This is just a brief account of how I am trying to sell my crime thriller Rock’n’roll Suicide. Just a few weeks ago I hadn’t got a clue about Kindle, Smashwords or any other kind of E book self publishing. Then I went to a lunch and met Truda Thurai, who had published her own book, and also Rachael Hale, who is a keen blogger, and both of them advised me about Twitter, and the prospects of self publishing.
So I went ahead and did it. downloaded the guides for kindle and Smashwords, and loaded up my book according to their advice, coupled with the endless help of Martin Johnson, whom I happened to meet on Twitter. Martin told me what to download and how to do things, and I did it. And it seemed to work.
Now is the hard part, trying to sell my book. You’re supposed to tweet little adverts for it, but not too much, or you bore people. You’re supposed to retweet other people, which I’m glad to do, but recently discovered I’m doing it too much, maybe boring people with a raft of retweets.
And now I’m starting my first blog. Terry Tyler is another Twitter friend who is helping me too, kindly giving me lots of advice.
But it feels a bit like being outside in a freezing wind without a coat, and everyone else wrapped up warm. It’s all very strange, very alien. But the only way to combat it is to have a go.
So this is my first blog.