I have had an interesting week as, after the book launch, a local magazine printed an article about me which I have reproduced on my pages. Then the local newspaper decided to print my thank you letter to the Pavilion Cafe/bar together with a photo I sent them just on the off chance they might use it one day and it took up a quarter of a page!
I had my first comment from someone who enjoyed ‘A Bend in the Lane’ and said they had read it straight through. It’s easy to do that with my novels as they are only about 200 pages long.
The UK Southern Book Show is on again in October so we have another event to look forward to, as well as the Broadwater Carnival on Saturday. I’ll be there all day and hope to make some more sales which result in reviews as Goodreads list books by popularity and I need to get the new book on the first page of my dashboard.
So far I am resisting a free giveaway but if someone who has read my previous books asks for a copy I’ll send one in return for a review, even if they are abroad.
Last Saturday we were invited to a folk evening in a local school in aid of the charity ‘The Smiles Foundation’ which help children in Romania.
We were given a delicious ploughman’s supper, which was welcome as it was extremely hot and they had been kind enough to put a bottle of water on each table.
The band was ‘Harvest Home’ who performed a number of well known numbers with a few people joining in but it was our table that really raised the roof with clapping and stamping to tunes we recognised.
Then, on Monday, a local magazine was put through our door with a full page spread on me and my books. The photos had come out really well and I am getting accosted in the street by people who have seen it. Until now I have only had one order for a book, but there’s plenty of time.I might try to reproduce it but I’m not used to my phone yet.
Well, it happened! The launch for “A Bend in the Lane” at Worthing Pavilion Cafe/Bar on Tuesday was attended by a good number of dedicated readers who made the whole event worthwhile. It was gratifying to be told that one friend was happy to buy four copies as Christmas presents, and encouraging to know that people are still interested in the family I began writing about in 2007. I try not to say it is a series as I know folk might be put off. Each book does stand alone but the characters continue to fascinate me and as long as that continues there will be more stories I can tell about them.
What I cannot understand is that wherever the launch is held it does not attract anyone from the public. Why are people so afraid to look at books? I’ll put them in the library before Christmas and find more readers that way but I did plenty of advertising and still had to rely on people I had invited personally. Thankfully they were very supportive.
I have been discussing sales techniques with various people in advance of the book launch for ” A Bend in the Lane” on Tuesday 3rd July. Having to rely on Amazon makes it difficult but, as a self publisher, that is the most obvious choice. I also have a wholesaler but they only sell books after they have been ordered.They don’t stock them, so it turns into a case of Sell-on-demand!
Therefore I am reliant on personal sales, something that I actually enjoy. I carry one copy around with me wherever I go and ask local shops to advertise the launch. If anyone shows an interest I produce a copy. I have a number of readers who devour everything I write and I know I can rely on them to purchase copies for themselves and as presents for friends.
People in the most unlikely places take a copy, the chiropodist, the hairdresser, the musician and fellow writers. My next task will be to take them to talks and on holiday.
Of course I advertise on line but selling in person is still the most fun and I know if I sell one book it will have more than one reader as they get passed around. The first twenty have already found new homes and I have orders for five more. OK, so, it’s not JK Rowling but I only print 100 at a time!
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?
Hooray, my blog is back where I can see it. I guess I was too impatient, or my computer didn’t send it properly.
Anyway, more marketing news. I have updated Goodreads and am about to have a go on Amazon Author Central.
I became aware , recently, that i had broken a few writing rules when I wrote ‘A bend in the Lane.’ I think it’s because I have been writing plays and there one can switch from character to character, whereas in books one is advised to stay with one point of view, at least for a chapter.
I found that when my main character was not present I wrote from another point of view, even if it was only for a short ‘scene.’ I didn’t notice while I was writing. It just seemed normal. I suppose that’s why people say my books are like reading a ‘soap.’
I’ll use my bookworm image so folk know this is a writing 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!