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NATASHA MURRAY

AUTHOR, PLAYWRITE, DESIGNER, BLOGGER AND FOUNDER OF THE UK SOUTHERN BOOK SHOW

By nmurray, Jan 22 2020 10:50AM

Hi Ray, it is great to have you on my blog today. I have a few questions for you.



1. What made you want to write a book?


I used to teach junior high language arts, and it seemed at that time there weren't enough books written with teen-age boys in mind. In those days I rode my bike on the Illinois Prairie Path, a former light rail right-of-way turned into recreational trail.


I made up a story of the Ghost of Jamie McVay to entertain my sons. They enjoyed the story, so I tried it out on my students. When they responded positively, I thought I'd work the ghost story into a coming-of-age tale of a teenager trying to fit in, making new friends, and dealing bullies and problems at home.


2. Tell us about you and where you live.


Like my main character, I grew up on the south side of Chicago. I'm at home now in the setting of my book: a far western suburb of Chicago, a neighborhood partly rural in nature, criss-crossed with bike trails, but at the same time a developing area with small-town roots and legends, modern attitudes, and hopes for the future. Where I live, the front of the house looks out on a typical suburban cul de sac, but out back is a pond, woods and riverbank frequented by typical Midwestern wildlife. It's a private, quiet place to write.


3. What have you written and what are you working on now?


The Ghost of Jamie McVay was my first published novel, but I write poetry and short stories, too. Right now I am writing a literary fiction novel based to a great extent on my own youth on the south side of Chicago in the 1960s. It concerns the adventures and coming of age of three friends in a place and time of change.


4. How do you market your books and do your promotion methods work?


I have modest success selling my book in person at local author fairs and literary festivals. Circumstances prevented me from getting many online reviews, though, so I am presently focused on requesting reviews from bloggers and critics, with hopes of engaging more readers and reviewers.


5. Where can readers find your book for sale?


The Ghost of Jamie McVay is for sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com. I am happy to have it on the shelves of a few book stores in Chicago's west suburbs, too.


Brian Krueger has a lot of problems: The death of his grandfather and his father’s alcoholism have led to hard times and a move to a new town, where his nearest neighbor is a pyromaniac and a bully. Brian runs to escape his troubles, but it’s on the gravel jogging path that he encounters the ghost of Jamie McVay.

Brian and his new friend, Sharon, investigate the ghost’s origins. Clue by clue, secrets are revealed as the teens discover the truth behind Jamie McVay’s quest for redemption. Along the way they must deal with teen issues such as school, sports, friends and rivals. Brian also struggles to reconcile with his father, while facing dangerous Pete the Pyro..

Can Brian and Sharon prevent catastrophe on Halloween night? Will the ghost of Jamie McVay find peace for his unquiet soul?


Thank you so much for talking today.


Wishing you all the best


Natasha :)


If you would like a copy of Ray's book then please visit Amazon via this link

https://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Jamie-McVay-R-Ziemer-ebook/dp/B07P7YRBT



By nmurray, Jan 8 2020 10:24AM

Happy New Year Michael and welcome to my blog. Please let everyone know about your journey as a writer and about your great sci-fi books.



What made you want to write a book?


When I was young I loved to read. It opened up a new world for me. A friend lent me some of the books he was reading and introduced me to writers like Kurt Vonnegut and Robert Heinlein. Back then we both said we would write our own books. He went on to have a successful career in writing and I took a more roundabout way. I started writing short stories when the editor of Amazing Stories was kind enough to critique my work. I then got the idea for my first novel, “Subroutine: Heaven”.


Tell us about you and where you live.


My first place, like many young people was a cheap one room apartment. From there I moved upward until I eventually took over my deceased parents property. Unfortunately this was too much for me to handle, being single, so I wound up selling that and bought a small trailer in a nice neighborhood a few miles outside Atlantic City, N.J.


