Reviewing the pain….

Another day, another batch of facebook and instagram and a little bit of twitter….

So the saga continues, I keep banging away at social media, my followers continue to grow and so do the following. None of which helps sales though, which could be considered poor to non-existent. Reviews are the thing, without them any book will just languish in the dusty basement of Amazon’s Kindle shop.

A while ago I ran a free offer to try and generate some interest and gather some reviews, I gave away over a hundred books and in return I think it generated….. wait for it…. A review. Whoopee…. I’m not sure why this is, a fellow author I’ve met on facebook did the same and within a week had 38 reviews. Okay so his was a travel blog and wasn’t a long read, but still. I suppose here patience is the key. My priorities are different from everyone elses…

Other news I updated my cover on the basis that although I was pleased with my cover, it made a poor thumbnail. A weekend on Photoshop was spent and I was really pleased. But guess what? The thumbnail was shit. So I updated the Kindle cover only to make it stand out a bit more. We will see if it helps. The thing is though it won’t help with reviews, there are so many promotion sites out there that won’t even look at your work until you have twenty plus reviews. I have eight.

Now this may sound like a moan. There is a reason for that. It is a moan. Hey it’s okay though, nobody reads this either, so I can moan away to my heart’s content.

What to do next? I actually have no idea at all, I will plug away at it, the feedback I get is all positive and having read other authors work(It’s a thing you do once you start mingling on the same facebook pages) I can honestly say that I believe my book to be at least as good as I’ve read and in most instances actually head and shoulders above the other stuff I’ve read, even the ones I have enjoyed have been below my own quality. And I’m not usually one to bang my own drum. What this does mean is that while the confidence in my own ability has grown so my enthusiasm to grind away at sales remains undiminished.

Moan over, that feels better, sometimes it’s just good to get things off your chest…. Until the next time….

The pain continues….

So the building of my social media empire continues, it is still painful but now I cast a cursory glance as I see a post from a ‘newbie’ on all the author and writing promotion facebook groups you find yourself being sucked into. I laugh as I think how short a time that fresh faced enthusiasm has to live. If this was ‘Nam I would be the blank eyed marine in grubby and blood stained fatiguies watching the next generation of enthusiastic recruits disembarking with their shiny uniforms and their dreams intact.

..’you get a facebook following consisting of people who follow you to get a facebook following.’

But it all seems to work to a degree, you swap follows and likes with other authors and bloggers, you post instagram links, you share others work and others share yours. The end result is you get a facebook following consisting of people who follow you to get a facebook following. The general consensus amongst all these people swapping likes is that at some point you achieve a momentum that will become a self sustaining thing. We shall see.

I am now an instagrammer too, which is another exercise in frustration. Not much to report on that, at the moment it is early days. Hopefully will have something more to report when I write my next blog. Also my first newsletter went out to a muted response and a barrage of emails and whatsapps explaining my typo’s to me. I wasn’t even sure it had been sent when I got the first response. Hey it works….. All publicity is good publicity. Well, within reason, “Author joins American police force for shits and giggles,” could be an exception…

Other news, I contacted the local paper in Scotland where I lived and they are, hopefully, going to run a feature. That would be great if it happens, which is pretty certain, but no chickens are being counted yet. I’m not going to say much more in this blog, because well there isn’t much more to say… it is all social media, social media, social media at the moment. Please somebody save me, it really is against all my natural instincts…

Tales from the darkside…

The darkside being social media, of course. It’s been a while since my last blog. Apologies but all sorts of stuff been keeping me busy. So, how’s my campaign going?

Well I spent a painful few days trying to publicise a one day free book offer on the kindle edition. I took to social media like a pro(although not a pro at social media) and boosted posts and linked to sites and jumped through hoops etc. I went onto a site called fiverr where you can pay “influencers” to promote your post. I chose two of these and paid about £40.00 to have my offer “Blasted” across twitter and instagram.

‘I gave away a load of books…’

So did it work? Well something did, I had a target figure in my head and I gave away double that figure. In fact I gave away a load of books, it was bittersweet… Unfortunately I have no real way of finding where the traffic came from. And who actually took advantage of the offer. I suspect that paying contractors in fiverr was not a great part. Just from the reaction to my facebook posts and the amount of people who shared and liked the post. I won’t rush back to fiverr, the upshot of this is I think to concentrate on ‘Organically’ growing your following.

And just by-the-by for anyone looking to do the same sort of thing, amazon still charge you 0.06 to deliver each ebook(What??) so having a free book offer means you get all the fun of giving your work away and watching your hard earned commision shrink at the same time. Great stuff!!

‘virus ravaged world…’

What else is new? I now find myself in a bit of a conundrum, I was looking through some old writings and I found the first couple of chapters of a book I started many years ago. It was set in a virus ravaged world, and even though I say so myself it was pretty good, and prescient. To the point that I wasn’t sure whether to postpone my latest Alfred Jones and Son, Bros. project and concentrate on this instead. I made a decision and well… the news will be in my latest newsletter.


Current news/ situation, I continue to publicise my book on social media, which with the current lockdown is as good as it gets at the moment. Currently I’m running a competition to give away three signed copies… However the lockdown is easing and my favourite bar here in Spain is going to be the first book signing event, hopefully sometime in July.

That’s exciting.

Facebook link is at bottom of page if you fancy entering the competition.

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