Just cut down my short story from 3500 words to 2450 for a competition. That was a good exercise.
I was considering trying to go back into education as a student until I found out how much it would cost. I really need a sense of direction if I am to keep writing through the summer.I doubt if I would have the time or the stamina for a degree and I’m frightened to pay for stuff I already know.I’ll keep researching on line courses and perhaps I’ll find one by September.Meanwhile the Sea Scribes and Worthy Words will keep me on track.
The Sea Scribes group met yesterday and had another discussion about the use of social media. I came away feeling hopeful until I realised I never subscribe to anything on social media that looks as if someone is trying to sell me something. There must be hundreds of folk who feel the same and, honestly, we were trying to sell something, our books!
If we don’t have something to give that people want there will be no point trying a newsletter or an email list and, personally, I have yet to find someone on line who says ‘ I have read one of your books, can I buy another?’ Sure, people I meet always ask when the next one is coming out but that’s person to person, not social media.
So it comes down to what do we have to offer – advice about how we published, stories about the characters in our books, free chapters, reviews of books we have enjoyed? Is it a mistake to promote ourselves as a group or will it help us to find more readers? Is there anyone reading this blog who has read one of our books? I wonder.
The play is now typed out and I have seen the errors. Still, it’s good enough to read to Sea Scribes and I’m sure they will help me to improve it.
I also have a short story on the go for another competition. Thank goodness for Writing Magazine. They keep me going, along with Worthy Words where Wendy gives us homework. This month it made me delve into my past and I found out my memory of fifty years ago is inaccurate. It’s a good job I’m not writing an autobiography.
Looking at photo of our wedding day can be quite a shock. We can never look like that again. Still, it’s better than just having photos on line. I’m glad we have an album.
Hi to all new viewers as we end 2016 and thanks for following. The Sea Scribes had their last meeting for this year today and we are determined to be a bigger presence on social media next year.
My new website http://www.juliecround.co.uk has meant more people have found me and I have had fun on twitter, although I still have a lot to learn about that.
Sorry to those who missed out on the free books on Goodreads. I am selling on amazon but there are still second hand copies available, too.I don’t send ebooks myself. I can’t afford to let any more go as this is possibly my last book. The way I do it every book is sold at a loss and I don’t manage the computer very well.
I promise to let you know how the play is coming on but today I decided to scrap what I had written and start all over again. January will be a new venture in more than one way.
The boiler is fixed, Ben has his chair and we are warm and content again.
Five of the eight Worthing Sea Scribes with books for sale.The hard way to market!(but fun) Our group has since acquired a new stall and is available for all local Xmas fairs. Continue reading Some Sea Scribes.
Saturday was spent at a craft fair in Lancing. It poured with rain all day and I believe most of the customers were fellow stall holders.Sea Scribes have an attractive stall that we take to events but although we usually make sales they are never numerous.
I sold one book. This is normal for this period in a book’s life. At first people ask for copies and I sell four or five a week. Then I tell more people about the new novel and it begins to dwindle. Now, after 6 months, it is down to one a week. Carrying a copy around with me helps, as does meeting new people. The books are all on amazon but undiscovered.The only good thing was when a lady stopped her bicycle to tell me she was enjoying the book I sold to her last week.
There are plenty of suggestions on marketing out there. All we need to do is find them.Self publishing can be very rewarding but it’s a big old world!
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.