• Today An Interview with Indian Author Partho Bose and His Debut Novel Dreams Implant

    Welcome Partho to my blog:

    1. What made you want to write a book?

    Well the credit for this goes to my sister for this as she recognised my flair for writing from an early age and pushed me to write. It was not possible for a long time due to professional commitments but this year I finally picked up my pen and started writing. This story was in my mind for the past two years, which I finally penned in February.

    2. Tell us about you and where you live.

    I am an advertising professional for my whole career and still continuing. I stay in Delhi the capital of India

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

    I have written a thriller novel Dreams Implant. At present, I am working on another thriller though yet to think of the name for it.

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

    I am heavily present on social media and have my website. Also apart from this I take part in different social events and seminars where I interact with the audience. Apart from approaching publications for reviews and doing PR in publications. Yes these tools have been quite helpful. Below are the links of my digital presence:

    Amazon Link:




    Goodreads Link:


    Website: http://www.parthobose.com/

    Twitter: dreamsimplant



    5. Where can readers find your book for sale?

    They can find the books on Amazon, Kobo, Invictobooks.com, Shopclues, Flipkart and very soon on Barnes and Nobles

    Apart from this Indian readers can purchase it from all leading bookstores chains like Oxford, Sapna, Crossword, Om Bookstore and many more

    Thank you Partho for sharing.

    Natasha :)



  • Today I Welcome Bestselling Author, Alistair Cross to My Blog

    1. What made you want to write?

    I’ve been writing all my life, and was first published in 2012. Later that year, I met horror author Tamara Thorne, whom I’ve been a fan of since the 90s and, without meaning to, we began brainstorming ideas and decided it would be fun to write a short story together. That story turned into a novel. And then another novel. In the meantime, I also continued writing books on my own.

    As for what originally made me want to write - writing is the only thing I’ve ever done that has allowed complete expression of my ideas and fully engaged me. Writing makes me happy.

    2. Tell us about yourself.

    I was born in a very ordinary small town in central Utah where there wasn’t much to do but dream up things that weren’t ordinary at all. As far back as I can remember, I never had any interest in the American Dream. I never thought about having children, buying a house, getting a good job, and retiring at the appropriate age. I just knew that wasn’t me and that I’d never be happy unless I was creating something artistic and meeting brilliant people who did amazing things.

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

    As a solo act, I’ve written The Crimson Corset, The Book of Strange Persuasions, The Angel Alejandro, and my upcoming paranormal murder/mystery, Sleep Savannah Sleep.

    With Tamara Thorne, I’ve co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting, The Ghosts of Ravencrest, Mother, and The Witches of Ravencrest, book two in the Ravencrest Saga.

    I’ve just begun my next solo novel, a thriller that takes place high in the snow-covered California mountains, and Tamara Thorne and I are working on Darling Girls, a continuation of our respective vampire novels, Candle Bay (Tamara Thorne) and The Crimson Corset (by me.)

    4. Tell us about your latest book, Sleep Savannah Sleep.

    Sleep Savannah Sleep takes place in Shadow Springs, California. Jason Crandall, recently widowed, has moved to town with hopes that it will be an opportunity for him and his two children to start over. No sooner does he begin meeting the quirky townspeople than Savannah Sturgess, a beautiful young socialite, goes missing. Despite his best efforts, Jason becomes entangled in the unsolved crime when he’s plagued by mysterious, terrifying visions and dreams that lead him (and the police) to Savannah’s murdered corpse. And when Jason falls under suspicion, he soon realizes the only way to clear his name is to find Savannah’s killer himself. But what he doesn’t know is that the truth is more terrifying than he - or anyone in Shadow Springs - could have ever imagined.

    5. How do you market your book(s) and do your promotion methods work?

    My philosophy is that writing is a lot more than simply writing. It’s a business, and like any business, it takes hard work, extra hours, self-discipline, and more hard work.

    As for marketing, it’s important to do events and raise awareness. I employ a publicist who helps me out in this way, and also, Tamara and I have a weekly horror-themed radio show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!, where we interview authors and talk about writing. This helps get the word out about our work as well … but the single most important book marketing strategy, in my experience, is writing a damned good book that people want to read. And then another one, and another one after that.

