Thanks to Catherine Ryan Howard for hosting me on her Self-Printed Guest Blog over at Writing.ie. I came to know Catherine through her blog Catherine, Caffeinated, which is a great resource for those looking to self-publish their work. Catherine has also written an excellent book, Self Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing, which I found incredibly useful on my self-publishing journey.
In my guest post over at Writing.ie, I highlight the importance of building a platform before you publish your book or, if you’ve already published your book, getting one going as soon as you possibly can. I built my platform accidentally, by writing about my passion (Tudor history) on a blog and then setting up Facebook and Twitter pages, but boy am I glad that I had that in place before I published my books. A platform is vital whether you publish traditionally or self-publish, and that’s why publishers and agents ask you about how YOU can market your book.
Well, do you think it’s easier to create buzz about your book and get the word out if you have a blog with 24,000 unique visitors per month and a subscriber list of 5,500, or by starting from scratch? Hmm… I’m not saying that to dishearten anybody or to show off, I’m simply stating a fact and showing that a book’s success is not usually down to Lady Luck but to hard work. Blogging just three or four times a week can make a huge difference in marketing your book, try it and see.
You can read my guest post over at Writing.ie by clicking here.
I’m proud and pleased to be listed in the “Authors to Watch” list for May 2012 over at IReaderReview.com. My entry on the list was based on Kindle sales of The Anne Boleyn Collection on Amazon last month, so a big thank you to everyone who purchased a copy of my book. I’m so happy to be listed in such great company.
Check out my author’s page at Amazon – click here – for details on both my books. Here’s hoping for another great month!
Thank you so much to author Sandra Byrd for interviewing me on her “To Be Read” blog. It was such an honour to be interviewed on such a wonderful blog and in the company of authors I admire.
You can check out my interview at http://sandrabyrd.com/toberead/the-anne-boleyn-collection/
Sandra is the author of one of my favourite Anne Boleyn novels – To Die For – and the upcoming The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr which is due out on 5th June 2012.
I’m so excited! My second book, The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown, is now available to purchase as a Kindle or paperback.
Here are the Amazon US and UK links:-
The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown – The Kindle version from Amazon.com
The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown – The paperback version from Amazon.com
The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown – The Kindle version from Amazon.co.uk
I’m more than happy to ‘virtually’ sign and add a message to your Kindle copy. You can request this through http://www.kindlegraph.com/
Reviews and Likes
Once you’ve read The Fall of Anne Boleyn it would be wonderful if you could spare a moment and leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Reviews are so important to new authors and it only has to be brief – every little helps! I read every single review and really appreciate the effort.
You can also help by clicking “like” on the book’s Amazon page. Thank you so much!
Thank you for all the support you gave me with my first book, The Anne Boleyn Collection, and I hope you like The Fall of Anne Boleyn as much.
The Fall of Anne Boleyn Blurb
During the spring of 1536 in Tudor England, events conspire to bring down Anne Boleyn, the Queen of England. The coup against the Queen results in the brutal executions of six innocent people – Anne Boleyn herself, her brother, and four courtiers – and the rise of a new Queen.