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.
When do you write a review of a book? I am finding that if I write it immediately after I have finished the book it is very different from when I write it a few days later. In fact, if I leave it too long I have forgotten what the book was about.If I write as soon as I can the review is better that if I leave it until later. But is this fair? Surely the books that live in the memory should rate higher?
Now to try and find the launch photo.
I think I’ll have to go on twitter and see if I can find any teachers who remember the sixties as most of the people I used to chat to about writing have been lost to me.
Our workshop on “The Sixties” at WOW in Worthing is at the Ardington Hotel on Bank Holiday Monday, May 30th 2-4.30pm. Wendy Hughes will be guiding us through the era and some of the Sea Scribes will be reading from their books and answering questions about their writing. I’m lucky as “A Lesson for the Teacher” is set in the sixties, as you can see from the cover a few posts back.
It looks like we are getting a good number of replies for the launch on June 3rd. Now all I want are some reviews from the books I have sent out. I’ll be giving away a few copies in goodreads next month.
So sorry to all my followers. Now I have a new blog I can’t reach all the people I was following, either. I didn’t keep a written record of them all so I’m hoping they all come back gradually.
I promise to try to write about self publishing, writing groups, novels and poems and maybe if I tag them properly you will all find me.
A Lesson for the Teacher is going out to reviewers and the three of us who are having a book launch on 3rd June at the Swallows Return had a meeting there this week with coffee and fudge!(Nice touch)