After working a few years at several jobs from developing film to selling tires I wound up on disability from vision problems. Before this I was an electronics technician and assembler. Not having to work gave me the opportunity to return to writing which I had put aside for a number of reasons. Now I am trying to promote and sell several novels which can be seen at www.transporterbooks.com


What have you written and what are you working on now?


My first novel was published in the 1990s. It was titled “Subroutine: Heaven” and was about an android that short circuits and finds he has become a ghost. When I first wrote it, I sent it out in armature competition where it got honorable mention and was told the characters were well developed and the writing style was similar to Kurt Vonnegut. Afterwards, I tried something more serious and tried my hand at writing horror. These weren't as terrifying as they were entertaining, mostly centering around ghosts. Next I decided to try some science fiction again with a cyber sci-fi/thriller. Now I'm nearing the end of a first draft of a sci-fi novel based on the speculations of ancient aliens visiting Earth.


How do you market your books and do your promotion methods work?


That a good question. When “Subroutine: Haven” was released it was published by a small ebook company in California. The internet was still in its infancy back then and there weren't as many online publishers. This company had a limited amount of titles and had already established a customer base. What I did on my part was get in touch with my high school yearbook and several others and took out ads in the back. I also went to Philadelphia and began distributing business cards in the college sections of town and on South Street, a popular gathering place for the young. Something was working. Every time I got a report about my sales from the publisher the numbers were doubling. This went on for a while until the company had to fold because at that time the internet was changing its technology almost every six months and couldn't keep up. Unfortunately, that and some personal tragedies caused me to set my writing aside for a while. As for now, I'm trying to go the usual routs, trying to find reviewer's blogs, setting up social media pages, add sharing on my website. I think I might start another business card campaign sometime soon.


Where can our reader find your book for sale?


Right now, almost all my titles are available at www.transporterbooks.com. There they can be looked at, people can ask questions, or read my bio. I said almost all my titles are available. There are several I've written that need a final edit and a half a dozen crude first drafts. Soon I'll have “Subroutine: Heaven” on the list in the catalog. Over the years my personal copies were destroyed in a fire and I had to get a copy from the Copyright Office, but it was a hard copy and I have to digitize it first.


It was lovely to hear your life story Michael, it just shows everyone that if they have the writing gene in them, then they should never give up creating. There are millions of readers out there wanting a great book to read. It is just a question of finding them.


All the best for 2020


Natasha :)

By nmurray, Jan 2 2020 01:53PM

Hi Phil, Happy New Year. Authors are always looking for new ways to sell their books and your ideas are bound to help others :) Thank you for sharing your book marketing and promotion tactics:


If you’ve exhausted all the usual ways to promote your books—having a pro-looking website, presenting an energetic social media presence, taking part in blog tours, seeking reviews, giving talks to civic and writers’ groups, doing traditional signings, and so on, here are three easy low-cost ideas that have worked well for me and can be effective for you, too.

One: Libraries are of course big book buyers. My four-novel suspense series is set in North Carolina, so I downloaded a list of NC libraries with addresses and librarian names, used my Publisher program to make up an attractive 5” x 7” postcard with color thumbnails of the titles, a few condensed reviews, and a brief appeal, had 100 of them printed on glossy stock at a local graphics shop for minimal cost, and mailed them all over the state.

If you aren’t comfortable with creating graphics, you could instead compose a brief but appealing one-page letter to do the same job. Include a thumbnail of your book cover near the top.


My local library, for example, has 10 of my books in circulation through its branches, each one helping to spread my name and serving as a no-cost ongoing ad to multiple targeted readers, and some of them will buy new offerings in the series.


Two: Another good way to target readers is through book exchanges. Country Inns, for example, have small libraries in their hotels. The books are each labeled with the company logo and a note to take the book, enjoy it, and return it to some other hotel in the chain down the road. I downloaded a list of such hotels in NC and adjacent states, selected those close to beaches or other attractions where vacationing guests are most likely to be looking for leisure reads, and sent each hotel a free signed book at low media postal rates, asking each manager by name to please include it in their library, again serving as ongoing comparatively low-cost advertising to multiple readers, prompting them to buy other books in the series.


