Do Men Read Romance and Chick Lit?

Before I begin today’s post, I’d like to share with you all that I recently talked to Infinite House of Books about Here Lies Love. You can read the interview here – go on, you know you’d like to. I talk about my writing ideas and what advice I would give to wannabe writers looking to get involved in the industry.

I’ve also had a press photo taken to promote my latest release and donating books to my local library. And, in fact, there are two copies now available in my local library. If you visit your own library often, you can request the book by simply talking to the librarian.

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Do Men Read Romance and Chick Lit?

 

I guess the first instinctive answer from probably 99% of male readers would be no. Is that because they actually don’t read these female-heavy genres, or simply to avoid the embarrassment of admitting to reading these female-heavy genres? Put yourself in a man’s head for a moment – don’t go rooting through there too much, you won’t find anything too interesting, trust me. In today’s metrosexual (yes, I did just use the word ‘metrosexual’) culture. Men do take care of themselves, do their hair, have skin regimes to look more youthful and attractive, and yet, despite these often seemingly feminine behaviours, would it not be too far to admitting about reading romance novels? Would we not be ridiculed? Mocked?

I think it would be fair and true to say that male friends would most certainly mock and criticise their buddy for reading this. Would women too find it a little odd, and put them off too? Men should be MEN, no matter how long they take to do their hair nowadays, shouldn’t they? MEN should be reading John Grisham novels, Jack Reacher heroes to be a manly figure to look up to, as well as Andy McNab soldier stories. Action, thriller, suspense, guns, testosterone! *Flexs muscles and roars*

In a recent interview with UK author Jaimie Admans (Author of chick lit novels) I asked her the question: Books shouldn’t be gender orientated, but it can’t be denied that in reality, they are. Do you think that romantic comedies can appeal to the male reader, and if so, how?

Jaimie admitted that she would be surprised if a male reader wanted to or enjoyed one of novels as they are aimed the female reader. She suggested that a strong male protagonist may be needed to appeal to male readers.

I can’t think of any off the top of my head. Perhaps you may have some to name?

Devil wears prada coverI have read a chick lit book myself. A good while ago, after being persuaded to, I read The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger. I wanted to know if it had something for men to enjoy. I was left utterly underwhelmed. It didn’t grip me, I thought the storyline was unsubstantial at best, and the so called ‘romance element’ was undeniably unrealistic and with not enough chemistry. I’m not talking about sex here, which I know some readers may assume that that is all men think about. Andrea Sachs was a ridiculous protagonist; what I’d call ‘wet’ and I even found it hard to see why women would enjoy this book, never mind men. And yet, there was something to enjoy inside the book. The antagonist for me, although slightly stereotyped, was entertaining. I awarded the book two stars **

Not straight after, but I did venture into the realms of chick lit once more. Twilight CoverAlthough, you could argue it isn’t exactly ‘chick lit’. With the hype of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series taking the world by storm, I did read the first novel. I wish I hadn’t though. Fantasy romance isn’t necessarily chick lit granted, but it is aimed more for female readers. I absolutely hated this book – and yes, I know hate is a strong word. I honestly think that this book could put off readers who are just beginning to widen their reading choices. The first person narrative was awful – a young American tween who is suddenly compelled to fall in love with a vampire – I hated the point of view and I often found myself wanting to throw the book at the wall.

It is not all doom and gloom though. As a self-confessed fantasy lover, I fell in love with Deborah Harkness’s first novel A Discovery of Witches and later devoured the second book in the trilogy Shadow of Night. Described by some critics as ‘Twilight for adults‘ let me tell you that it certainly isn’t. Deborah Harkness commands her readers with brilliant and captivating historical storylines and mixes them up with the fantasy elements of witches and vampire and daemons. The pace is perfect, the characters aren’t wooden and the development of everything is spot on. And yet, this series is romance orientated – a witch falling in love with a vampire. I am a male reader and I love these books.

I guess you could say then, yes! Men do read romance novels, with elements of chick lit thrown in to boot. Admittingly I don’t go out to buy the next Marian Keyes book, or Danielle Steel or Sophie Kinsella for that matter. I guess men need more substance than just a book about two people falling love.

