Tweeting and retweeting and generally tinkering about seems to take an awful long time, and there’s the lurking feeling that it’s frittering away the day, when I should be actually doing something productive.
And yet there are always things to finish off and check and recheck. And I feel I need to be polite, thank people individually for following me, and also for the RTs.
What strikes me most about the world of Twitter is the vast size of it. So many people in so many different rooms around the world are tapping away at computers, writing their books, tweeting about them, reading other people’s work and so on, it’s hard to think of the scale of it all.
For about a year I have been planning to re-floor my two downstairs rooms, and this last week I finally did it, and it’s extremely nice not to have to walk on bare boards for a change – my cats certainly appreciate it.
As for Twitter and book marketing, Martin Johnson has been helping me a lot . Since I write articles for Kent Life magazine, when I realised he lived in Tunbridge Wells, Kent (England) he gave me a really good interview for the magazine, giving a writer’s insight into Tunbridge Wells. Not so strange that a fine writer has settled near the town he’s following a long tradition: Thackeray (who wrote Vanity Fair) lived in what is now a Michelin starred restaurant overlooking a particularly green part of Tunbridge Wells, what’s more Tunbridge Wells provides plenty of scope for a writer’s imagination. A while ago I came across a fantastically talented stained glass artists, Stoney Parsons, who lives just outside Tunbridge Wells, and the well-known actress Louise Jameson (Bergerac, Dr Who and Doc Martin) lives there too. The town is truly a Mecca for creative people.
It has always struck me in life that it’s nearly always impossible to repay those who have actually helped you. You can try, but in practise all you can usually do is help other people, who, in turn, cannot pay you back. I think that the best way to look at things is to accept help with thanks when it is offered, and help anyone else you can, whenever and wherever you can.
Darcia Helle kindly reviewed my book for Smashwords , as did a couple of other people on Amazon, so that is a good start. I seem to have sold 13 copies on Amazon and 5 on Smash words. I’ve tried the ‘clopouon’ method for Smashwords, where you’re allowed to sell it free for a limited period, and it does seem to work. Darcia recommended my book for Goodreads, and I have next to look into Goodreads.
And I had the pleasure of writing a revue for Maria Savva’s Haunted, a thriller about a repentant murderer, a chilling insight into his ghastly frame of mind and his descent into madness.
So to thank my twitter friends, who all have wonderful blogs and have been helping me so much during the past weeks:
All of whom have shone powerful spotlights into the arcane and murky world of Twitter.