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A ‘READ AND PASS IT ON’ BOOK

I had a dilemma when launching ‘Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself’

My dilemma

I usually give two or three copies and prizes and a couple of mugs at the launch, but then was I going to raise money for charity this time, as I did for ‘The Healing Paths of Fife’? I wasn’t sure.

I would dearly like this new little gift book of mine to reach Young Adults to help some of them through this difficult, disruptive period in their lives and so I wanted to keep the costs down if at all possible. It is only £5.99 on Amazon.

To Reach out to those who would benefit

I came up with the idea of ‘read and pass it on.’ I decided to giveaway fifty books ~ a small print run with the wonderful Biddles Books, an old family firm of printers in Kings Lynn. In each book I would put a letter saying:

  • I would love to hear from them if they found the book useful
  • To pass it on to someone they think might benefit if they didn’t enjoy it
  • To pass it on to another person when they’ve finished with it

Cover Design

I have designed several covers for others and so I decided to do this one myself too. I know it is a ‘no-no’ in the writing world, but I designed ‘The Healing Paths of Fife’ and I’ve raised over £700. I requested quotes and received four of them for around £400. Now, I know designers have to make a living too, but it often appears that writers are at the end of the list to be paid, and so what I’ve saved in doing my own cover I am putting into giving away books for free to those who need it.

Why 50!

Once we’d organised the print run for ‘Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself’ I chose to giveaway 50 books and here are my reasons:

> I saved the money on the cover

> I will giveaway 20 paperbacks in July, 15 in August and 15 in September

> The majority of those given away will be local to here in Fife or in Bedfordshire, many delivered by hand but up to 5 maximum each month by post(UK only).

>All publishing companies of size giveaway many, many advanced reader copies for reviews, to bookclubs, on line book reviewers and individual. (I will also ask politely in my letter for a review, if they would like to do so, but this in no way guarantees getting them.)

How to recover costs

Although I will absorb some of the costs as my donation to a good cause, I will hopefully use the sales of the ebook published in August to cover the larger costs so far. The e book will also be at a low price, 99p, with free period, to reach as many as possible.

Then I have other decisions to make…

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“Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself”

“Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself

A Special Book of Encouragement for Young People”

will be launched on 25th June 2021

 

Do you know a young person, young adult, school leaver, college leaver who needs some help right now in believing in themselves?

You may be a friend, parent, aunt, grandparent or even a teacher or social worker. You may see the potential in a young person but not be able to find the words to say.

This little book of encouragement will be released at the end of the month. One of Diana’s ‘Motivational and Inspirational Series.’

(I apologize for the delay of this book launch. My Mum passed away at the beginning of March too (my Dad passed away in January) and I am finding it hard to get my head around it all at the moment)

 

 

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Multi Genre ~ Who on earth is the target audience?

Writing a multi genre book caused a few challenges and I’m still not sure whether I chose the best path. Having said that, of all my books, it was most fun to write!

The Genre I chose were Memoir, Travel, History and Fantasy. This list was not exhaustive. I could have added ‘Motivational and Inspirational,’ and certainly added ‘Self Help’ when looking at BIC categories on Amazon and Nielsens.

Now I needed to think of  the target audience for my new book ‘From Redundancy to Rejuvenation.

The book – I call it that because it’s not really a novel – is multi layered too because the book is a bit quirky. These are the following themes running through and thus the possible target audience:

  • a smattering of poetry ~ this would appeal to those who enjoy exploring senses and feelings in words. I could describe the sensation of being made redundant after a life time teaching but somehow I found poetry so much more dynamic. The places I loved leant themselves to verse so well too – just looking about me made my heart sing, if you’ll excuse the cliche.
  • snippets of history ~ It seemed right to add paragraphs, almost asides, of the facts and people who inspired me, and I wrote them as if I was writing a short news item.
  • memoir ~ I wrote about  what really happened to me; where I explored and how the experiences changed my perceptions along the way.
  • travel ~ The book tells of a journey, almost a pilgrimage, as I walked along The Fife Coastal Path; not all at once but in easy chunks. I like to think that my descriptions transport my readers so that they are walking along side me for a wee while. Walkers would love this book, immerse themselves in the scenery and hopefully be inspired to follow in my footsteps.
  • fantasy ~This was the more light hearted theme, making ‘From Redundancy to Rejuvenation’ an allegory for life – almost a parable. As I walked I met all kinds of strangers in my imagination; real characters from the past. We walked and talked; sometimes we went on a journey together but on each occasion I learnt a little more about myself.
  • a writer’s life ~  a theme running through the book is how to become a better writer through many of these conversations and so it would certainly appeal to authors too.
  • letting go ~ This one underlies almost every chapter. What is holding us back in life to to reach our potential? Do we sometimes have to let go of the most precious things in our own lives to be free to be what ‘God’ intended? Although the purpose of this book is not to be overtly religious, it is certainly spiritual and I hope that my grapple with faith seeps through the fabric of my words to the very end.

And so I have a multi genre book which is also multi layered in style. It won’t appeal to everyone but to readers looking for something a bit different; those who might be searching for answer themselves; those who have been through some kind of huge change in their lives; authors finding their way; those who love to find new and wonderful places to walk but also to those who like to see and feel a sense of history in the places they visit. If you enjoy fact, facts and more facts then it might irritate, since I explored the essence of The Fife Coastal Path and its people, rather than an in depth study.

Since the cover is so special it would make a lovely gift too, for anyone who appreciated the beauty in the world around them!

It was a bit of a gamble – a risk many would say – but it has also been a lot of fun.

‘From Redundancy to Rejuvenation ~ A Writer’s Fantasy Walk Along The Fife Coastal Path’ can be ordered from all good book shops. It is also available on line at:9780993260803

Waterstones.com

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com (where you can see the first five star review from across the pond!

 

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