One last danceSo, here’s a challenge for you – especially pointing at any male readers – although I strongly advise all my female readers to do this too. My good friend Sharon Atkinson has just released a short romance novel called One Last Dance. She’s so nice that she is giving away two copies over on Goodreads. All you have to do is enter. Go on, you may win and surprise yourself.

 

Another of my good friends, Holly Martin‘s latest offering is One Hundred Proposals, published by Carina UK and is having a sale on Kindle! Just 99p in the UK. For laughs, romance and wooing, grab yourself a copy before it goes back up to full price.

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Happy reading everybody, and I’m going to leave you with the enlightening picture to inspire you all. Until next time *

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The Famous Five to hit the Silver Screen!

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Never mind reading this as a child, I’m loving it now! How exciting to read that Enid Blyton’s Famous Five series is getting a new makeover and being turned into a film franchise! Just wow! I can’t believe it. The UK film production company Working Title have bought the rights from Hodder – the publisher who now own the twenty book strong licence.

As some of my readers know, I am a huge Famous Five fan. I grew up reading all the books and used to sneak a torch to bed with me so I can snuggle underneath the covers and live through wild adventures of fighting smugglers, overthrowing henchmen, uncovering secret trails and trekking through old, abandoned train tunnels – all on a full stomach thanks to Aunt Fanny’s feast-like dinners and lots of strawberries and cream, all washed down with gallons of ginger beer!

I’ve read many reports of how the series as a whole is outdated and doesn’t Enid Blytonappeal to today’s generation of children, which is such a shame. Thankfully, it seems these reports have been proven wrong as Enid Blyton is still one of the best selling authors for children today, despite passing away in 1968. Enid Blyton has sold more than 100 million books worldwide, with Famous Five books selling hundreds of thousands of copies each year. A sure fire favourite to me!

I honestly believe that these adventure stories are timeless. They are all about the youthful innocence of four children enjoying their childhood by overthrowing the criminal adults. There’s a sense of danger and seriousness to the books, but you always know that a line is never crossed. I used to go adventuring myself as a 10 year old, hoping to find my own derelict island where treasure was buried by crooks. And unlike some of the books published today, the Famous Five has appeal to both young boys as well as young girls. Again, as some people may know, I have a fetish love for hardback books, and over the last year or so, I’ve been building my collection of Famous Five books – turning them from my well-used paperbacks to lovely hardbacks. I have about eight more books to go until I’ve completed the transition. And yet I know that they will be well loved to come as I know I will read them to my own daughter when she gets a little older.

Famous Five TV 1990sOf course, this isn’t the first time that the characters of Julian, Dick, George, Anne and Timmy the dog have seen a live action transformation. Apparently in the 1970’s a TV series was produced, but I grew up with the 1990’s version. I loved the atmosphere to them and thrilling danger you know that lurks only moments away. They may seem a little cheesy now, but I bought the recent DVD of the 1990’s adaptation of the first book, Five on a Treasure Island.

It will be interesting to see how the film turns out. What book would they adapt for the silver screen? Would they keep the names the same? Would CGI be used to spice the adventure up? Of course, I understand the necessity to modernise the series to appeal to the children audience it is obviously going to aim for, but I hope things aren’t messed around with too much. It still needs to be set in the same time period, as this is one of the charms I loved so much.

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Recent: I’ve recently had a press photo taken to promote Here Lies Love as well as my local library. When the piece is written, I will of course let you see it. I hope it isn’t too embarrassing  I’m not very photogenic.

I would like to thank everyone who has so far purchased Here Lies Love. I’ve had more exposure and purchases than my previous adult novel The Caseworker’s Memoirs and the book has only been released for a month and a half. Unfortunately, it hasn’t made any of the Amazon charts, but that’s OK. If you haven’t purchased it yet, well why not!? A new second edition paperback will be released in the coming months, so if you cherish first editions, you may want to think about purchasing a copy soon.

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Author Interview: Jack Croxall

*tuts* that Jack Croxall, he gets everywhere! He’s only released a full trilogy – how unambitious is that? Thankfully, I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of his latest book Torn. It is the final instalment in the Tethers trilogy, and I was eager to see where Jack would finish things. I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the book, as well as the series as a whole, devouring each page and in fact reading three quarters of the book in the same day! Here is a snippet of my review on goodreads:

” … you could say that Torn is Jack Croxall’s most compelling novel to date, with fantasy in abundance, heart-wrenching moments where you urge the brilliant gang on, as well as entertaining bouts of rifle fire and sword fights bringing us to a successful conclusion. Torn, and indeed the Tethers trilogy as a whole, is a teenage fantasy lover’s perfect companion in that all three books stands up to the heavyweights of the genre – Pullman, Colfer, Paolini – and you know what, manages to topple some of the best.”

