning,’ he said.’I hope you are well?’ should be – ‘Good morning,’ he said. ‘I hope you are well?’ It doesn’t show in this font but it does in more old fashioned ones. That’s a whole book I’ve got to change! My fault for trying to get up to date.

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