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Marketing – Every Author’s Nightmare

So, the book is ready to go. The cover looks great. The blurb is written and the social media posts are scheduled.

Now what?

Blog tours, interviews, press releases, emails ready to go out to the list.

That’s all very well if you know what you are doing or if you have a following or some die-hard fans or even some previous success, but what if you’re a newbie? What if you don’t have an email list? Or a huge social media following?

Where do you start?

At the bottom.

Literally.

Start building a list, reach out to your social media followers and get going!

Sounds great, right?

It also sounds difficult, confusing and likely to fail.

How do we, as writers, become marketers?

The first thing we need to do is reach out to people who have been there, done that already.

Pick someone we admire. Read, watch and listen to every word they create. Take notes. Put some (or all) of their advice into practice and do the work.

Actually, DO it.

Not just absorb it, put it into practice!

Right! I’m off!

If anyone wants to share my journey and help one another on the way, reach out!

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Blah Blah Blah

Been feeling a bit “Blah” lately – probably because of a reaction to the flu jab – so been finding it hard to concentrate.

Started plotting a new novel but it’s not coming together yet – I’ve never actually tried plotting one before – perhaps try again in a week or two.

Did some marketing but lack of funds kind of limits that! Still, did the usual social media whirl etc.

Started a Thunderclap for “A Little Book of Horror” – due for release October 12th

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Finally sent off an assignment for a course I’m doing.

Still feeling “Blah”.

Opened up new novel file – I’m twenty thousand words into a new historical romance – and a couple of hours and two thousand words later, I’m not feeling “Blah” any more!

The secret?

Just do it!

Stop procrastinating and just make an effort. It will come. Give it the right time and place and anything can be accomplished!

Must get back to the novel now!

#amwriting #histfic #romance

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Take Time to Smell the Roses

Well, I am currently working on a few different projects.

  • The Girl in the Shadows Part 3 – Editing
  • The Girl in the Shadows Part 4  – Writing
  • A Paranormal Romance Novel (1) – Writing (Almost ready for first edit)
  • A Paranormal Romance Novel (2) – Writing
  • Irish Paranormal Haunts Part 2 – Researching

So, lots of things to keep me busy.

I used to think I’d never finish the first book but now, I have so many things on the go and I know they will all get done in their own time.

Perhaps that’s the secret.

Let things happen as they will. Do not try to force them.

And always take time to smell the roses!

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Hot News for Fiction Lovers

With so many great fiction books available where do you begin? How do you select your next great read?

  • Do you pick from authors you already know?
  • Do you subscribe to book marketing emails?
  • Have you joined readers groups on sites like Goodreads?
  • Do you prefer to read recommendations from friends?

Just how to you go about finding some of the amazing reads out there?

Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Amazon’s Most Wished For list

Barnes and Noble Recommends list

Goodreads Fiction Books lists

Other places to search:

  • Facebook – search readers or writers groups.
  • Twitter – search using  #amreading, #readers, #greatreads and try any other relevant hashtags you can find.
  • Pinterest – search books and follow author boards. Pin books you might like to come back to at a later date.
  • Instagram – many authors are now using this platform but also if readers love a book they will post here.

There are many more ways to get connected to your next fantastic book. Try them all and if you have any great ideas make sure you share them in the comments!

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The Girl in the Shadows

Just a sneak peek of the cover. Release date to be announced….
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The Girl in the Shadows is growing up in rural Ireland in the middle of the twentieth century. Share the laughter and tears as she makes her way in a world so different from the one we know today.

Soon to be released in Paperback as well as an eBook

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Choosing a book

What makes you click that “add to cart” button?

You go to your favorite book site. You put your genre of choice into the search box. The list comes up. You start scrolling through. Suddenly, you see it. The Book.

What makes you stop there, at that particular book? Are you even aware of why you have stopped there?

I know what makes me stop. Think about it and let me know if one of these makes you stop.

If your reason is not on the list feel free to add a comment below.

 

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