So, let’s get started…
5. Do Not Pre-Edit!
I received two boxes from Ingram this week, 50 pristine copies of Myra have arrived. I’ve been busy sending out pre-orders, but I still have a few copies left if anyone’s interested.
The cost is £7 including U.K. postage, you can buy with this link,
I’ve also been delivering stock, here’s the view in one of the places where my work is available, the Funky Aardvark in Teignmouth after I had re-stocked the display.
and better still, I met up with the amazing Vicki-Lea Boulter, the genius behind the cover art. Tea was consumed and new projects discussed.
And the final piece of news, the official launch will be on March 15th at East Town Cafe in Crediton. See the event on Facebook. I will be there from 10 am until 2 pm and will have all my novels available at a special price. There might also be a short story for you. Andorra Pett may put in an appearance as well.
Hi everybody, sorry the post is a bit late, a case of life getting in the way.
I’m back with a post regarding your public appearance as an author, primarily concerning your online profiles. I’m going to give you my top three tips on how to be as professional as you can be when marketing online.
1. So firstly, as tempting as it might be, try not to have too many powerful opinions. Now, obviously there will be things you feel strongly about and causes you will offer your support to, but that doesn’t mean that at the next election or over an event weekend you should make all your opinions publicly clear. It can alienate readers and convince people that you aren’t worth listening to, or can have people citing you as a source for something you may not know enough about to properly talk about. When writing stories and self-publishing a hugely important thing to do is to make sure that your audience doesn’t feel like you’re coming from a place that they can’t understand.
2. Now, a lot of people make this mistake but you shouldn’t put yourself on a pedestal. By this I don’t mean you shouldn’t have confidence – you totally should. Your work is awesome and letting people know is the only way they’ll ever find that out. That said, however, lots of black and white pictures of yourself, combined with a tendency to ignore your audiences contribution on your social media and a too flippant attitude can quickly make you appear pretty cold-hearted. Sure, it might be a lot of work to keep up conversations with people all the time, but if you want to sell your books to people you’ll have to do it, so you might as well find a way to enjoy doing it.
3. Finally, most importantly, you should always remember what makes you an author (Hint: It’s the readers). If you’re going to spend a lot of time building an online persona, make sure to take the time for individuals here and there and to offer fun alternative ways your audience can get more involved. One example of this is “Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café”, a book I am responsible for, and as a part of putting it together, I offered my readers the opportunity to be beta readers for me. Naturally, people enjoyed the opportunity to get involved and be a part of the pre-release process and an even better part of the deal was that I got great feedback on my work, early. Getting people involved was a win-win.
So don’t even feel like your online profile isn’t hip enough. You’ll connect with people best by being yourself, and by finding points of interest between your readers and yourself.
Hopefully, that will help you, and I appreciate you coming here to read again.
Have a great day, and we’ll see you here again soon
Great news, Myra is now available to pre-order in eBook format from Amazon.
Just go to this link (it works worldwide) to reserve your copy, it will be delivered to your device on Feb 15th. The eBook price has been set at around £2.99 or $3.99 and equivalent for other markets, depending on exchange rates.
I’m still working on the paperback, I have ordered a proof copy, as long as that’s OK I will make it available, stand by for news of that. Its price will be £7.99 or $9.99.
Here is the full cover, I think you’ll agree it’s impressive!
Myra is also available from these links,
BARNES AND NOBLE (Nook)
So hopefully some of my advice will help you to grow as a writer and will give you things to focus on with your next draft. I look forward to meeting the people influenced by my site and thank you again for reading.
Critical mass is commonly defined as the amount of fissile material needed to sustain nuclear fission. It’s an interesting concept and one which doesn’t have to be reserved for that alone.
It could also refer to the point in any situation where something acquires enough momentum of its own to become unstoppable.
And I’m there again now.
Many years ago, back in the time when I struggled to write a letter home after a month spent crossing the Pacific ocean, I never got to that stage with any words put on paper. As long as I had written a bit I was happy, relieved to have done it. I used to get long interesting letters from my wife and family and wondered at the apparent ease that they were produced.
I watched as my wife would spend an hour or two writing to people, it seemed to flow, like a river and I asked her about how she did it. “I’m in the zone,” she said, “and it just comes out.” I never really understood at the time, ‘lucky her,’ I thought.
Fast forward….. I’m writing now, I don’t know where the inspiration came from, one day I just sat down and started typing. And I found that as I did so, just occasionally the story would flow like I had seen in Yvonne’s letter writing sessions. It just kept coming and in the end, I had written things that I didn’t remember thinking or planning.
And that brings us back to critical mass.
In every idea there seems to be a certain mileage, sometimes I will write a thousand words, or two thousand and realise that the idea had nowhere else to go. It’s a Short Story or a Flash Fiction. That’s not to say that it isn’t any good, it just is what it is, complete and that’s fine.
Sometimes it just keeps going to twenty thousand words or so and then a strange thing happens. It develops a life of its own and nothing you can do stops it as it carries on. You think it’s done and another idea springs up to extend the plot or amplify a chapter. It starts to write itself, all you have to do is keep pressing the keys. Before you know it you’ve passed another ten thousand words almost without expending any effort.
My present work is one of those stories.
That’s critical mass and it’s wonderful.