Another little-known book exchange network exits in marinas everywhere. Many retired or vacationing boaters are readers, and they often like to borrow a book and leave a book at a marina exchange. I’ve either left free signed books in my travels, with brief notes inside to please pass them on, or mailed books to marina managers by name. You could add a note at the end of each book asking for an Amazon review.


Three: One of the most effective promotions I’ve done is to set up my own unusual outlets. Much of the action in my series takes place in the western North Carolina mountains. A popular independent restaurant there for residents and tourists has a tiny gift shop attached. Several years ago, I talked the owner into trying a few of my novels. She had not stocked any books at all and was initially reluctant, but I promised her a money-back deal for any that did not sell and provided a free stand-up 8½” x 11” display, which I created on my computer. (Clear plastic stands are available at office supply stores and online.) She and members of her staff liked the books, so they began recommending them to guests.


When she places an order, I in turn order books from Amazon at my generous author discount, sign them, and send them on to her at low media postal rates. To date, she has sold over 600 books and we’ve both made a nice profit. The big benefit here is my novels have only minimal competition among just a few titles by other regional authors she has since included. Other mountain outlets I’ve set up include a gift shop offering high quality Cherokee art and craft items, also with little competition from other books and with enthusiastic help from store personnel.


In my eastern NC hometown, a productive outlet has been an old-time hardware/general store that’s a popular stop for tourists. I supplied a free promotional display, and again I’m up against only minimal competition.


Other unlikely but lucrative outlets have been regional farm-and-craft markets. I can rent a space with a table in my hometown market for just ten dollars a day, and the browsing traffic is heavy, especially during tourist season. To make my titles pop, I invested in a black tablecloth and skirt from a party supply. I create my own promotional displays. It’s an enjoyable and profitable way to spend a Saturday. I’ve developed a simple brief, cordial spiel that begins with, “Do you like to read suspense?” If the answer is yes, I hand them a book and let them read the cover blub. Often enough, they’ll buy. I then invite each buyer to provide an e-mail address in a notebook on my table for future book announcements.

You’ve been creative in crafting your work. Be creative in promoting and marketing it.


NOTE: Phil Bowie is a lifelong freelancer. He's sold 300 articles and short stories over the years to magazines including The Saturday Evening Post, Reader’s Digest, Harper’s, Heartland USA, and others. He has four suspense novels out in a series endorsed by top authors Lee Child, Ridley Pearson, and Stephen Coonts. The debut in that series earned honorable mention at the London Book Festival among hundreds of contenders.

He also has a collection of short stories out including several previously published in magazines and an award winner begun by Stephen King.

Phil is an instrument-rated pilot, a motorcycle rider, a licensed boat captain, an inventor, a fiddler, and an amateur astronomy buff. More about him at www.philbowie.com


In his new stand-alone suspense novel Killing Ground, part-Cherokee corporate pilot Zeke Blades learns that his friend and former flight instructor Ben Stone has gone missing while flying humanitarian missions for Global Health Resources in Africa.

Zeke travels to Tanzania in search of Ben. He meets enigmatic beauty Liana Sekibo and a small cadre of anti-poaching vigilantes known as the Mambas.


He soon becomes embroiled in a lethal fight against a vicious poaching gang that channels profits from illegal ivory to al-Isra, an army of jihadis plotting to take over Uganda.


The Amazon link for print or Kindle is: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1079131795


All the best for 2020


Natasha :)


By nmurray, Dec 29 2019 11:39AM

Wayne recently retired from a 40+ year career in IT, mainly as a programmer and developer. The field changes rapidly, to say the least. Now is Wayne's chance to move in new directions. One of those new directions is writing and publishing fiction.



Hello Wayne, welcome to my blog. Please let everyone know about your writing journey.


