Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Just a catch-up

I don't really have much to say at the moment: I'm a bit caught up in finishing editing novel 3. Then it'll be back on the agent-rejection-try-again cycle. Self-publishing is easy - until it comes to the marketing, promotion and sales, which is why I still want to go the 'proper' route. Having an agent/publisher also says that someone believes in you, thinks what you have written is worthwhile. And even though friends and other readers may say that, unfortunately it doesn't get you onto the shelf in WH Smith in airports.

It's not about making money but it is about selling books. Being a best-seller. Big sigh. I can dream.

So this morning, I was planning my sequel to novel 3, and just below the blurb on the back it says, 'the follow-up to the best-selling (whatever I eventually decide to call it)'. How cool would that be?

So, in the meantime, here are a couple of miscellaneous photos:
Looking across Swansea bay from Clyne Gardens today

Mr & Mrs Mandarin Duck in Windsor Great Park on Friday


Anonymous said...

Hi Liz,

Have you tried Goodreads.com as a way of promoting your novel? It's like a social network for readers and a really easy way to drum up interest. For to-be-published books and those up to 6 months old, you can run a giveaway for free. Most gain several hundred entries, as well as lots of people adding your book to their 'to read' list - which, of course, others will see, and again when they read and finish it. Reviews can be left too.

Hope this helps.

Liz said...

Thanks, anonymous. I'd seen Goodreads but had no idea I could add my novel to it. That's really helpful.

Furtheron said...

The dream is good. However the problem is today it is all too often they only pick the same old same old so new people need a miracle to get in

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

I loved your first novel ,, and if I could add it too goodreads, I would .. I can hardly write a blog, let alone a book :-)

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Hi Liz , see link on Facebook comment I left you x

Anonymous said...

One tactic employed by lots of new authors is to split longer novels into smaller parts. This means you can release Part 1 (still priced at $2.99 or so) to see how it is received. If well, you've got lots of people hooked for Part / Episode 2. If not, you haven't invested tons of time before finding out how it will be received.

NitWit1 said...

I will be waiting for this novel; I enjoyed the last one so much, which I thought was first one. Have I missed one? I thought you had removed Captcha ( the squiggly hard to read stuff before we post.

Liz said...

This is true, furtheron.

Thanks for that, anne. I'll have to see about getting a photo up, maybe later today if I have time.

Interesting idea, anonymous.

I brought captcha back, nitwit, because lots of spammers ere getting through.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

All the best with the book, Liz. I'm sorry I didn't get over to wish you a happy Easter but I am going through a very difficult time at the moment.xx