    6. Where can readers find your book(s) for sale?

    Amazon carries all my titles, and my website, alistaircross.com, has all the necessary links.

    Thank you Alistair for letting us into your writing world :)



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  • My Marketing Journey Update, Jack Solar’s Journal & UK Southern Book Show

    Hello from Littlehampton, West Sussex. I think summer is really here as we have had two days of sun and I am feeling positive that good times are ahead for my books and for my new writing projects. Jack Solar’s Journal (January 3008) is completed and this time instead of self-publishing, I have decided to try and get an agent to find me a good children’s publisher.

    Why would I do this? Well, I have a plan to get older children reading which I don’t think I can do by myself. I have noticed that older children would rather watch YouTube clips, than pick up a good book. Jack Solar’s Journal is about his life at age 12 in 3008. He is one of my leading characters in my dystopian novel 3006 and is quite a character. He writes in his digital journal and also vlogs about his worries and his adventures. So, my plan is to have a Welch, 12 year old boy read out half his journal on a YouTube Vlog site and then for it to cut out at a critical point and direct the viewer to read the rest as an e-book on their tablets. Do you think this will work and get children reading? I hope so.

    Finding an agent has been an interesting journey. I believe it is almost as hard to get an agent to represent you as it is to find a mainstream publisher. I have approached a handful and am waiting for a reply – it could be a long wait!

    It has to be said that marketing a book or to put it more accurately finding good avenues for book promotion has been the most trying and exasperating thing, that I have ever done.

    I have to balance book marketing and writing evenly. What I am finding is that I get a spate of good ideas about marketing and then focus on these in the morning, work furiously to promote my existing books and then feel too exhausted to write. So my answer to this problem is having a 30 minute power sleep after lunch which I can justify now as I work from 5:00am until 10:00am in Asda as an internet shopping picker. After my power sleep, I feel regenerated and can write quite easily until 5:00pm – creating what I hope will be the one book that will fore fill my dreams of my work being recognised.

    I have had some inspiring authors on my blog as guests and really appreciate their contribution. It is so hard to get yourself noticed as an author and there are very little places in the UK where you can display and sell your books. The mainstream book shops are not interested in self-published authors and will only let you do a book signing if you have sales on a book produced by a publisher. I know this, because I tried to get Waterstones to let me do a signing and they were only interested in 3004 published by the Book Guild and not my self-published books. My sales were not good enough to do a book signing for 3004.

    I have followed author Mark Dawson’s advice about promoting books and think that he really gives you easy instructions on how to master Facebook Advertising and Sponsored Amazon Ads. He and Joanna Penn have been an inspiration for me. I do make sales using their advice but my outgoings do not match my income. Still some fine tuning to be done on the marketing bouncy castle I think!

    THE UK SOUTHERN BOOK SHOW – A eureka moment! It came to me not in a dream but as a passenger being driven to Ikea in Southampton. I have been looking for a book event in the South of England, where authors can come together and sell their books to the public. I decided that I would take the bull by the horns and try and arrange such an event. So I have been trying to find authors in the UK that are interested in selling, doing readings and speaking on book related subjects on stage. I chose the Pavilion Theatre on Worthing pier as I want a high traffic venue to draw the public in. Hopefully this event will attract our readers and those that would like to write a book.

    For the show to go ahead on 9th September 2017, I need 60+ authors to attend and have 15 so far. To find out more and sign up if you are interested, then please visit


    I will update you all soon with my progress.

    Going for a walk up to the sea for some inspiration.

    Natasha x



  • My Guest Today Is Robin Crumby Talking About His Perspective on Indie Publishing with Some Insights into Book Marketing Tactics

    Robin is an author and lives in London. He ran a B2B publishing business for 20 years and specialised in marketing. Robin says:

    "‘Everyone has a book in them and that, in most cases, is where it should stay’ or so said Christopher Hitchens.

    There’s a revolution underway in book publishing. Over the last few years, Authorearnings.com data shows digital book sales from independent (self-published) authors remain on course to outsell those from traditional publishing.