1. What made you want to write a book?


I have read LOT of fiction over the years. It got to the point where I was giving the author points for style and watching for small mistakes. I decided that I should try my hand at writing, as well as reading. And some of the fiction I have read was fairly bad, and I needed to see if I could do better.

2. Tell us about you and where you live.


I live in Springfield, IL, retired after 40+years working in IT. Now that I am retired I have time to devote to writing. Even though I "am not working" I still find that I do not have infinite time, so it does take discipline to get something done.


3. What have you written and what are you working on now?


The Two Hands of The King is a fantasy, sword and sorcery. I tried to keep the tone from being overly dark in spite of the fact that the heroes are battling "Dark Ones". I have a sequel started but I have decided to devote time to promoting The Two Hands of The King.


Previously I have written a Sci-Fi / Fantasy combo book, a time travel tale and a sort of spoof about a race of space-faring horses that make First Contact with us. So I have tried some different things.


4. How do you market your books and do your promotion methods work?


Right now I am trying to get reviews for The Two Hands of The King. To do this I am contacting a boatload of book review bloggers and asking nicely if they would review my book. A few have agreed to do this, but it takes a while for the reviews to come though. Is all this working? Ask me in 6 months or a year.


5. Where can readers find your book for sale?


Only 99 cents on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Two-Hands-King-Wayne-McKinstry-ebook/dp/B081THJFW7


Also check out my website for a free copy of my time-travel adventure.

http://www.waynemckinstry.com/



Sir Donald and Lord Overton are bitter rivals for the favor of King Phillip deRoyale. But now their world is threatened by evil creatures, who intend to make this world their own. Now the two rivals will be tested like never before when their King orders them to work together to deal with this new enemy. Can these rivals work together? They will have help from Prince Luke, who is the third son of King DeRoyale. Also they will work with a Witch and Wizard who have to sort out their romantic feelings while saving the world.


Thank you so much for joining me today and I hope you have a great 2020.


Natasha :)



By nmurray, Dec 21 2019 11:35AM


Hello Nina, thank you so much for joining me today on my blog. Please let everyone know about your writing carerr and you new book due out in the New Year 'Messages from Meatron - a course in self-transformation'


1. What made you want to write a book?--I've published 6 books; my last book was my autobiography, a powerful story of comeback entitled, "Once The Storm Is Over: From Grieving to Healing After The Suicide of My Daughter" (Big Table Publishing, 2015).


Shortly after that book's publication, I was taking my dog for a walk when I distinctly heard my daughter's voice (the one who had died). It startled me so much that I came to a complete stop. All she said was: "Listen for the voice." I had no idea what voice she was talking about, but I promised her that day that I'd be listening. It was several months later, in the middle of the night, that I was awoken by the voice of Archangel Metatron thundering in my head and He was dictating a message. I stumbled out of bed, sat down at my desk and began to write. This exact pattern of waking out of a sound sleep to take dictation continued on and off for the next 3 years. Occasionally the messages came during the day, but mostly in the dead of night. I was working full time then with clients so I didn't have much time to channel during the day, which is why His messages were delivered at night. The word "angel" is translated as "messenger" and angles, especially Archangels, are characterized as the ones who bring messages from Heaven, in the Bible and many other religious texts. In fact, every religion believes in angels (though they may call them by different names). In those 3 years I wrote down 30 messages, each quite lengthy. When Metatron's messages were complete, I added a study guide so that individuals or groups can study what they have learned and incorporate the lessons into their own lives.


I understand that there are many people who do not believe in angels, nor that angels can communicate with us, but I respectfully disagree. Throughout history, cultures around the globe have received angelic messages of hope, and many people feel they have been the recipient of an angelic intervention or visit. In fact, the majority of Americans believe in the reality of angels. I'm not trying to convince anybody - but I ask that people approach the subject of angels with an open mind. There is more about the universe that we do not know than what we do know, and science can confirm that. "Facts" are always in the process of revision as new scientific breakthroughs are made. While it's fine to be a skeptic (we should listen to science), we should also try and keep an open mind, especially about matters of the afterlife that we know so little about. This book sheds light on not only what happens in the afterlife and what we can expect, but also on what our purpose is in life.


