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Friday, 17 May 2013

Book fair invitation

This morning I toddled off bright and early to one of the local markets here in town where I have an occasional book-stall for selling and promoting ‘Mine to Avenge.’ I was there regularly for a month around Christmas time, and have been there for the past two weeks, meeting and greeting the locals. 

It’s a wonderful atmosphere, and everyone there is very friendly. Overall, it hasn’t resulted in major sales - I’ve sold far more books online - but it has generated some great exposure and I’ve had some wonderful conversations with people about the book. 

Some people have bought it, read it and passed it on. Others have won signed copies in a ‘Guess the number of words’ competition. Others have stopped and chatted as they have recognized me from the local newspaper articles or heard a local radio interview. 

Although it is sometimes easy to become discouraged with slow sales, every little bit of exposure counts. The small things will move into bigger things in time, if you patiently wait, and a ‘bigger’ opportunity has finally opened up for me this morning, with an invitation to be a guest at a local inaugural book-fair later in the year. 

The nature of the appearance has yet to be decided. It may simply involve being present and selling my book, rather than something like a speaking engagement that better known authors will be offered, but it is a wonderful opportunity that I will embrace nonetheless. I feel privileged and honoured to be included.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Time for Mine to Avenge to stand alone

Authors really love, appreciate and need our readers. Without them our work remains only a labour of love - a product of our own personal drive and motivation. 

I have very much appreciated the readers who have read Mine to Avenge and posted reviews, as this is what gets the word out to other readers, and turns our work into so much more than that labour of love. 

I am currently seeking more reviewers willing to review my book, and am willing to forward a free version for Kindle to any reader willing to read and review my book on places such as Amazon and Goodreads. I am prepared to give away one copy per week to readers willing to put up their hands to help out. The first three weeks are already covered. Please let me know whether or not you are interested, but please be genuine in your request and don't ask to be included on my list if you are not able to review or don't plan to. If I get a lot of responses, I will keep everyone on a standby list, and offer you a spot on the list if someone drops off or changes their mind about wanting to do the review. 

I am now at a stage where I am wanting to devote more energy to the sequel, and it is time for Mine to Avenge to start standing alone. As a self-publisher I will still be promoting my book now and again, but I hope to do this mainly via reader reviews, so I can concentrate more on my writing again.

Please let me know if you'd like to be on my reviewer list either by contacting me by one of the following ways - 

1. Fill in the Review Copies form on my website -  here
2. Message me on my Facebook Page