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I'll say one thing - your English is damn good. I pound out lengthy screeds myself - then I edit the hell out of them. The first draft of Dark Resurrection was over 250,000 words long - so I split it and edited it into two books. One is on Amazon, wasting time and space, the other is languishing on a CD ROM somewhere.
I'm sorry, I had to laugh at the "wasting time and space". I'm very happy that you find me proficient in English. Incurring the possibility that this may change your mind regarding the quality of my speech, check out the first pages of my book. I'm currently promoting it on kickstart, but since it's likely that it will fail I'll have to add it to Amazon, to contribute to the "time and space" wastage.
Amazon certainly seems to be a waste of time, at least for me; it's a good thing that I don't have to write for a living. I've moved a grand total of two copies of my book since 2012.
I perused a few pages of your book, the English and grammar are acceptable. I would recommend some editing/rewrite with regard to dialogue between characters; in English, the word "said" is often the best word to employ, especially in anything longer than a short story. I learned that lesson the hard way on forums years ago while writing Dark Resurrection. Some of the people were not only critical of my work, which I definitely needed and appreciated, but downright rude, one individual resorting to puerile name calling. There is a big difference between constructive criticism and critique laced with ad hominem insult.
That said, I am still impressed by your command of the English language.
E.G. Manetti is having a book signing event this weekend. As I am sure this is her current biggest challenge, I invite you all to lend some words of encouragement and perhaps help get the word out.
My challenge of late is Marketing. I struggled through Writing, then Publishing to introduce my book and now the Marketing seems to have consumed all my focus. Nonetheless, however mysterious my experiences, I kept coming up with new ways to inch ahead. On a recent trip out of town, I took a copy of my Novel into a small library I discovered in a popular coastal town. My objective was to come away with just one idea to put into my bag of ideas for Marketing. Well, it worked! I found out I had no selling procedure of my own to argue with. "Would you consider putting my book in your library?" I said after presenting the book. The head Librarian seemed to be accustom to people like me as was demonstrated by the immediate statement, "We only accept books approved by the library association.... Have you considered promoting your book?" I held back on my side hoping to draw on years of their experience. As you can imagine that ended the encounter and afterwards I walked the well maintained building trying to absorb more knowledge. Basic and ancient were the two words I walked away with. There was nothing new in the library and all the books liked old. If I had any chance of putting my book on any Library's shelf, I had to have a Customized Procedure. So now I'm developing that Procedure and looking forward to another Head Librarian encounter.
That's the first step in marketing a book once a book is published: Ask questions of those in a position to buy your book or help you market your book. A great beginning.
I truly agree with you. Marketing the book, especially the new once are very hard to market. But there are tons of marketing ideas you can apply in promoting your book(s), which are free too! There are free and reliable book marketing services which you can apply.
I have seen one promo or something that has been posted in the internet lately. You can check it here: http://www.bookventure.com/promo. Such promotion would be a great help too!
my biggest challenge was getting anyone to buy a book, once some people had it seems easier.
True, but choosing the best book marketing platform is just easy. Marketing your book is the hard part.
That's the truth!
Totally agree with you
Great comment! Appreciate your candor. The internet is full of how to stories and books on 'easy' marketing, but nowhere can I see any results as you have mentioned. Believe you're the only one who has openly admitted something is amiss with these marketing stories.