2. Tell us about you and where you live.- I live in the Sedona, AZ area in the USA. It's a breathtakingly beautiful part of the American Southwest known for its gigantic red rock formations. It also happens to be the sunniest place in the USA.


3. What have you written and what are you working on now? - I've written my autobiography (Once The Storm Is Over), and since I have a degree in mental health counseling I wrote a book on recovery from addictions, eating disorders and OCD (Never Enough: A Recovery Workbook) as well as a treatment manual for Borderline Personality Disorder (Challenges, Consequences, and Commitment Therapy: (CCCT) for Borderline Personality Disorder). I've also written a poetry trilogy. My next book is a sequel to Messages From Metatron entitled, "Ten Angels Teach You How to Live an Inspired Life."


4. How do you market your books and do your promotion methods work? - Like most indie authors, I'm a one-woman show, so it's up to me whether a book succeeds or fails. I consider a book a success when it gets good reviews (overall), and when it gets media attention. I believe that any media is good media. Even if your book is controversial (some people like it, some don't), it's successful if it is garnering attention and sales. My marketing method is to keep writing (you should always have a book waiting in the wings), and to ask, ask ask to be the guest on podcasts, the subject of Author Interviews, and to garner as many honest reviews from bloggers and professional reviewers as possible. If your book wins a literary award or a special distinction, make the most of that by posting it on social media. Social media is the main way to spread the word about a book, and I suggest the author pick no more than 2 social media platforms, because managing even 2 is a big job.


5. Where can readers find your book for sale? - Exclusively on Amazon.com being distributed worldwide.



Messages From Metatron is available in January 2020.


Thank you Nina for sharing your author's life and books with everyone. Your new book looks facinating and I look forward to reading it.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


Natasha :)x







By nmurray, Dec 8 2019 06:35PM

Welcome to my blog Sarah and thank you for taking the time to talk about your new book and how you plan to market and promote 'Number Eight Crispy Chicken'.



1. What made you want to write a book?


My debut novel, Number Eight Crispy Chicken is a literary, satirical work which chronicles the misadventures of an immigration minister who winds up trapped in a foreign airport. I was inspired to write this strange tale after missing a flight and spending 24 hours trapped in an airport myself... with nothing but number eight crispy chicken burgers to eat!


Every meal was the same, and pretty soon, I felt as if I were trapped in some alternate reality, in which time kept repeating itself. I started writing out of frustration at the absurdity of my situation. But then I started thinking: what character could I put in this situation? Who could best learn from a setting like this? And that's when I hit upon the idea of an immigration minister who has made a career out of locking up asylum seekers finding himself trapped in a foreign airport.

Number Eight Crispy Chicken is intended to draw new people in to the discussion about immigration and the right to seek asylum through the use of humour and empathy.


2. Tell us about you and where you live.


I grew up in rural Australia, where, I liked to joke, our closest neighbours were cows! I moved to the city to study, and after a career as a linguist, left my job to travel the world with my husband. My research on language and culture, combined with my travels has inspired my writing on topics of cross-cultural misunderstandings, borders, and immigration.

3. What have you written and what are you working on now?


Before Number Eight Crispy Chicken, I mainly wrote non-fiction works on intercultural communication, bilingualism, and online interaction.

At the moment, I'm working on a novel which will examine the fine line between advertising and propaganda, and how words and art are used to persuade and manipulate us all.