    Up until 2014, if you wanted to have your novel published, then you needed an agent and a publishing deal. For 99.8% of aspiring authors that meant the end of the line. No publisher meant no distribution and no readers. In many cases, that didn’t mean your novel wasn’t good enough, it meant it wasn’t commercially viable.

    Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) changed all that. Launched around 2008, KDP allowed authors to self-publish their book and earn up to 70% of royalties on sales.

    It all sounded almost too good to be true. All you needed to do was upload your book to the Amazon platform and hey presto, thousands of people would buy your scribbles and you could retire on your new passive revenue stream. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.

    Over the last year or so, I’ve been undertaking an enjoyable voyage of discovery in the world of self-publishing. After nearly 20 years of co-founding and growing Melcrum, a research and training business, now part of CEB, I wanted to do something I’d always talked about, but never found the time to do: write a novel.

    For anyone who fancies themselves as an entrepreneur, self-publishing is a lot of fun. From the creative writing process itself, to working with an editor, proof-reader, advance readers, book cover designer and formatting for digital devices, there’s a lot of work to be done before your book is even ready to upload.

    For years, independently published books got a bad rap for poor quality. Not many people knew about self-publishing so telling friends that you didn’t have an agent or a publisher was like admitting that you didn’t wear underwear. It prompted a variety of reactions from disapproval to pity (the self-publishing bit I mean). The first assumption is that your book didn’t make the grade and that self-publishing is a last resort. However, for many authors, myself included, self-publishing is a choice.

    So why choose the self-publishing route?

    For a start, you retain control. You are master of your own destiny. You can do as much marketing and promotion as you want. You can experiment with different platforms such as Facebook advertising, Goodreads, Twitter, Amazon Marketing, Google advertising and others to generate awareness and ultimately readers and sales. You can choose to make your book free and run competitions and giveaways. For many authors, retaining control is everything and making your book a success is hugely fulfilling.

    That doesn’t mean to say that traditional publishing is inherently bad or redundant. Lots of successful authors have chosen to switch between models, and back again, and speak highly of both approaches.

    What it does mean is that to be successful, aspiring authors now have a choice. If they just want to write and don’t want to roll up their sleeves and get involved in the ‘business’ of selling and marketing books, then a traditional publishing route is probably right for them.

    So what works when you’re launching a book?

    I’m still learning as I go, but already there are many lessons I’ve learned. For a start, as tempting as it is to press publish and be done with it, the reality is that your novel won’t be ready until it’s been through successive rounds of edits and corrections. Self-editing is not advisable and feedback from your friends and family is unlikely to be free of bias. The good news is that digital publishing allows for unlimited revisions. The bad news is that you’re never done and eventually, you have to step away and recognise that further changes will only make for incremental gains, at best.

    On the sales and marketing front, the best advice I was given was to sign up for Mark Dawson’s Self Publishing Formula 101 course which has been outstanding. Mark is a best-selling author who has created a step-by-step guide to every aspect of the process. His SPF team has established a community of like-minded authors helping each other out and sharing what works. Mark Dawson is living proof that this self-publishing approach works.

    Through experimenting with Goodreads Giveaways, Amazon free promotions, enrolling your book in Kindle Unlimited, you quickly learn what works and what doesn’t. There are a lot of people out there who just want freebies and will probably never pay for your next book, write a review or help spread the word.

    Because my first novel Hurst is book one in a post-apocalyptic thriller series, I’m playing the long game and am very happy to either give book one away or sell it for a notional $0.99 to help build an audience. By the time I’m on book five or six, my hope and expectation is that I’ll have grown a loyal readership and be able to charge a reasonable amount for the digital version or audio book, certainly enough to repay costs and earn a living.

    Printed books are another story though and the economics of printing remain rather against the low-volume author. For example, Amazon is happy to print your book on demand but in return, they pay the author a token royalty and the lowest sale price available is $15 or so. Unless you are prepared to print copies and sell them direct (not recommended), digital publishing remains the only real viable publishing route.

    So as I race towards my self-imposed publishing deadline for book two, I can’t say enough good things about the self-publishing experience so far.

