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Novel publicity: how to publicize your book

Bek Harrington:

Wanted to share this fantastic opportunity with my pals in the writing community.

Originally posted on The Book Bird:

If you’re a writer, the chances are that you spend a lot of time on your own. Forcing yourself to shout how great your book is in groups of people you don’t know that well can be fraught with danger and self-doubt. Novel publicity may not be fun. If you also don’t know what you’re doing … unintended consequences can occur when you attempt to publicize your book. Not. Good.

However, if you’re a self-published novelist or an indie author,  your novel publicity is doomed to be delivered by you. No-one else will publicize your book. (Well, they will, but you have to ask them nicely). That can be a lacklustre or even damaging experience if you don’t know how it all works.

That’s why the universe made Beverly Bambury. She knows how to publicise books, and she likes empowering authors. You too can publicize your book – without paying…

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A Few Changes

plan-aYes it’s been a very long time since I posted. In fact I’m sure more than a few people believed I had dropped off the face of the Earth. It’s been about nine months since I’ve been seen out and about online. There are a few reasons for this, and I feel you all deserve some kind of explanation – here it is.

October 2012 my beloved cat Sandy, who I rescued at age 5 weeks, had to be put to sleep. She was 18. The grief that consumed me was indescribable. I try to keep my private life “private” so I never mentioned it at the time and only do so now that you might understand why I’ve been absent so long. Sandy dying was only the beginning of the Dramarama Festival I was going to have to endure.

For months I was total wreck. Much of my business responsibilities were falling to my assistant because I couldn’t get my head back in the game, I was only going through the motions. Anyone who has ever had a deep connection with a pet will understand where I’m coming from, those that haven’t will be wondering how a cat dying could effect me so much.

Without me at the helm guiding the business, things started going wrong. Around the middle of 2013 I had lost about 50% of my business to competitors. Now the financial trouble starts to really kick in.

As you might imagine I’m skimming over a lot of details, but I’m sure you get the picture of how bad things were. Amid all this gloom and doom I was determined to keep writing. We all know what they say about the “best laid plans of mice and men”.

Next on the list of things life wanted to throw at me was bad health. I suffer a couple of chronic health issues which are normally kept under control. Not so anymore, my health problems became acute and I became desperate. I was losing my business, my health and at times I felt sure I was losing my tiny little mind; and my writing…. well there was no such thing.

Around September/October I’d battled back to something resembling normal health and was determined to nurse my business back to health also. A plan was made and I spent the next couple of months working my butt off to make it happen. Currently I’ve managed to claw back my market share. Things are not rosy for the business, but they are a damn lot better than this time last year.

A setback with my health in January nearly derailed everything, but here I am in March feeling as much like myself as I ever have.

I learned some important lessons during this black period and it has resulted in me making a few necessary changes.

  • Social networking might be important for promotion and other things, but I don’t have time for it and I’m not going to beat myself up about not being on every damn social network there is. I have eradicated all my social network accounts accept Facebook. And don’t expect to see me there a million times a day. (Facebook games are the biggest time suck on the planet)
  • Good intentions are no substitute for actual work. I have indefinitely suspended the “Author Promotion” section of the website. Again this is a time constraint consideration. Working on posts and adding other authors work to the site leaves me little time to do any of my own work or writing for that matter.
  • More writing, less promotion. I never published my writing to become rich. I write for the pure enjoyment I receive from it, when anyone reads and enjoys my work that is a total BONUS!

There are more changes happening behind the scenes, which mostly relate me being able to organise and prioritise my time better. The biggest change is that I am retiring the Vampires Revealed website. All the important stuff will be migrated here. To start with Character Bio’s have been moved.

For the first time in a very long time, I am back to writing. It feels so good to be with my characters again. Although I’m not sure they are going to be too happy with what I have in store from them.

 

 

Words for Words Sake

As many of you already know, my writing career started writing for newspaper. Fresh out of high school I was offered a cadetship with the local paper and I jumped at the chance. However a chronic health condition (which I still suffer from) stopped me from pursuing journalism as a career.

The reason I mention this is writing for newspaper and writing fiction are two distinctly different styles.

Back when I was working on the newspaper my Editor was a complete Nazi (in a good way). He drilled into me the prinicples of reporting and to stick to the facts, quote verbatim, do not editorialise. It was my job to report the story accurately and objectively, not to add colour, embellish or spout my opinion. Writing fiction on the other hand, is all about painting a story; making it come alive in the readers mind.

A few days ago while surfing the net, I’d like to say I was researching but the truth is I was procrastinating, I came across a review of both Vampires Revealed and Desires Revealed by the same reviewer.  Their single complaint about both books was they were too short.

This is not the first time I’ve seen a reader complain they wish one or both of my books were longer. But I can assure you, it has forced me to take a good hard look at myself and my writing. I think it’s fair to say that to a certain extent I am still struggling to move past the rules of writing for newspaper and to embrace the style of writing fiction.

While I am now acutely aware of my habit of being overly succint, I will not write more simply for the sake of reaching some arbitrary word count. I will always be aiming to write enjoyable stories and I will try to be mindful of adding more information where it is needed. But I will not write Words for Words Sake!

A Title Revealed

Portrait of young man.

Reseph – hero of the next book.

Originally it was planned that my next book would be titled “The Unseen Hand”. The story, plot and twists were all worked out, until…

Well once I started writing the characters took over. This is not unusual for me, all my characters become larger than life once I start writing them.

Anyway, Reseph was most insistent about what he thought to be the ‘important’ part of the story, so that is where the story has gone. I’m afraid to say the next book is now going to be quite different than I had originally planned. You’d think I’d learn from past experience and realise my characters will always take over.