4. How do you market your books and do your promotion methods work?


My sincere hope is for my books to inspire conversations about important issues - and as such, I'm doing my best to market them! I am using many of the ideas you suggest (http://www.nmurray.moonfruit.com/promotion-ideas/4553417645)


Readers can find out more about me and my books on my website (sarahneofield.com), where I also have a video book trailer and a blog where I write about publishing and creativity. Additionally, I have a Facebook page (facebook.com/sarahneofieldauthor) and am active on various social media (@sarahneofield on both Twitter and Instagram) and Goodreads. You can also join my mailing list at sarahneofield.com/newsletter for updates and giveaways.


As for how well these promotion methods work - I will have to wait and see! Number Eight Crispy Chicken will be released on 20 January, 2020!


5. Where can readers find your book for sale?


Number Eight Crispy Chicken is currently available for preorder on Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords, and will be available for purchase on Amazon on the release date, 20 January 2020! Subscribe to my newsletter for a reminder.



Number Eight Crispy Chicken: A hilarious and powerful literary satire

The Immigration Minister has been detained...

Audience: mainstream adult

Publication date: 20 January 2020

Length: 232 pages (approx. 77,000 words)


Author bio: Sarah Neofield grew up in regional South Australia before living in Japan for a year. Always fascinated by language, she completed a PhD in applied linguistics in 2010. She has written extensively on the topics of intercultural communication, how we communicate online, and language learning.


At the age of 30, Sarah resigned from her position as a university lecturer to travel, and since has visited over 60 countries. She blogs about the connection between language, money, and social justice at enrichmentality.com, and about reading, writing, and creativity at sarahneofield.com


Social media: Instagram/Twitter: @sarahneofield

Book trailer and sample chapters: http://www.sarahneofield.com/books/

Media kit: https://www.sarahneofield.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/MediaKit_SarahNeofield_NumberEightCrispyChicken.pdf


Many thanks Sarah, I look forward to reading your new book and wish you all the best for the New Year


Merry Christmas by the way :)


Natasha x


By nmurray, Nov 21 2019 03:29PM

As we approach 2020, many authors will be looking back on their book creation and promotion journey with a mixture of delight and disappointment. It has to be said, that it is the best feeling in the world to write, complete and publish a book but the promotion of and the lack of sales, can leave authors reeling.

If you have, like myself, tried every method of promotion, trending book rescue plans and faced your fears and been to book signings and still have not achieved sales to cover your costs, then you are not alone. Nearly every writing group post I have read, shows me clearly the disillusionment authors suffer after publishing. More annoyingly, there are many people willing to point a finger at you and tell you that your efforts to advertise are not enough or will laugh at your naivety.

The path to promoting a book is constantly changing and so much time can be wasted researching the correct marketing method. The truth is, that not all authors are business minded and we have precious little time to write, let alone tackle the marketing side of things.


For those of you that are traditionally published with a proactive publisher that will contact their reviewers, get your book on the shelves of the big bookshops and arrange, interviews and signings for you, then you have a fighting chance of making sales. For those of us that use smaller publishers or self-publish, then it is up to us to get reviews and to promote our books to readers – no easy matter.


So who is reading and what books do they read?

Just over half of the UK population read a book last year. People are still reading and an increasing number of people are listening to audio books. Book reading is on the increase – hooray! According to Stephanywrites.com, this is how the market is divided in 2019. Many of us will be writing for a niche market so our struggle to succeed will be even more challenging. There is hope though!

After several years of experimenting with book promotion and living with a constant headache about it all, I have come to the conclusion that I must not let myself get too upset about having no or very few sales. I know my books are great, even if I say it myself, and what makes me happiest is writing and releasing my books to the world with the hope that the next book will be the one! Having tried nearly every sales tactic with no sales, I have a simple marketing plan for 2020 – this might work for you too.


My book promotion plan for 2020 for each book you publish


1. Your book’s description - Make sure your book’s description is no more than 250 words long and does not give the plot away. The first line of your description needs to be a ‘shout out’ line that will draw the reader into reading more about a book. For example my paranormal fantasy ‘Chanctonbury’ my shout out line is:


‘Would you like the Devil to grant you your dearest wish? If you could change the past or your future – would you? Six troubled souls meet at the Chanctonbury Ring and are forced to fight their demons!


