5 Ways to Promote your E-book

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If you want people to read your e-book, you’ll need to do some ‘metaphorical’ legwork. And if, like me, you’re new to all this and aren’t sure where to start, here’s some basic (and free) ways to promote your e-book.

1. Add yourself as an author on Goodreads

Goodreads is like Trip Advisor for books and I’m sure most of you are on their already talking, reviewing and generally loving books. But did you know they have an Author profile? Add your own book to Goodreads and claim it as your own and bingo – you’re a Goodreads Author! You don’t need an ISBN either.

2. Promote your book with Writers Online ‘Subscriber Showcase’

I’ve subscribed to the Writing Magazine for years and as the biggest writing mag in the UK, it has some clout. So when I found that they’ll add your book to their online Subscriber Showcase free for two months if you’re a subscriber, I was all over it. They’ll also add you if you’re not a subscriber but you would need to pay a small fee.

3. Schedule your social media promotion with an app

There are plenty of apps to help you juggle your social media accounts. Basic help is usually free so you can try things out to see what’s right for you.

I use Buffer and thus far it’s provided what I need to manage my Twitter and Facebook. With their basic service I can set up one message about my book to repeat at a regular interval, in my case once a week. It’s also proved useful to queue up a variety of other messages about other things too. Don’t continuously cry ‘BUY MY BOOK!’ because you will put people off.

4. Got Twitter? Try welcome Direct Messages

Okay, I know not everyone is fond of these – but I’ve actually had some nice conversations because of them and I think they’re a good way to highlight what you’ve got going on. Like with other social promotion, keep if short and personal and not just ‘BUY MY BOOK!’

5. Update your social media and blog bios

If you’ve got a blog, update your ‘About’ page with a link to your book and consider a link on your menu or sidebar as well.

Similarly, pop a link into your social media bios linking to your new book. If you’d rather leave your Twitter bio as it is, try pinning a tweet to the top of your time line instead, so it’s the first one people see visiting your feed.

Got a tip that’s helped you with your own work? Please share in the comments below.

 

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A Visit to Stonehenge

Even though it’s not far from neck of the woods, I’ve only just got round to visiting Stonehenge.

It helps that we’ve joined English Heritage as it’s not cheap to visit the stones. Understandable I suppose, given that it is one of the most famous sites on the planet and they have got a rather good visitors centre. Inside is a 360 display of the stones, plus an exhibition on their history and artefacts found at the site.

There’s been many a story inspired by these great, ancient stones and the burial mound covered landscape that surrounds them. I shall let the pictures speak for themselves.

Who else has been to this magnificent place? What were your thoughts?

 

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Don’t Underestimate the Power of Words

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If you’re a writer, you’re going to love words. But part of that love comes from your knowledge of their power. Words are beautiful gifts – with sharp edges. I believe in freedom of speech. But we often act as if words exist in a vacuum. They do not.

Our ability to communicate has given us civilisations, nations; dominance (rightly or wrongly) on this planet. That shows you the power of words. So we should never pretend that because they do not inflict physical change, they can’t be powerful or dangerous. Words can incite, words can enflame. Words can support and justify and embolden. The words we speak and hear, and words you write and read; the power comes from both sides.

The age of internet and global media means we’re overflowing with words. Sometimes we’re close to drowning in them. We struggle under their weight, so we try to sum up, to ‘sound-bite’, this torrent of words in a nice neat bow. But it’s not possible. And when we do so, we erase their context and inadvertently make words even sharper.

I won’t repeat that oft used ‘Uncle-Ben-from-Spiderman’ quote, but it’s foolish not to understand what words can do. And the freedom some of us have to send them into the world comes with a price. We must take responsibility for our words. We must never underestimate how powerful they can be.

Visiting Virginia Woolf – A trip to Monk’s House

Monk’s House was once the home of Virginia and Leonard Woolf. Today it’s owned by the National Trust. It’s a simple, unassuming 18th century cottage with a beautiful big garden and orchard.

Virginia writing shed can be found in this orchard. And she resides here too, her ashes scattered amongst the trees.

Virginia and Leonard Woolf owned this place as a retreat from London. In it they made welcome several notable members of the ‘Bluestockings’ literary and artistic set in the 1930s.

There’s a real sense of simplicity about the place. It’s a home not a grand place to show off. Which isn’t to say it’s not interesting. It’s full of books and colourful rugs, painted chairs and vases full of flowers.

If you’re a member of the NT and you’re into your authors, this is a good place to visit and it doesn’t take long to go round.

The garden is delightful and many a visitor was enjoying a picnic on that summers afternoon. You can see why Virginia and Leonard found a creative bolthole here.

I think you either love Virginia work or admire it and I’d say I fall into the latter category. I’ve read a number of her works (favourite is The Years) and I’ve been fascinated by her themes, her use of words but I’m not as passionate as I know some will be. But her influence on the literary world and development of Feminism cannot be underestimated. So if you’re in the vicinity, why not pop in and look around.

Anyone else been to Monks House?

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“Under this Skin” available to buy on Amazon!

“Under this Skin” ebook is available on Amazon! 