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Torn Jack Croxall

Desperate to destroy the stones before they can fulfil their dark promise, Karl and Esther race northwards. But they are not alone in their charge. Enemies both old and new jostle to reach the stones first, perhaps some already have.

Torn is the third book of The Tethers Trilogy.

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Having just released your final instalment of the trilogy, can you Jack Croxallfill us in on what readers can expect from Torn?

No problem, Dan! I think readers can expect a lot of new challenges for Karl and Esther, and a return to one of the trilogy’s most important themes. There are a few sneaky surprises in there as well.

How did you feel when you (metaphorically) wrote The End? Do you wish you could continue the series, or are you happy with the outcome of the three books?

I’m absolutely thrilled with how the trilogy has worked out, I just about managed to say everything I wanted to, and, perhaps strangely, I feel happy for the main characters; it feels like they have their own lives now and I’ll never be interfering with or torturing them again!

Torn takes our heroes up into the highlands of Scotland, so very different from the rural Shraye in which Karl and Esther are used to. Did you have to do much research for the setting?

Actually, not that much. The trilogy visits so many of the places I used to go when I was growing up, and the Scottish countryside hasn’t really changed all that much from the Victorian days. I did do some research of course, but it was mostly into what transport would have been like. Once I got everyone in Scotland, I felt a lot more confident in just work from my own experiences!

With the Cormorant in Tethers, the Theresa in Unwoven and the Leviathan and more in Torn, you sure love your boats! In my opinion, they really added to the atmosphere of the times. What was your thought process behind the inclusion of boats and ships in your trilogy?

Thanks Dan, I’ve just done a little count in my head and I think there are at least six boats with major appearances throughout the entire trilogy. That is certainly a lot of boats! I just love the romance of boats though; you get in one and go wherever you please (or at least you could hundreds of years ago), that’s why I think they appear so much, as well as how synonymous they are with swashbuckling of course!

Torn is a more mature novel, with death and loss interwoven into the storyline, behind the conspiracies and adventure. Did you find yourself cutting back on the grislier scenes to match your readership?

I did think about that quite a lot actually, Dan. There are some gruesome bits, there can be no denying it. And the violence probably gets more severe throughout the trilogy as a whole. But I decided to keep almost all of the grizzly bits in Torn because, with so much more at stake, it felt like much more horrible things would inevitably happen.

 

Tethers.coverThe parallel between the ending of Tethers and Torn is uncanny. Shona is a character who seems to take the burdens on herself, always for the greater good. She’s almost the most important character in the entire series. Did you always have that in mind when constructing her?

I’m so glad you asked that, Dan! Yes, Shona is pivotal to the series as a whole. Her character is interwoven with a recurring theme throughout the Trilogy, the nature of fate. It’s Shona that inadvertently gets Karl and Esther involved with the stones, and Shona that is battling so hard to steer events in a certain direction. You could argue that the whole series is about Shona trying to alter fate, and the endings in question are a definite result of that notion!

I wasn’t surprised to see your love of all things ‘Zombie’ get a nod or two in here. What do you think the reaction will be? Talk to us about where your love of that particular genre came from.

I do love zombies and zombie-like creatures, any story/game/film that has something to do with them in fact! I think it’s because we’re all afraid of death, and zombies embody that fear. I love seeing intelligent characters confronted with them, and to read all the amazing takes on the concept out there. I think my Z love actually came from videogames, a medium which I know you agree communicates some great stories.

Did anything change during your writing process for the last instalment of the series?

Just the speed of it really, I knew exactly what I wanted to happen, so I was able to get words down at a much faster rate.

Out of all the characters you’ve created in the trilogy, apart from Karl and Esther, who is your favourite and why?

I think Harland is probably my favourite of the supporting cast. He’s one of those rare people that will actually listen carefully to what younger people have to say, and he’s totally kick-ass too! I made sure that his influence is felt right through the trilogy, right to the final passage in fact.

