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Facebook Book Release Day ~ 25th June 2021

COUNTDOWN ~ 50 BOOKS TO GIVEAWAY!

Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself’ by Diana Jackson

8.30 am LET’S SHARE THE BEST ADVICE WE CAN GIVE HERE

In one sentence ~What is the best advice you can give a young person at the moment, someone who needs a bit of encouragement? A free copy will be sent to be best answer.

10.30 am WHO DESERVES A FREE BOOK OF ENCOURAGEMENT

Tell me one good reason, without naming the person you are thinking about, why a young person or school leaver you know should be given a gift of ‘Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself’

Two free copies will wing their way the answers which I find most moving.

12.30 pm WHO NEEDS A WARMING CUPPA IN A SPECIAL MUG

Since it is lunch time, I will have two ‘Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself’ mugs to give away if you answer the question:

“What is the wackiest thing you’ve done to cheer yourself up in your life recently? (Suggestion suitable for public viewing and for a YA!) Ideas for a Young Adult, school or college leaver.

Mine was to climb a mountain!

4.00 pm POSITIVE AFFIRMATION AS AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO OTHERS

And finally…

Without naming the young person or school leaver you have in mind, tell me some great things young people in your lives have been doing through this pandemic.

Two free book ‘Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself’ which maybe the person you have in mind would like to give to a friend of theirs!

COUNTDOWN 5 BOOK GIVEN AWAY ~ 45 TO GO!

IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO DESERVES ONE OF THEM THE DO SEND ME AN EMAIL

diana@dianamaryjackson.co.uk

but don’t forget to tell me why you think they deserve it. (without naming them!)

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Alternative Book Launch

I have planned an alternative book launch. Why?

  • I am not sure that a face to face launch is appropriate and so have looked at alternatives.
  • The book I am launching is a paperback only at the moment.
  • The target audience to buy the book is different to the target audience to read. (more about that shortly)
  • It is a gift book.
  • It is a way of giving back and trying to support young adults.

Giveaway

Firstly I will GIVEAWAY the first 50 books.

If you would like a free copy and you live in the UK please click on my contact page and send me a message as to why you would like a book and a short sentence or phrase about the person you are giving it to (not the name).

I am thrilled that The Healing Paths of Fife raised nearly £700 for local charities, but since Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself is a gift book aimed to reach out to young adults who need a boost to their self esteem, I would prefer to give the first 50 away.

Facebook

I will have a day of activities on my Facebook Pages on launch day, 25th June. More details on Monday 21st on this blog and on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DianaJacksonauthor

This will include givaways, quiz questions and mugs to win. Also links to useful sites.

Press

Eventispress will be writing to local press. I’ll report back as to how that goes. Having enjoyed quite a bit of coverage down in Bedfordshire (local radio stations too) several years ago we’ll approach here in Fife too.

Zoom

There will be a zoom night on Monday 5th July for invited guests. Yet again I will report back on how this goes. If you would like to be invited then please let me know: diana@dianamaryjackson.co.uk

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What do successful indie authors say about achieving success?

During the month of August I interviewed five successful Indie authors on this blog. You can click on them down the sidebar.

Here is a summary of of their advice to writer’s and similarities about their approach:

BE DILIGENT

~ Treat Writing Like work

It was clear from all of the authors interviewed that they took all aspects of writing novels, marketing and the publishing world seriously. Although many of us may not aspire to the dizzy heights of employing staff like Adam Croft ~ most of us commission people to do the cover art, formatting and editing. We aim for a professional product our readers expect of us.

I’ll let you into a little secret here. I met Adam when he was promoting his first ever crime novel, giving it away free on Amazon through Smashwords ~ and so there’s nothing wrong with aspirations of grandeur! (and possibilities)

Writing seriously IS HARD WORK!

BE CONSISTENT

~ Build your audience by expectation

Although many authors dabble in different genre and some are successful doing that, it is the consistency of publishing in a certain genre, an awareness of your audience and regular releases of books in a series that appears to build success. It may take time, but patience is then rewarded.

(If you click on the links below they will take you to the author pages on Amazon)

I know if I buy an Anne Allen book that it will be some kind of mystery, reflect a period in history and be set on the island of Guernsey, usually in at least two time periods.

Tony Riches writes historical fiction, researching characters in history who are less well known and it is obvious from his books that he has explored the places and well as also the lives of the people.

Margaret Skea is also a  competent historical fiction writer, often with some mystery adding a different dimension.

Adam Croft writes crime. His plots are quirky and increasingly complex, but all of his books are ‘a good read.’

Maggie Anderson writes Regency Romance which has a great following and are easy to identify.

Skimming over their author pages gives a clear picture of what to expect if buying their books.

BE CREATIVE AND AHEAD OF THE GAME

Adam Croft was into Audio Books well before they ‘took off.’ Margaret Skea has taken the opportunity during lock down of launching her books on audio too. With audio increasingly popular and profitable, why are more of us not taking up this opportunity? (note to self!) At first Audio books were mainly in the realms of libraries but not anymore.

Many of us are glad we ignored the doomsayers about e books and have always diversified into both paperback and e book. This is vital in today’s odd world.

BY GIVING YOU RECEIVE ~ IN MARKETING

I am a great believer in this message. No author is an island unto themselves. (a Diana mis-quote!)

Avenues for marketing are limited these days for those of us who were used to speaking to an audience, having stalls at craft fairs and book signing. There’s a plethora of different ways though, to promote your books on line. Margaret Skea, author of Historical Fiction, gives the good advice that it is essential to ‘give as much or more than you take’ when marketing on Social Media.

Help other authors out and they are more willing to support you.

I certainly feel the same. Author Tony Riches is always promoting other people’s work and because I love his books I trust his choice of books he promotes. It’s a win win situation. He has also given me tips along the way and pointed me in the direction of marketing opportunities, such as The Coffee Book Club Tour.

Maggi Anderson mentions the importance of a newsletter ~ so important and often overlooked.

… and finally just get writing!

If you would like to do a guest blog between now and Christmas on this blog then please read:

Throw a Dice for Memories of a Character in your novel

Then leave your contact details as a comment on my blog or email diana@dianamaryjackson.co.uk

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