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The link goes to Amazon UK Kbut it’s up on other countries websites too – just search for “Under this Skin”.

And you can borrow it for free if you’re a Kindle Unlimited customer.

If you’re not sure if it’s right for you, check out my blog post 6 Reasons you Might Want to Buy my Book. Plus you can read the first few pages on the posting itself.

So go give it a look!

Read the Book Jacket Blurb for “Under this Skin”

Here’s a peek at the back jacket blurb for “Under this Skin” – due out this Saturday 22nd Oct!

Forty-something, divorcee Trude doesn’t expect much from life anymore. Least of all a mysterious box, a possible romance and some distinctly unusual ‘growing pains’.

When a neighbour she barely knew dies and leaves her a box full of personal belongings, her life gets a boot up the backside. Her neighbour’s friend David tries to help her understand why – and provides the tantalising possibility of romance. Things should be looking up.

Except…

Trude begins to suffer disturbing symptoms and finds herself slap bang in the middle of a ridiculous nightmare. Plagued by painful changes and blackouts, she wakes up in strange places without her memory – or her clothes! She sees visions of other peoples’ thoughts. And the weirdest thing of all – something is stalking her inside her own head.

Uncover the secrets of this darkly comic contemporary fantasy debut by R. F. Walton.

 

Ps – I won’t keep banging on about my book once it’s published – promise!

6 Reasons Why you Might want to Buy my Book

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My ebook ‘Under this Skin‘, is up for sale on Amazon Kindle and here are six reasons to buy my book:

1. You like contemporary fantasy

This book is a fantasy/horror set in present day reality. And if that’s your bag baby you should give it a whirl.

2. You like a bargain

£1.99 is less than a cup of High Street coffee and for that sum you’ll get a gathering of original words in a pleasing order to be read again and again. Bargain.

3. You want something fast-paced

There’s nothing wrong with a Game of Thrones-type epic but sometimes you need something a bit more nippy. At 55,000-odd words, my book gets into the story with no messing about.

4. You want to be amused

Fantasy can be super serious. This book does deal with some nitty-gritty themes it’s true, but it’ll also make you giggle.

5. You like cats

If the Internet has taught me anything it’s that everyone loves cats. And this book has one. But not too much of one if you’re not enamoured with cats.

You’ll make me happy

And I’ll share that happiness with the people around me. So you’ll be ‘spreading the love’ far and wide. Massive Karma bonus for you eh?

So hopefully that’s piqued your interest. But if not, that’s okay. You can still come by and visit anytime (as long as you bring me a kitty).

Interested? Go get ‘Under this Skin’ now!

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The Book is Finished

 

Stone Cold Toad

Observe if you will the subject,
the glass across her shows,
a clear-cut image of the creature inside,
the gluttonous stone-cold toad.

See how it sits in the darkness,
concealed in the subjects gut,
with limbs of purple and emerald green,
with eyes sewed firmly shut.

You’ll note from its mouth emerges,
two protuberances of red,
these entwine and travel up the spine,
and finish inside the head.

Here it will feast, bloated and wet,
enough to maim but not kill,
but sometimes one can feed too much,
And the subject becomes forever still.

See now how your eyes widen in shock,
but without the glass there’s no trace,
of the foul and loathsome stone-cold toad
and where it sits in it’s place.

See you recoil from the subject,
see you mock or run and hide,
but this glass upon any of you,
t’would reveal a stone-cold toad inside.

 

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Today

‘…I watched as my fingers snapped over one by one, shooting pain down my arms. My legs concertinaed upwards, folding over and over. My eyes shattered.’

The book is finished.

What you’ve read in the header above is a tiny taster of what it contains. And on Saturday 22nd Oct it’ll be unleashed into the great, wide world via Amazon. I know some people have mixed feelings about Amazon and the power they have in the Digital book market, but for someone in my position it makes sense.

And it really is an amazing opportunity. If you’d have told 14-year-old me I’d have the chance to publish my book and access a market of millions without an agent or publisher – I’d have thought you were on something.

I know I’m not going to get many downloads but that’s okay. I’ve got the opportunity to put my work out there, which ultimately is all most creators want. A chance for expression. And maybe a tiny bit of feedback.

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Visiting Alice Liddells Grave

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Any fan of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ will know that its eponymous heroine is based on a real person. Alice Liddell was the fourth child in the Liddell family. They were friends with Charles Dodgson AKA Lewis Carroll and it was on a boating trip that he whipped up the tale of Alice and the White Rabbit which Alice encouraged him to write down. ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ were born.

Alice lived most of her life in and around Lyndhurst in the New Forest. And it’s handily not that far away from where I live. It seemed only right that after photographing Lewis Carroll’s final resting place, I should do the same for Alice herself.

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You can find her around the back of the rather grand St Micheal and All Angels. A handy sign points the way. On the headstone, Alice is referred to as ‘Mrs Reginald Hargreaves’, which does jar, but put that down to the times in which she lived.

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The grave itself has a rather lovely white stone memorial. It contrasts with the very apt red and white rose bushes planted inside.

If you’re ever passing through, I would definitely recommend stopping by to  see this charming site.

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