The Kindness of Strangers

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Since I’ve been actively looking for reviews of my book Echoes from the Lost Ones, I have been taken aback at just how nice my fellow authors are. I have met some truly generous people over the Internet and hopefully, found some genuine friends amongst the jumble of Facebook Likes and Twitter followers. I am not a natural blogger or Twitterer, and I find posting things about myself, and even my book, painful on occasions. So when I took the leap to actively participate in getting an online presence, I was scared and not at all keen.

Now, I ‘ve almost changed my mind, or rather, had my mind changed by the warmth and support of other writers. So, all I want to say is a big thanks to all the authors, bloggers and writers that I have met through the ether.

I hope I continue to find new friends and comrades.

I’m going to try and do some author spotlights/interviews too. If you would like to sign up for that, I would love it!

If anyone wants to exchange books for an honest review, then I’d be happy to do so. Please feel free to get in touch:

Facebook:       https://www.facebook.com/thesongofforgetfulness?ref=hl

Email:               nikki@thesongofforgetfulness.com

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When do you publish the next book in a series?

I think what I’m about to say will be familiar to a lot of authors.

My debut novel ‘Echoes from the Lost Ones’ was published in June of this year.

http://www.amazon.com/Echoes-Lost-Ones-Forgetfulness-Volume/dp/1939897041/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Sales are slow. But that is to be expected I guess. I’m not really concerned about that. I’m more worried that I have botched my attempts at getting that all-important author profile going, despite working really hard to put myself on the on-line media world stage, and doing readings and workshops.

Previously to being published, I wasn’t on Facebook or Twitter, or any sites that promote authors. I have come to realise that I should have been much more active on the social media platform and may have left it too late.

My publishers are leaving all of the marketing to me. AHH! I am useless at self-promotion. I’ve tried ‘giveaways’, paid promotion on relevant sites, guest hosting on Facebook events and getting author spotlights. I have noticed that sales went up a tiny bit after I spent a small amount to advertise Echoes on Kindle boards, but sales slumped soon after.  So, the question remains, how do I get folk to notice me and buy the book? I have received some excellent reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, but to what end? Now, I’m all a bit ‘harrumph’ and out of ideas.

So, I was wondering if having the next book in the series come out sooner rather than later, would be a good thing? Would readers be more willing to buy a book when they know that they wouldn’t have to wait to read the next instalment?

Does anyone have any advice? I would appreciate it.

On a different note: is it just me, or do grasshoppers look exactly like Alien?

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