How do you go about naming your characters? Do they come to Unwoven Cover - JCyou instantly? Take Ailig for example, the broad Scotsman.

I cannot express just how important I think naming a character is. A name should be a significant part of their character, and it should embody part of, if not all, of their personality and background. Some of the names in Tethers came very easily, like Karl Scheffer, which never changed, but some were a lot harder to get right. I spent hours searching through lists of popular names and surnames on the internet. Thankfully, there are scrupulous records of the most popular baby names for a given year and for given countries. I think my favourite names from the trilogy are Omorose, Laurent Dufor, Abigail Trilby (who is an extremely minor character annoyingly!) and, as you mentioned before, Ailig Dunn. There are a few I think I got wrong but I won’t mention those!

Esther seems to be unanimously well-loved. Did you ever think she would be as well received as she has been, especially after her internal troubles from Unwoven, where she became distant and mean?

I think Esther’s feistiness and compassion are the traits of hers which readers enjoy, but I put the poor girl through so much it’s no wonder she got a bit angry in Unwoven! I think it’s good to see that side of her though, and I hope people see that she tries hard to come back, especially once she realises how much Karl cares for her.

I have to ask, how do you feel about the criticisms of the last two novels in terms of length? Is there a specific reason for their being considerably shorter than Tethers?

I completely understand the criticisms Dan, they’re absolutely valid as part two and three are indeed much shorter than part one! I just decided to write until I was done, I realised pretty early in that I was heading for a lower word count, but, as I’d said pretty much all I wanted to, I just accepted it – possibly a mistake but I’m happy with the outcome!

Do you have any plans to release the trilogy as a whole book, or at least every individual book in the physical format?

There are currently no plans to release any of the books in paperback, but that could well change one day. Maybe a reprint/rerelease in future, but the series seems to have found an audience in the eBook market (and I’m immensely thankful for this), so that’s where Tethers feels most at home for now.

What would you say you’ve learnt over the course of writing a trilogy? It is so different from writing a standalone?

Hmm, difficult question. I think one important thing I’ve learned is how to stick to a proper story arc, where as I used to be a bit decedent and prone to going off on ridiculous tangents. Being forced to finish a trilogy and tie up loose ends has taught me how to do that! It’s definitely something I’m carrying over to my standalone work.

What’s next for you?

I’m having a little break at the moment, and then it’s on with the next book, Wye. Wye is a full length YA novel set in an end of civilisation England. I’m very excited about it because I think – at least writing wise – it’s the best thing I’ve ever come up with. I’m also working on a little surprise which will hopefully manifest itself sometime next year.

With having published the Tethers trilogy yourself, I think it is safe to say that you are a huge supporter of Indie authors. Would you consider traditional publishing?

Absolutely. Self-publishing has honestly changed my life and, quite frankly, got me through a very difficult time (I was struggling with my health). I was never adamant that I’d hit publish and the next week Tethers would have made me millions, but it was a much-needed adventure and experience that I’m keen to repeat, most likely with my little surprise next year! As for traditional publishing, I’m actually going to try and go through that process with Wye (easier said than done of course) but with all I’ve learned from the indie scene, I know I can give it a damn good shot.

Thanks so much for having me Dan!!

Jack tweets via @jackcroxall and has his own facebook page too

Torn is out now as ebook from Amazon UK or Amazon US

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Cover Reveal: Alterra by Zachary Bonelli

AlterraFrontCover_600x914I had the pleasure of reading this a while ago, months before the actual release date! And guess what? I loved it! Now, I’m really pleased to show you the cover too. Isn’t it fab? Alterra is Zachary Bonelli’s latest offering after Voyage: Embarkation, which I reviewed here. I also had the chance a while ago to chat to Zachary about his other novel Insomnium.

Alterra is a well thought out novel, full of important moral messages and ideologies that get the reader thinking and questions where their alliance may lie if in the same situation. And instead of having one protagonists, Alterra has three! All very different in their approach to life. I can’t wait for you to read it. Fans of Science Fiction and Contemporary Adventure will find something to enjoy here. Below, you can find the blurb:

Young  people  on  Alterra  must  choose.  After  they  complete  secondary  school,  they   enroll  either  in  University—a  life  of  science  and  mathematical  pursuits—or  Monastery—a   life  of  literature,  history  and  spiritual  depth.  

