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Release Day ~ Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself ~ An Inspiration for Young Adults


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Available on Kindle from Today ~ 27th August 2021

This book is so thoughtful and beautiful.  It is uplifting and written in a way that all readers can connect with.

Review by Lorna J

A’ Level Tutor at Luton 6th Form College

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Book Blogger Hop ~ Signed Books 13th to 20th August

13th to 20th August


A big yes to this one. If I see there’s a book signing at a bookshop I will usually (until the last 18 months) pop by and speak with the author. If they are famous I may leave it, but if there are only a few folks about I’ll give them some encouragement and buy a signed copy.

Here are just a few of my signed books on my book shelf.

I met Liz Harris, author of The Road Back; Ben Hatch, author of Are we Nearly There and Adam Croft in different bookshops. I met Adam Croft, now a famous Indie author and prolific writer, in Ampthill bookshop. This was his very first mystery, well before he was well known, at the very beginning of his writing career. I actually bought two books and he quipped

“Will you sell them when I’m famous!’

Two of the books above were at author talks; that’s You, Me Always by Jill Mansell given at Kirkcaldy library and EAST of WEST, WEST of EAST by Hamish Brown at Kinghorn Library.

I met Victoria Howard at a stall when she was attending Glamis Castle Classic Car Show.

Why do I support indie and trad authors in this way?

  • Because I enjoy meeting and encouraging other writers,
  • Because I like to think the reading of the book will be much more insightful having met the author,
  • and finally because I do book signings myself and appreciate the support of others too.

If you want to know more about Book Blogger Hop here’s a link.

If you would like a signed copy of Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself as a gift for a young adult who is struggling to know what to do next, send me an email on or and I’ll send you a free copy if you live in the UK. (5 copies to giveaway in August!)


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What are ARC’s and Why are They Important?

Many authors talk about ARC’s. Advanced Reader Copies. If Eventispress were a large publishing company they would send out copies to book groups and reviewers all over the country, sometimes in the ‘proof copy’ state.

What can those of us do who have not those seemingly limitless resources?

Limited Free Period

Many Indie authors have put their books for free for a limited period, especially in the past. How can you do that when KDP set a minimum price? I am told that, if you put the book on Smashwords for example, for free, then Amazon will price match. You can let me know if that’s true.

Author Copies

You can give author copies away to some of your followers for them to review your book. If they have not bought the book from Amazon then it is best for them to write ‘author copy given’ or copy given by publisher’ if it is a small indie press.

Use an Author Platform for the Purpose

I am sure there are many, but I discovered Booksprout a little too late for my last novel. Fortunately it is pretty easy to use.

How to Use Booksprout

~ Fill in your author details

~ Fill in the details of your book, including blurb and meta details

~ upload cover and PDF or epub version

~ once you have done that don’t think, as I did at first, that you have created an ARC; no, you need to click on ARC and Create ARC and voila, your book will be available.

Advantages of Booksprout

~ Your book will be available for folks that you don’t know to download for honest reviews.

~ You will also be given a link which you could send out to certain folks you do know, or in a specific list you might have for a special newsletter. You could send the link to certain Twitter followers too.

~ This can be set up a few weeks before launch, which will be the deadline to submit reviews.

But aren’t you losing certain sales this way?

Yes you are, but in today’s world of marketing you seem to need loads of reviews before your book is taken seriously and so you need to see this as an investment into the future.

If you try it do let me know how you got on.

If you would like to support me and try out Booksprout by reading a free copy of

Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself ~ Inspiration and Motivation for a Young Adult then click on the link below the cover


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