No resolutions

New Years Eve tonight and I refuse to make a resolution. Yesterday we had our belated family get together and it worked very well with our daughter in-law feeding ten of us in their newly furbished living room. I cannot get used to the way this generation have the TV on all the time, even if they are not watching it, but I suppose it is like the way we use the wireless.

Having just discovered that someone follows ninety blogs I am concerned that I haven’t yet reached many, but then I would have no time for writing books. The next novel is taking shape and I am actually doing a little research this time. I haven’t decided which form of self publishing I will use. I am quite happy with the other six books so I don’t feel inclined to change. I write the story and hand it over to the designer and printer to produce, with input from me on the cover pictures, which we find on line. I am up to 5000 words and suppose, if I was pushed, I’d say finishing this would be a resolution but it doesn’t have to happen in 2018.

Booking a summer holiday for the two of us, with the dog, in a Cotswold cottage, has given me something else to look forward to. It might be self-catering but we usually end up having plenty of meals out . If I disappear for a while it means I’m creating elsewhere. Happy New Year.

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Welcome!

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.

Season’s Greetings.

 

 

Marketing paperbacks

OK, I give up. I’ll try to stick to writing about writing and books, from now on, with, perhaps, the odd poem.

I’ve used the marketing title because the way we promote paperbacks is not the same as the methods used for ebooks. Our group has been reading about the email lists suggested on line and I suppose the land alternative is a snail mail postal list of people who have bought books. However, when you sell in person, as I do, it seems wrong to ask for an address at the same time. What I have always done wrong is not emphasised that a review would be helpful, but most of my readers do not own computers so where would they put the reviews? The only time I did ask if a reader would like to know about future books was at a launch.That was one out of hundreds!

Postal charges make self published paperbacks quite expensive so we will need to venture out of our local area and find customers elsewhere.

I think I should make my blog more interactive, too. I’ll put on a mystery photo and see if anyone can identify it.Happy Christmas.img_0049

Self publishing mistakes

Had a marketing meeting yesterday and it reminded me of all the mistakes I made when I began self publishing.

We should put our website in our books, but I have an excuse, I have changed my website provider twice and the one in 2007 doesn’t exist any more!The two I have now are http://www.juliecround.com and http://www.juliecround.co.uk.

It is good to put a chapter of your next book in the one you are publishing (but that’s impossible if you haven’t written it!)

Some folk actually ask for reviews in their books. I think this works better in ebooks. It seems a bit cheeky in a paperback.

Pictures, pictures, pictures. We must try to use social media. ( Hard for an oldie like me, but I’m trying.) I still avoid facebook but I am on twitter. Now to try to get more photos on!

Blogging is useful but I still have more folk from USA.Never mind, quality over quantity every time!

Inspiration

Where do you get your ideas from? ( Or – from where do you get your ideas?) I began to think about this as I settled on a subject for my next short story.

All my books had news items as the trigger .Lane’s End had the treatment of people with learning difficulties, Un-Stable Lane had the floods, The Third Lane had soldiers coming back from the war, Never Run Away had redundancy and Never Pretend had crime and the use of local news TV stations.It is only A Lesson for the Teacher that is not relevant today because that has echoes of my past.

It is quite likely I may go quiet for a few days now I have some inspiration. I wrote a poem but it needs editing before I enter it for a competition.

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.

Books

I have now become a private seller on amazon so that I can sell books and anything else I wish to provide. I have already had one order and it looks as though it all works. I’ll find out if the buyer lets me know it has arrived, or if they do a review for me.

While I’m on about reviews, I am reading a book called “Tarring. A Walk through its History,” which is a hardback that I found in a charity shop. The author is Roger Davies and the amount of research that must have been required to produce it is overwhelming.

As our ‘Worthy Words’ homework is ” do some research” I hope reading this book will suffice.I have always been interested in the Tarring Folly and may include it in a story one day.