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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Kindle offer

Only two more days to read the free copy of “A Lesson for the Teacher” on kindle. I do hope some of those people who have downloaded it give me a review. It might seem worlds away from countries other than the UK and I have been told it is ‘retro’ not historical but it was fun to write and as it is the last novel I would like to think, just as enjoyable as the other five.

In the middle of writing stories and poems for competitions. The Sea Scribes are a great help with constructive comments and support. Book sale on Saturday. Still busy!www.juliecround.com and http://www.juliecround.co.uk.

Free books

I believe amazon have put my 1960s novel “A Lesson for the Teacher” (kindle version) as a free download for five days.

It’s just a pity so few people in the UK read my blog but, hopefully those of you who do can find a copy and let me know what you think about it. It is very British and probably not quite what people might expect but I’ll say no more. Happy reading.

To those in the US, we are keeping our fingers crossed. Julie.

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.

Story homework

Just typed out a story for Worthy Words, our local writing group. Suffering with a painful jaw as have had a tooth out this morning. I don’t expect any sympathy as the rest of the family are on facebook and I’m staying here. I think I need to take the advice I got on twitter and send details of my website and books to my email list. Perhaps I’ll wait until Christmas as I usually do one of those dreaded round robins.

My first sale of “A Lesson for the Teacher” has been made on Amazon. If people look at my juliecround websites they will find the rest ( mostly cheap, second hand)

Next task, looking out familiar poems for reading at a care home. They won’t know mine but I have a few short or funny ones that should amuse them,especially from “Green Fingers” by Richard Arkell  1934.

Keep trying

I have just sent off an article to Mature Times as the magazine I first offered it to have not replied.If I get it published I’ll be content but wouldn’t it be nice if they asked for more?

I’ll be up in the loft this weekend for more copies of “A Lesson for the Teacher” to take on holiday.As it contains scenes in Chatham,Greenford,Ealing, Shoreham,Brighton, Burnham  and Torquay I can’t expect Worthing people to buy it to find places they recognise as I could with the other five books. It has to rely on folk who remember the 1960’s. Luckily, we may be with a few of those!

The last copy of “Honey and Humbug” will be sold this weekend. (I have archived one)We enjoyed producing our own poetry anthology but we didn’t ISBN it and the 100 we had printed were often given away as presents so it was expensive.

I am trying to think of another story for a competition. Writing Magazine have a whole year of competitions in their last issue. Talks are great but I need to be creating!

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!