    Have I made any money from self-publishing?

    Not yet. I’m still underwater from the upfront investments, but with over 1,000 books sold so far in 9 months, I’m confident that with more books and more selling time, this will become more than just a hobby and prove a nice little earner.

    If anyone wants to get a copy of Hurst, you can download book one for free by joining The Hurst Chronicles Readers’ Group. http://hurstchronicles.us12.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=e60b9a6d4136330da8a2c8666&id=08e41beac1"

    Honest feedback and constructive criticism very welcome

    Hurst - "An action-packed, disturbing and thought-provoking story of an all-too-possible dystopian future." - The Book Reviewers

    "One of the most original and just flat out interesting and intelligently profound dystopian novels I’ve ever read." - Indie Book Reviewers

    What would you do to survive during an outbreak? Where would you go? Where would you be safe?

    At the end of the world, surrounded by the tidal waters of the Solent, the survivors of a pandemic flu virus hide behind the high walls of a Tudor fortress. Scraping a living far away from the smoking ruins of the cities, they wait in hope.

    Hurst Castle stands alone. Its seventy-four occupants united in a struggle for survival against all the odds. The Millennial Virus is the least of their concerns.

    When the arrival of outsiders threatens to tip the balance of power, the people of Hurst are faced with a desperate choice: set aside their differences and join an alliance that promises new hope or unite against the newcomers and their plans for reconstruction. Who can be trusted? Only time will tell.

    The battle for Hurst has begun.

    If you enjoyed fast-paced, post-apocalyptic stories such as The Day of the Triffids, The Road, Station Eleven, The Stand, and The Atlantis Plague, you'll love The Hurst Chronicles series.

    To get your copy, then please visit Amazon


    I too have been influenced by The Day of the Triffids and I think your book looks great and I can't wait to read it.

    Many thanks




  • Today's Interview is with Peter Davidson, Author of Penny: Hands I Passed Through…Things I Saw…Stories I Can Tell!

    1. What made you want to write a book?

    "As a youth, I always had a paperback in my back pocket and read every chance I got. That, along with a few nice comments on my writing from a few college professors, was the inspiration for my life-long passion for writing books.

    PENNY is my twenty-eighth published book. Every now and then, my wife or I would look at a coin in the palm of our hand and say something like, “If only this coin could talk, it could tell some amazing stories of the places it has been and the people it has met.” That thought, simply, was the inspiration for me to write this book. PENNY is the story of the last one-cent piece ever minted in the United States that is made of 95% copper, minted on October 22, 1982. After that, all one-cent pieces are pathetic and puny, consisting of 97.5% zinc with only a touch of copper thrown in. PENNY passes through the hands of ordinary people, the famous, the infamous, the saints and the sinners and hangs out in churches, honkytonks, and everywhere in between. This book tells the stories of the people whose hands PENNY passes through.

    2. Tell us about you and where you live.

    My wife and I spend about six months at our home in the Lake Okoboji resort area of Northwest Iowa and spend about six months at our winter home in Arizona.

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

    My book, PENNY, is scheduled for June, 2017 release, so I am working on promoting the book right now and will be for several months to come. After that, I will work on a humorous book of marital advice to a young newlywed.

    My published books include fiction, non-fiction, college textbooks, and children’s picture books. My works have been published by McGraw-Hill Book Company, Perigee/Putnam Publishers, Sweet Memories Publishing, Haworth Press, and others.

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

    The most difficult part of the writing process is the marketing and every writer must be involved in the marketing process, regardless if the book is published by a major traditional publisher or the book is self-published. I am contacting book reviewers, bloggers, newspapers, magazines, and others to generate publicity for the book.

    5. Where can readers find your book for sale?

    PENNY is available on amazon.com in paperback and on Kindle. It will soon also be available from Barnes and Noble, various book distributors, and other sources."

    Thank you Peter for telling us about yourself and your work.

    If you would like to buy Peter's new book Penny, then please visit Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Penny-Passed-Through-Things-Stories-ebook/dp/B0716VY8G5



County Times April 21st 2011

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