Promotion

After a very successful meeting when I sold lots of all my books I decided to try something different.

Our son’s on line magazine. ScooterlabUK has T shirts for sale with a great logo.

I decided to have a Tshirt made with the OB logo on the front and an image of my latest book on the back. Now I have to be brave enough to wear it!IMG_0332

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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!

Old poem

Now, in the Autumn of our years

We wait to see what Winter brings

While russet beauty calms our fears

Chill Winter hints of sufferings.

We’ve savoured all the joys of youth

Forged paths through lifetime’s verdant Spring

The love and laughter constant proof

Summer is time for blossoming.

Now Autumn sees us slow – and taste

The harvest of our earlier years,

Determined that we should not waste

The lessons learned from hopes and fears.

But all the wisdom garnered then

Cannot protect from Winter’s cold.

There’s no escape the fate of men

To live the seasons, and grow old.

 

 

Converting a script

I haven’t been blogging much as I have a script to write for a recording. The essential thing is to get the timing right. I have been given three pages of text but I need to turn that into an interview so that the listeners do not have to listen to a monologue.

Then I have to time it and leave spaces for one or two songs and a few poems. This is the fourth magazine I have produced for the Voice of Progress, a newsletter for the blind and it gets harder each time.

This ┬áis probably the most fulfilling thing I do in my retirement. Writing is fine but readers can get the same pleasure from many other sources. There aren’t as many avenues of entertainment for the less able. I hope they like it when it’s finished.

Publication!

There was I , trying, unsuccessfully,to get a photo of the magpies pulling twigs off the silver birch tree to make nests ( through the kitchen window) when Hubby brought in the paper.

To my surprise and delight they had printed a letter I sent. Now to sit back and see if there are any repercussions.I was sticking up for Worthing which has been in the press recently due to the average age of the population.What people don’t seem to recognise is that folk here live longer because it is suited to a relaxed and yet sociable lifestyle.

There’s no doubt that one of the advantages is the creative atmosphere. I would never have imagined I could write six novels in ten years until we moved here.

I have also dug out some poems,mostly about birds, colours and getting fit – ready for my next recording for the Voice of Progress.

 

 

Where next?

Have you ever written a short story and then wondered what to do with it? I used to send to Scribble and I had a look at AlfieDog but I suppose I ought to try for another competition. The trouble is, I am reluctant to pay for any more entries until I am,at least,shortlisted

I never thought I would lack ideas but it is happening now. If I get a thought it only comes as a poem and this is still not the ideal place to post those. I expect I could change the spacing but I’m a coward and don’t dare try.

The only thing I have written this week is a ‘letter to the editor’ but I do have planning to do for the next recording for the blind. Sorry to miss the London Book Fair but the trains are so unreliable this year I’m giving it a miss.

Writing Group

Belonging to two very different writing groups I found I had meetings at both this week. At Worthy Words I read a piece about anniversaries as our homework was to write something to fit a special date. I don’t usually write non fiction so it was only a few hundred words.

Then at Sea Scribes, we were discussing events to attend this year and then read samples of what we had been writing. I have been trying to write for competitions but I knew my ‘twist in a tale’ needed work and the others made very helpful suggestions.

Then hubby and I went out to dinner and to listen to The Featherstone Jazzmen. This time they had Peter Godfrey on piano and , as usual, it was a great evening.

I saw on Twitter that SLUK had their first birthday this week. For anyone into scooters and looking on line ScooterLab.UK is a fantastic resource.Is this the future of journalism?