Saturday, 24 August, 2013
My books are my babies, so you would think that when it came time to tell the world about them I would have something that left no doubt as to the awesomeness of each of my books.
A book’s description is one of the most important elements of getting a reader’s initial attention but, when I’ve gone back to look at what I’ve put out, what I’ve managed to put down for the book descriptions has been flat -- at best.
By the time I get the book edited, checked, and finally published, I seem to run out of energy and the book listing seems to be a poor reflection of what it is the book carries within.
In the same vein, a book’s cover is also one of a reader’s first impressions of a book, if not the first. While I do have a bit of a common theme going on with my covers, I think there is more that can be done to attract a reader’s attention.
I’ll be hopefully adjusting some things on different sites over the next few weeks to see whether they have any effect on reader interest, and should also be doing something with my site, as well (as previously promised...)
Once I sort all of that out, I think I’ll be going back and reviewing my marketing approaches and what I’m planning on doing. There has to be a better solution than what I’m doing, but it certainly isn’t down the path of the huckster.
As to the state of my next book, I’m just waiting on the editor to get back to me, and then it’s off for proofing and then release. I’m hoping that’s only a few weeks away as it’s quite an enjoyable read.
Thursday, 15 August, 2013
I’m currently patiently waiting for my editors to finish working on my latest book. Then, it will be another couple of weeks for my proof reading pool to go through it, and then I can release it.
While I’m waiting for all of that, I am pressing on with writing the next story -- the problem being in finding the time and energy to sit down and write as life kicks into overdrive.
There isn’t much more than that at the moment. Waiting and writing. Writing and waiting. I know the next book is going to be enjoyable, I just need to have the patience to allow it to get through the publishing process so that everyone else can enjoy it.
Wednesday, 07 August, 2013
I finally got sick of waiting around while the little things otherwise known as life got in the way of me packaging up my novella and sending it off to my editors. So I did what all authors should do, packaged it up and sent it off. It was quite a liberating feeling to do so and it wasn’t until after that I realised I’d been stressing out trying to get it ready for the editor.
My normal Alpha reader wasn’t able to read this particular story prior to it being sent to the editor, so I sent a rough copy off to a number of my proof readers to show them what an unpolished manuscript looks like.
I wasn’t expecting much of a response from them, but to have the overwhelming response being very positive, it is very gratifying. To have many then clamouring for more of the story was a little bit of a surprise (I was planning to do something, but it’s now really been pushed forward in time).