Time flies!

Well, I seem to be averaging two blogs a year at the moment! Not brilliant for a writer. In my defense, we have moved THREE times this year and I’m mindbogglingly shattered. Still, I am writing – plowing on regardless – but it’s slow process. I’m still working through book 1 of the murder mystery series and trying to find new ways to promote the trilogy. If anyone fancies reading and reviewing any of the Eshla books, please let me know. I’m happy to send a free mobi file, for use on kindles, or a pdf.

It hasn’t all been hard work though – got in a few good days at the beach (with best friend in picture below) and an amazing 12 hours on the flying Scotsman in vintage luxury (strictly for historical research you understand!).

Mailing list?

I have a quick question for any other indie authors out there: do you keep a list of email addresses for people interested in your book? I keep reading articles that mention the importance of having a mailing list, but how do you develop such a list? And don’t people mind if you keep sending them emails?!

As ever, I’d appreciate any feedback. Thanks!

three books

Book recommendation

The Land of Dragor: Book 1: The Gift of Charms (Land of Dragor 1) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1782199241/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_no8Uub0Z63PM5

A great start to an epic new series.
The Land of Dragor: the gift of charms by Julia Suzuki far surpassed my expectations.
It follows the story of Yoshiko, a baby dragon born to the Nephan clan. Yoshiko’s parents just want to be like any other normal dragon, but as he grows, Yoshiko himself becomes aware that he is special. He must decide whether to seek out his destiny – breaking the rules when necessary, or keep his head down and try to get through fire school without being bullied!
This is the first book about dragons I have ever read and I was surprised at how easy it was to feel connected to the the lives of these creatures. Julia Suzuki has created a fascinating world with instantly recognisable personalities that the reader quickly comes to care about. I found it hard to put the book down and, instead of reading it slowly over a week, ended up losing a big chunk of my weekend!
I recommend this to a much wider readership than just fans of fantasy – it has a strong ‘coming of age’ feel to it and explores relationships too – and believe it will be enjoyed by all age groups.
I’m looking forward to the sequel. 😁

The Big Push!

This is a shameless request for advice from indie authors everywhere. Now my first book has a cover I love and is being properly proof-read, and my second book is going through the same process, I’ve started looking seriously at the best ways to market them.

The problem is, I’m drowning in options! Amazon select, Goodreads promotions, Bookdaily.com, Bookbub, facebook promotions and about 300 twitter promotion offers! Does anyone have any advice about what works and what should be avoided? Most of all, I’d like to know if anyone has tried thebookpromoter.com. They sound amazing, but then they all do!

Any feedback gratefully received!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00NJX2DQY

What a year!

When I pause and think about it 2014 has been fairly epic. It’s been a year of adventures and new starts: marriage, new job, a second book almost complete and the leap into self publishing!
I say leap; it was more of a trip and a stumble followed by a huge learning curve! I naively imagined that I could proof read 65,000 words myself, draw a quick cover, slap it out through Amazon, get some friends to read and review and the thing would sell itself!
The reality is: the cover looks clumsy and has held me back from marketing ‘The Lost Heirs’ (I’m having a professional one done right now); I’m on my sixth reprint of the text and people are still pointing out errors! (As soon as I’m paid next month I’ll be employing a proof reader); and whilst lots of friends have happily bought the book (bless them!) few have reviewed it (one to be exact), people are just busy, that’s all. I’ve found the best way to get honest reviews is to approach other authors on WordPress who are in a similar position to me and offer to buy, read and review their books if they’ll do the same. It’s a slow process but it’s honest and it’s opened me up to some genres that I wouldn’t normally bother with; improving my own writing to boot.
So for 2015 I’ll be focusing on professionalism; investing in the project I’ve poured my heart and soul into these last few years. By Easter the second book should be available (proofread and with a proper cover!); and I’ll be experimenting with various different promotional methods whilst completing the third book in the series. I’ll let you know which ones work!
Have a wonderful 2015 – may it be full of dreams come true.

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