"Absolutely Remarkable" Amy's Bookshelf Reviews


More…’


As you can see I have also included a quote from a reviewer. The reader should click on More… to find out about the book and if they get that far, should buy the book if the reviews are good.


2. Book Catagories - Make sure your books are placed in catagories that are not too general. For example. I write science fiction and my book 3004 is currently listed under First Contact, Colonisation and Metaphysical Science Fiction

Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,636 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

#15 in First Contact Science Fiction eBooks

#7 in Colonisation Science Fiction eBooks

#13 in Metaphysical Science Fiction eBooks


If 3004 was just in the Science Fiction category , then my book would be lost. Another reason 3004 is doing so well, is because it is FREE. 3004 is one of my readers’ magnet. Around 2000 copies have been downloaded but nobody has left me a review or gone on to buy 3006 despite there being advertisements at the end of the book. I will have to have another look at my last page and make it easier for people to leave reviews.


3. A subscription list - Create or grow a subscription list of raving fans by offering readers a ‘magnet’ which could be a free book, an article about something that would interest a reader or a monthly newsletter. I use Mailchimp to store my subscriber’s email addresses and to send out my freebies. Mailchimp’s basic package is free and quite easy to use.

Find out more here https://mailchimp.com/why-mailchimp.


You can join my subscription list from my website www.nmurray.moonfruit.com but even with enticing magnets, I do find that readers are reluctant to sign up. I have around 300 subscribers and only a handful of them respond to my emails. I obviously need to find a better magnet to grow the list and find a way to keep my fans engaged. The larger the list, the more likely fans will actually buy and review your books. This is something I need to work on in 2020.


4. Amazon reviews – 50+ reviews is what you need to achieve before Amazon will organically expose your book to the viewing public. This is an essential requirement as then you can see if your book is worth promoting. Make sure you have a review request and Amazon link at the end of your book to ask your reader to leave you a review on Amazon.


You cannot ask friends and family to leave a review on Amazon as this is against their rules. You can offer your book for free to reviewers in exchange for an honest Amazon review. There are quite a few lists of reviewers online but you need to look at each one to make sure they review your genre and you need to write an individual email to them asking for a review.


It has to be said, for every 200 emails you send out to reviewers you will probably hear back from about 5 and it can take months to get a review! Exasperating I know!


I have been looking for a service that will find reviewers for you and came across BookSirens where the reviewers will leave an Amazon friendly review. There is a $10 admin fee and if anyone downloads your book $2 is charged. You have a 75% chance of getting a review. I plan to use BookSirens for my first Jack Solar Journal as I have no reviews for this book and am due to publish the next in the series in February. Children’s books are notoriously difficult to get reviews for. Check out this site for yourself https://booksirens.com/authors


I have just created a Facebook group ‘Book Review Genie’ to help authors to get reviews. Initially I was hoping that authors would list their review requests on the page and then pick an unknown author from the review requests left, review a book and leave a review on Amazon. Although this would have been an Amazon friendly way of getting reviews, this format did not sit well with some. I also had a few reviewers ask me if they could join the group so with this in mind, Book Review Genie is open to authors and reviewers. You are welcome to join the group, leave a review request and are under no obligation to review a book yourself. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2393225134340972/


5. If you are having trouble getting signings in bookshops, then go to book shows/fairs/festivals and sell and sign your books there. It is unlikely that you will cover your costs but there is no better feeling than actually signing and selling a book to a real person. The other benefit of going to a book show is that you meet other authors who are willing to share with you their book promotion journey. You can also organise your own book shows in your local area. If you want to know where you can find where all the book shows are being held, then Kevin Parker sends out a newsletter listing most of the Literary Festivals in the UK. You can sign up for this here: www.literaryfestivals.co.uk


I organise the UK Southern Book Show which is held on the South Coast each year - around 50 authors from across the UK come to the show, give talks, readings and of course sell and sign their books. The next show is on Saturday 4 July 2020 at the Stage by the Sea, Littlehampton, 9:00am-3pm.