Initiate  Le  is  in  his  final  year  of  school.  All  his  life,  he  has  prepared  himself  for   University,  but  something  feels  wrong.  Neither  University  nor  Monastery  compel  him   forward.

One  night,  Le  discovers  a  young  man  from  his  school  sneaking  into  a  ‘zone,’  a   dangerous  area  where  nanotechnology  runs  rampant,  cordoned  off  from  the  rest  of  the  city.   Against  all  reason,  Le  follows  Initiate  Stok  inside.  What  he  discovers  will  change  him  and  his   world  forever.

Equal  parts  love  story,  military  adventure  and  social  philosophy, Alterra  is  the  story   of  three  young  men  striving  to  save  two  estranged  parallel  worlds  whose  only  hope  for   survival  is  to  rectify  the  ancient  schism  that  shattered  them.

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Alterra is released September 28th 2014

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A Weird Feeling

I have a few announcements for you before I begin today’s post. The first is that the wonderful and very gifted author Elizabeth Guizzetti reviewed Here Lies Love on her blog. She awarded it 5 stars! I’m so thankful Elizabeth found something to enjoy in my book! Elizabeth is an extremely talented author who loves science fiction – you should check out her debut Other Systems – a very well-thought out book indeed.

Marshalls Yard poster picI also got tortured quizzed by the lovely Sharon Atkinson about Here Lies Love, my inspiration behind the book as well as who I’d love to play Abbey – the main character in the book. You can check out the brilliant interview here.

And finally I had the opportunity to have a poster of Here Lies Love to be put up in my local area. I have included a snap here for you. If you do see any of my posters out and about, please share them with me :)

Oooh, I almost forgot too – today is the LAST DAY for the Flash Sale on the kindle version of Here Lies Love. Only 99p in the UK / $1.70 in the US. If you fancy getting it before it goes up to full price – you can do so here –> UK / US

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A Weird Feeling

I’m feeling quite strange at the moment. Well, to do with my writing anyway. Here Lies Love has been quite well received by the people who have read it so far and I’m doing some promotion for the release all over the place – so expect to see a lot of tweets and posts regarding those. But despite Here Lies Love relatively new in the world, I’m already moving on to the next project.

If you’ve read the above interview with Sharon Atkinson, then you’ll know what my next project is. With a working title of The Golden Lyre, it is the sequel to my teenage fantasy novel The Black Petal. As some of you already know, The Black Petal has been signed to Ghostly Publishing and is scheduled for an early 2015 release. In fact you can preorder the paperback now with free international shipping available!

But, is it me or is writing a sequel to something not even released weird? I’m feeling a little strange about it. I’m not sure why, and I can’t really explain it either. I’m OCD when it comes to planning my books and I’ve just finished the plan for The Golden Lyre and it’s twenty-two pages long! I already have the chapter titles worked out, each with bullet point sentences of what is happening in the chapter.

Wrting and planningIt’s taken me about four weeks actually to get to the end of my plan. I need to let thoughts air around in my head for a bit to see where I’m going to go with each step and if it is the right direction. But now as I’m about to get started with the writing, I still can’t shake the feeling that The Black Petal isn’t close to release yet and I’m already plotting the destinies of the characters that make up the book. And the strangest thing is, is that I can’t share any teasers with you or talk through things with other people because they haven’t read the first one yet! How can I clarify and test notions out if 99.9% of people won’t know the back story.

I’m not rushing myself though. I’m taking this write through of the first draft as it comes. I’m not making deadlines for myself. I just want to get the first draft finished and done and then we’ll see where we are at. I mean it is July now. I would like to have the first draft done before Christmas ideally, but if it isn’t then I’m not going to scold myself. The Golden Lyre is going to be a bigger book than The Black Petal and so I want to make sure everything slots into place. I’ll be exploring the bigger world within as well as introducing some new characters.

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I have been enjoying the research for this novel. Greek Myths are always a joy to re-familiarise myself with. I have made up a board on Pinterest and you can come and follow it with me if you like to see what possible things you could find inside the book when it is completed.

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Is Facebook advertising and marketing worth while?

