One of the down sides of being a writer with published books is marketing. For me, marketing is like diving into the ocean when a 6 metre white pointer has been seen not far off shore.
At least it is for me.
I met my current guest a number of years ago – not many months after we had both decided to move into independent writing and publishing. We connected because at that time, there weren’t a lot of Australians treading the independent path and the friendship has seen much laughter and happiness as we share in each other’s successes.
The first two books of The Chronicles of Eirie have just had a re-brand. Originally published in 2008 in print, they were released as e-books in 2010. As the Chronicles continued to expand to include four books, it became obvious they needed to be re-branded as a series.
Today the postman arrived with a huge sack.
Sent by the publisher for me to use for giveaways etc.
The proof copy of A Thousand Glass Flowers.
Both books should be available through all good bookstores in about 14 days.
The silver medal from the Readers’ Favorite’s Book Awards 2012 arrived in the mail yesterday! The REAL THING!!
It’s heavy, it’s on a grosgrain ribbon which spookily are my own nation’s national colours. I hung it round my neck and it sat more perfectly than a diamond necklace. I feel very honoured and have to say that this is the apogee of my writing life.
I would like to announce that A Thousand Glass Flowers (US purchase link, UK below) has just won a silver medallion in the 2012 Readers’ Favourite Book Awards.
Initially, to gauge finalists, the submitted novels are read by volunteer reviewers. If a novel is fortunate enough to reach the finalist stage, professionals within the industry then take over and the novels are read by judges drawn from the fields of publishing, agencies, editors, professors of english literature and/or creative writing and so on. So the books are very heavily marked for their quality.