Self-promotion is not my thing
Since publishing my first novel, Ama, I have messed around with different ways to promote it, but self-promotion, it seems, is not my forte. Traditional advertising was a non-starter as it was too expensive (I blew my budget having my novel professionally edited and turned into an audiobook), I found Facebook and Twitter infuriating to say the least, and approaching reviewers with requests to ‘please read my book’ is not something I’m willing to do.
letting the grapevine do its thing
I know getting reviews is a major part of the game, but I’d rather people feel compelled to write a review because my stories provoke a natural response (good or bad), not because I’ve asked them to do so. So I’ve resigned myself to letting the old-school grapevine do its thing, while I do what I enjoy; making stuff up and writing it down. My ship may come in one day, until then I’m happy to sit on the beach.
Some cool feedback
I think Ama is doing well, for a first novel by an unknown writer. It’s getting some fantastic praise-filled reviews, and judging by the feedback via email it has seen the light of day in many far off places around the world. I’m still waiting for that email requesting the film rights though, but I’m sure it will come soon (Click here if you’re a filmmaker looking for a damn good horror story to turn into a movie).
Ama won a competition
Ama also won first place in a competition for the best opening of a self-published novel, which gave me a smile for days and an excuse (not that I need an excuse) to drink copious amounts of wine in celebration.
So what’s next?
I’m working on my next novel and the screenplay for Ama, I’m also making notes for four other novels and a couple of screenplays I’ve got rattling around within my chaotic brain … While also running this website and trying to hold down a full-time job … And … Some other stuff too, you know, that thing called life.
But it’s all good fun! Least that’s what I keep telling myself.