Before I explore the subject of Facebook, I would like to share a few news items I think you’ll enjoy. Here Lies Love had a nice feature on Everything Books and Authors. I would like to express my thanks to Toni for sharing the info – she really is great! You can read the feature here.

Here Lies Love is also featured on Books Go Social, where you can read the very first page of the book to see whether or not you would enjoy it along with the links on where you can purchase the ebook.

I was so pleased to read a new 5* review too on the Amazon UK site. It said:

“This is a darker tale than I’m used to reading and an older audience than traditional YA, but that didn’t detract from the wonderful details of the setting and the compelling plight of protagonist, Abbey, whose world is fast caving in on her. While themes of revenge are plentiful and redemption seems like a very distant prospect in this world, the reader still wants Abbey to find some for herself and is rooting for her all the way through, even when the path she chooses seems a very bleak one.”

Which leads me on to the Flash Sale over on Amazon. On the UK site you can get the ebook for just 99p. Yes, 99p – that’s less than a cup of coffee, less than a magazine! With the great review above, what better to reason to add this to your kindle now before it returns to full price!

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Is Facebook advertising and marketing worth while?

FB logoYou can’t deny that Facebook has seemingly taken over the world in recent years. As a professional businessman or sole trader looking to target individual shoppers, Facebook offers a range of services to et your adverts or ‘boosted posts’ to the type of people who would be interested in what you have to offer.

I have used Facebook’s adverts before actually. They sent me a £25 coupon to use towards an advert campaign, and I thought – why not? It won’t cost me anything if I set my limit to the £25 they gave me for free. I used it to promote my Author Facebook Page in the hope that new readers would ‘like’ the page and therefore as a result grow my readership. For a two day campaign, I was so very pleased with the result. I gained an extra 60 ‘likes’ and for free, too!

However my enormous ear-to-ear smile slowly, but surely disappeared as day by day after the advert had finished, I started to lose ‘likes’. At first I thought that it was realistic to expect readers, or should that be facebookers? to ‘unlike’ me. I later learned the truth.

When a genuine, real life person ‘likes’ your page, their name and profile appear in your ‘likes’ section – namely when you press on. I’ve come to learn (by talking to fellow authors and business owners with Facebook pages) that Facebook fabricate likes. These don’t show up with the rest of the likers. Now for legal reasons I have to state that I don’t have evidence of this and cannot prove this to be the case. It is just my opinion.

Move on to my most recent campaign. It was a ‘Post Boost’. I posted that I was having a flash sale on Here Lies Love – just 99p on Amazon. Love dystopian fiction? Dark stories of revenge? And then continued to include the link.

Now if you’ve ever used the facebook promotion services, you can target a specific kind of audience. I specifically chose people in the UK only, who loved books, dystopian fiction, horror fiction and new-adult fiction. I was sure this would at least attract some attention and possibly give me a nice sales boost. Sadly, I was disappointed.

The charge for this was £24. And Facebook tells me the post was seen by over 35,000 people. And yet, when I checked my kindle sales for the 24 hours the post ran for, I sold a whopping one copy! Now of course, some of those 35,000 people may not have liked the sound of my book. Some may not be able to spare £0.99 until pay day or some later date. But surely, ten, twenty, thirty, fifty people may have taken the chance?

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I’m sure Facebook has its place in the marketing world. To get substantial increases in your book sales possibly isn’t one of them. I’ve got to admit that I was disappointed by the results. I don’t think I will be using Facebook again any time soon.

Or maybe I’ve done it wrong? Have you had any successful Facebook stories?

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Feature in The Gainsborough Standard

I’ve been extremely lucky with promotion in my local area. When I embarked on a short, but sweet library tour to promote my contemporary adult novel The Caseworker’s Memoirs, the local library put up posters, created leaflets and put up a stand with me on it! Completely overwhelming, let me tell you. I never imagined to see a large version of me staring back at myself – very weird.

In my local town Gainsborough, the local newspaper published weekly is The Gainsborough Standard, which has a rough circulation of around 3,500 copies sold. I’ve been interviewed in the newspaper a couple of times, and this last week I was featured again to publicise the release of Here Lies Love. After allowing the paper to circulate, I’ve now scanned in the article for your pleasure :)

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Remember guys, you can pick up an ebook copy of Here Lies Love over on Smashwords with 50% discount during their summer sale using code SSW50 at the checkout.

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