I wonder…


… how many readers of our books realise how much of ourselves is contained within the pages? Reality dictates that in all probability the answer to my question is less than the number of fingers on one hand.

Yesterday I watched a video of my friend the best selling author Michael Jecks and Karen Maitland discussing what goes into any story for a gathering of book lovers.

Unlike the first timer we don’t just sit down and start writing thousands of words in the vain hope that something might work. Those who think that NanoWrimo is best are fooling themselves. No book worth reading ever emerged from that approach.

Long before we begin we start by researching the idea that just won’t go away. As a consequence, during a protracted period of time the original idea may be forgotten in favour of something far more interesting. Ask Michael, he knows…

Then comes many sleep deprived months writing the first draft, followed by many rewrites. In other words writing is bloody hard work often for very little gain.

While the idea of having a book you wrote published may sound wonderful to the unitiated, the reality of the matter is that once its out there your work is not over. Because now you enter the bewildering minefield of promotion. It doesn’t matter how good your book is, if the general public aren’t interested enough to even read the first few pages to gain a flavour of it either online or at your nearest bookshop, no amount of continuous advertising makes any difference. This applies particularly to any and all Independent writers, those of us who are bloody-minded enought to go it alone without the backing of a traditional publishing house.

There are always online sites out there that want your book to add to their comprehensive list of free books. Avoid them like the plague. Don’t think for one moment that by offering your book for nothing, that the tightwads will ever wish to pay to read your work. They won’t. By all means offer your work at a reduced price for a fixed number of days during any calendar month if it’s not selling. But that’s it!!!

To that end my most recent short novella Autumn 1066 will be on offer for $0.99 over the next few days via Amazon.com.

Here endeth the lesson.

PS – A few days ago I was contacted via Facebook by a person purporting to be an American actress I greatly admire. Whether or not I am really in contact with her remains to be seen. I got the impression that she wanted to get to know me better. When I suggested that to do so she might care to read one of my books she went quiet. Needless to say she hasn’t been back in contact with me. Sadly the chances are that the person who contacted me isn’t who I hoped it is. The same thing happened last year. That time it turned out to be a scammer looking for money. In that instance they picked on the wrong person…




14 thoughts on “I wonder…

  1. What you say about authors putting something of themselves into their books does, I believe also hold true as regards poets.

    Oh the joys of Facebook. I once had a young woman contact me and claim to have attended the same university as me. I accepted her friend request and the next thing was requests for naughty conversations via Skype. Needless to say I deleted her!


  2. I think most of us have given up on the idea of sitting back on our laurels and basking in overwhelming royalties. There is the odd glimmer Jack and whilst I would love to buy my husband more than new socks for Christmas, I do value the friendships that I have made, the reviews that I have received and the generosity of the community here online. I love to write and entertain and yes, there is a lot of me that goes into the stories and time and effort. And the other side of this is the fact that we are keeping our minds active and our hands busy. We are doing something positive, and can keep doing it until we drop, unlike most activities. As to friendship requests on FB and Google.. I think I have worked my way through most of the top brass at the Pentagon.. hugsxx


  3. Too many years ago, I remember reading something about, when you write, you are center stage and have dropped your drawers… Okay, it is the general idea if not the exact words. πŸ˜‰ xx

    My grandfather was a Londoner and two of his favorite quotes were, “A fool and his money are soon parted” and “There is a sucker born every minute.” I never forgot either and it has served me well.


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