Ruining the reputation of self-publishing: an amateur writer, one year on.

approval-15914_640Before we start, apologies for the clickbait title. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt in the last twelve months it’s that negative headlines get a lot more attention than positive ones. You clicked on it, after all!

But what else have I discovered in my voyage into the minefield-strewn world of writing and book marketing, and how was In Vitro Lottery received (if at all) by the reviewing and buying public? Read on to find out! Continue reading

Can Twitter help sell my book?

For any new author, trying to establish an audience is one of the most difficult things we face. Before the age of self-publishing through Amazon, B&N et al., if you weren’t picked up by a publisher then getting your work in front of people was a very difficult and time-consuming process. Nowadays, anyone can write a novel and have it visible to the public in moments.
The downside of that, of course, is a massive increase in competition. Instead of a shop with hundreds of books vying for readers’ attention, there are hundreds of thousands on Amazon. It’s a bookstore of near-infinite shelves, and if you’re not at the front table, it’s a journey you have to persuade your customers to make.

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Book review: The Light of Dark: Leah, Tobias, Bethany, Jesse Box Set by D. Gail Miller

The Light of Dark: Leah, Tobias, Bethany, Jesse Box Set by D. Gail Miller

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“What’s that you say? A piece of Christian fiction about members of an Amish community fighting against a world-wide conspiracy in the End Times? Count me in!” was exactly what I didn’t say when The Light of Dark boxset entered my ‘to review’ pile. But you know what? Despite a few issues, it won me over.

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Book review: The Colony, by RMGilmour

The Colony, by RMGilmour

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Lydia is a broken woman weighed down by grief and trauma, both mentally and physically. Then one day she starts hearing a voice in her head claiming to be a person called Jordan from another plane of existence. At first she dismisses it, but then it won’t go away and she feels strangely drawn to it, his presence making her feel whole again. After a while Jordan explains to Lydia that he can bring her to him, and before she knows it she’s on a strange world outside a walled city she can’t enter. Continue reading

Going off the beaten path – indie books, expectations and lessons from computer games

I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a voracious reader, but like many people, I tend to stick to my favourite few authors and personal recommendations from friends. All from major publishers, of course!
That was until a few months ago, when as part of my membership of BooksGoSocial, I joined a review club and started reading indie books. I’ve not touched a traditionally published book since.

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