So now that Reseph has jumped and down, yelled and screamed at me what he wants, I find have to rename my next book. It will now be called ‘Reseph Revealed’.

A pretty boring title if you ask me, but the decision was not mine; blame Reseph if you don’t like it. Anyone who wants to take issue with the choices of a 3000 year old Herashevn vampire is braver than me.

I will be posting to my Facebook page what was going to be the beginning of the Prologue to the original story. It’s very short, but I hope that you will enjoy it anyway.

For those of you who are patiently waiting for the release of the next book, you will be pleased to know that I have made significant progress; despite many, many distractions. Okay, I admit it, I’ve been wasting time playing games when I should have been writing. To be honest, I think I’ve been somewhat battling over whether or not to stick with my original plan for the story, or let it go the way Reseph wanted it. We all know who won that war. No matter, I’ve written about one third of the first draft and still plan on a release later this year.

If you are keen to know what is happening with the book you may want to ‘Like’ my Facebook page, as I occasionally posts lines from the book as I’m writing. It may, or may not as the case may be, give you some insight into where the story is heading or what is happening.

Chapter 8 has been taunting me for a little while, but I reckon I’ve got it sussed now so I better get back to the grindstone and pumping out those words.

The Good, The Bad and The Surprising

surpriseEver had one of ‘those’ days that turned into one of ‘those’ weeks, that turned into one of ‘those’ months etc. I think you can figure out where I’m going with this. Well, that is what life has been like in my part of the world, for what feels like forever.

So lets get the bad news out of the way. I am no closer to finishing my next book than I was the last time I posted.  To my infinitely patients readers all I can say is, “I’m sorry” and beg you to be patient a while longer.  In Utopia, where I do my best writing, I don’t have to run a business, deal with health issues or anything other than my characters. Unfortunately in the real world, where I actually live, circumstances conspire against you to ensure you never have enough time to devote to all the things that need your attention.

Now for the good news. I’m not dead! I remain upright, conscious and breathing; which means there’s a good chance I will get this next book written…eventually :) But seriously, I have just had four weeks of ‘holidays’ working like a Trojan so that I may have some time to focus on writing.

While life continues speeding forward, seemingly leaving me behind at times, it is always good to pause and take stock. I was reminded of this when I came across an email from one of my readers.

I’m not a bestselling author, in fact barely anyone on the planet even knows who I am as a writer; so getting ‘fan’ mail is a big deal. When I read this particular email, explaining how much they loved my writing and they way in which I made vampires seem real amongst other things, I had to stop for a moment and say “Wow!”.

My characters are very real and dear to me and when I’m writing,  I hope only to do them justice as I put pen to paper.  The notion that someone who does not know me, will pay money to buy my book, take the time to read it and then take the time to contact me is totally incredible. Seriously, I have to pinch myself to realise I’m not dreaming. And so it is I have acquired newfound determination to deliver only my very best to those of you I am honoured to call my readers.

I can’t promise that my blog will become anymore regular in the near future, nor that life won’t continue to be crazy and throw obstacles in my way, but…. What I do promise is that I will not take for granted the financial, emotional and time investment you my readers make in my writing, and that I will work harder than ever to give you the best I can.

The Unseen Hiatus

restingFor those of you anticipating a new release in 2013 I feel I must apologise in advance.

As a lot of you would know I own and manage a boutique entertainment agency. The last twelve months have seen incredible growth for the business. Which is great, but… Being so busy leaves me very little time (or energy) to devote to my writing. So at the moment I’m sitting with a draft chapter one and have been for about five months.

Alright then, my writing schedule has hit a bit of a snag, but that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten my readers. You and my characters both have cause for complaint, but I hope you will forgive me.

The good news is that shortly I am taking an entire month’s break from work. This time I plan to put to good use and spend some quality time with Reseph who the next book focuses on.

Alas those of you desperate to know what happens to Oskar and whether or not Bektamun and Nicole give him what he deserves,  you will have to wait a little longer. Remember there are 12 Herashevn and each have lived a multitude of lifetimes to explore on the page.

Neck Deep In Blood

14 July 1789 – Storming the Bastille

Recently I did a guest post over at Bloody Good Vampires, discussing which was more evil; humans or vampires.  In that article I barely began to scratch the surface of humanity’s crimes. As I commence research for my next book, humanity’s innate ability to cause harm to itself becomes ever more apparent.

My next book will be set amid the turbulent and bloody times of the French Revolution. Let’s take a quick look at some facts arising from the French Revolution. Read the rest of this entry

Introducing Fav Friday

Look for the “Fav Fri” symbol on upcoming posts.

This week sees the introduction of a brand new feature – Fav Friday. What’s it all about?

Readers love getting to know authors and generally that happens over time via interviews. As an author I can’t tell you what a chore it can be doing interviews. Repeatedly asked the same questions in a different way again and again.  There are only so many times and a finite variation of ways I can tell you about why I started writing. Trust me folks, nearly all authors would rather be working on their next project then answering interview questions. Read the rest of this entry

Kobo: The Heavyweight Challenger?

Big news in the world of self-publishing. Interesting article and links to all relevant information.

Kobo: The Heavyweight Challenger?.

Update

Kobo has now released WritingLife from beta and is available for use now.

RH Around Cyberspace @ Books & Movies Review

After sending out countless requests to bloggers and reviewers, the anxious wait is finally over and the first verdict on Desires Revealed is in. Roberto over at Books & Movies Reviews has given Desires Revealed the thumbs up, giving it a 5-star rating on Amazon. You can read his review on his blog.

Review – Desires Revealed

 

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