It’s official – book number two is launched! And I’m happy to report that the feedback has been wonderfully positive. It’s always a tense time, just after you release a book, and people are finally reading all those words you’ve knitted so carefully together. You hope and pray that you’ve managed to be entertaining, interesting and unique, both in style and subject matter. But the proof of the pudding is in the eating….. hang on, I’m totally mixing up my metaphors – knitting and baking?! That’s what a book launch will do to you. Anyway, the point is that writing a book is only the beginning. As much as I would love to sit back in a leather, wing-backed chair and give myself a congratulatory pat on the back for a job well done, maybe even smoke a cigar and wave a tumbler of brandy under my nose, the reality is, I’ve got to promote my tushie off! My book might have made it onto the Kindle Store Best Seller List, but there are zillions of people out there who have no idea it exists and I have to spend every waking hour trying to figure out how to reach them. Rather, I have to figure out how to reach them, without being lost among the swathes of other authors trying to reach the same people.
So here’s the part where you come in. “What, Me?” I hear you say. Well you didn’t think you were just a sleeping partner in this blog post did you? If you have been wonderful enough to download a copy of ‘The Mysterious Bakery On Rue De Paris’, then let me just tell you right now that you have invested in my future as a writer. It’s a common fact, that every time someone downloads a self-published book on Kindle, an Indie Author gets their wings. Okay, maybe that part isn’t entirely true, but the first bit is. Writers just want to write, but the validation of a reader really gives you conviction to keep writing. This is a tough industry in a major state of flux, so more than ever, readers are calling the shots. And rightfully so. I’m going off on a bit of a tangent, but my point is this: If you download a book by an Indie author and you enjoy it, please share your thoughts with your friends and most importantly (if you can) leave a review. Reviews are always a great help to people when they’re trying to make their mind up on a purchase, but especially when it comes to self-published books. We are unknown authors with no marketing team behind us, so basically our readers are our marketing team. Which is actually brilliant, because they have no vested interest in encouraging others to buy your book. Readers just want a good book, no matter who published it. So, if you can, please do write a review, short or long, scant or plentiful, it doesn’t matter. Just a few words to say what you thought of the book can really make a huge difference to an author’s career. Seriously. Even if it’s not a glowing five stars, a book can have its flaws, but still be an enjoyable read. I’d be happy to recommend books I’ve given three stars to, because they were worth the journey.
Now, seeing as I’ve got my sales hat on, I had better provide you with the links (smooth, no?) And remember, if you have a subscription with Amazon Prime, you can borrow my book for free!
Amazon UK £1.83
Amazon US $2.99