I believe that on 4 July, the weather is likely to be warm and it being a Saturday in the summer, lots of coaches come down from London and stop at the end of Banjo Road, bringing large groups of people that will have to walk by the book show, on their way to the sea. The show will also appear in Littlehampton’s ‘What’s on Guide’ so local people will know of the show’s dates and will be visiting the sea as the weather will be glorious anyway. I of course go into a social media frenzy two months before the show and post daily on social media. I cannot guarantee how many people will attend but I think that more people will be interested in visiting an outdoor festival style event rather than going into a building. We shall see.


If you are interested in taking part then find out more and sign up here: http://tinyurl.com/vvjp6qc


6. Once you have your 50+ reviews then it is time to start paying for advertising if your book has an average of 3+ or more stars on Amazon. My plan is to pay for Sponsored Amazon ads, Bookbub ads and possibly Facebook ads.


I just love writing and reading, I find these literary pursuits therapeutic and satisfying. It is a chance to escape the real world, and join or shape a parallel universe. I have read that the best way to be a successful writer is to keep writing and keep publishing. That is my plan.


Eventually, I am sure that your dreams will come true :).


How is your book promotional journey shaping up? Please leave a comment and let everyone know how you are doing and if you found my article of interest.


Natasha :)






By nmurray, Oct 31 2019 10:42AM

Hi Martin, I am so glad that you can be with me today. Please let everyone know about your writing journey and about your wonderful books.



1. What made you want to write a book?


I think it's important to have one or several hobbies to focus on. I have always liked writing but in the past, I probably spent more time playing video games than I did writing. When I set out to write my first novel back in 2013 I had high hopes like I guess most authors do. Unfortunately, reality struck me and I did not have any success. Six years later I think that I have improved my writing alas no successes. I think this important for most writers to write because they enjoy it. Only a small percentage becomes successful, but I think the Internet has enabled us to at least get some writers for our works.

2. Tell us about you and where you live.


I am 34 years old and living in Sydney Australia. I am originally from Sweden and I moved here eight years ago. I work as a waiter and a sports referee. I also occasionally do some acting and background extras. I enjoy travelling, exercise, hiking and eating.


3. What have you written and what are you working on now?


I have written James Locker (Psychological Thriller) The Divine Zetan Trilogy (Sci-fi) Divine Space Gods (Comedy) Sabina Saves the Future (YA action-adventure) and Matt's Amazing Week (Illustrated Children's Book)


I don't have any work in progress but I have a few book projects I'd like to work on.

4. How do you market your books and do your promotion methods work?


My latest marketing effort was to buy my ISBN numbers (AUD 134 for ten numbers in Australia) and upload my books to Ingram Spark. I have registered my books with library suppliers and I intend to contact local libraries.


I have had a negative return on investment in my online marketing efforts. I'll pump in some money next time I release a book. I find that it is harder for me to promote my books on platforms like Amazon as they are not big in Australia, so I can't ask my friends to write me reviews.


5. Where can readers find your book for sale?


My books and audiobooks are available at most websites such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google Play and Apple Books. Ideally, I would like to ask people interested in my books to ask their local library to include them. Some of my books are available for free on most platforms if people want to check them out.


The Divine Dissimulation

https://books2read.com/thedivinedissimulation


Divine Space Gods 1 (Free everywhere except Amazon)

https://books2read.com/Divinespacegods1


Sabina's Pursuit of the Holy Grail (Free everywhere except Amazon)

https://books2read.com/Sabinaspursuit


My author website is www.martinlundqvist.com if you want to know more.


Thank you for telling us about your experiences of being a writer. I think that many authors will identify with your struggle to get your books noticed. In the end it is the pleasure of writing and the dream of writing the next best seller that keeps us writing :).


Natasha :)

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