Marketing, once more.

‘A Bend in the Lane’ is out on Friday and I have been parcelling up review copies and designing invitations to the launch.

This time I have put all my previous titles in the back of the book but I didn’t ask for reviews or put in a chapter of the next book as advised on twitter.

Every time I try to load the cover image it takes ages but it’s such a great picture I’ll try again. It is Italian because the man in the story tries to get someone to invest in an Italian property. However, as usual, a lot of the action takes place in Sussex. I did include the Eden Project as I was keen to go there and it seemed the next best thing!

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Should I stay or should I go?

I’m getting nagged to try facebook or whatsapp. So far I have resisted but there is so little connection on wordpress with folk from the UK that I am tempted.

I guess it’s because I haven’t a book on the go. I should get my copies from the printer on Friday and then it will be time for a marketing burst.

I’m designing invitations when I’m not messing about on ancestry. I found a relative with six siblings, all passed away, but maybe they have progeny. Is it worth looking? I don’t expect so. I’ll put my usual image on until I get a few more on my new phone.

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Music and Words

The Sea Scribes at the Charity Gig with local folk singers. The experiment seemed to work as those who attended said they enjoyed it. I don’t know how much exposure it gave to our writing group but we were pleased we could help the Parkinson’s Society and may do another one next year.

I hope the people who won our books in the raffle liked their prizes. There will be another of my novels out in June and I am about to plan the launch

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Charity Gig

I don’t have to find a photo from the library this time as I have one taken after our charity gig in aid of the Parkinson’s Society.

I was silly enough to let some of the Sea Scribes members who had organised the event leave the hall before I thought of having a group photo taken but I did grab some balloons and pose for this one, just to give everyone a laugh.

The singers were amazing, the readers were great and the refreshments were very welcome. I don’t know if we’ll have another one but it was a success financially with over 30 people attending and many of them asking about our books.

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Book Titles

Each time I finish a book I write a review for Goodreads but one has to find the correct title first and I so often find a number of copies by different authors with the same titles.

Surely it is the job of the author, publisher or agent to make sure this isn’t the case? Maybe it is clever to use a similar title to a book by a popular author but I have just found four copies of books with the title ‘Hot Milk.’ Why?

When I began self publishing I did not check to see if another author had used the title of my first book but, since then, I have tried to be original.

Maybe , from now on, I’ll search for books by author, not title!

Review. The Twelve.

A crime thriller by Stuart Neville that does not spare the violence but seems so authentic one can only be glad that one wasn’t caught up in it. I found the idea of ghosts urging an assassin to wreak revenge an interesting plot device and, for once, felt that the language was realistic rather than written to shock.

I  may not search out more books by this author but I found this one hard to put down.

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 than  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.