Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Step Thirteen - Find a real job and submit to traditional publishers

I admit that my marketing skills are not producing the required results. Having said that, perhaps I am being too harsh on myself as it is only three or so weeks since I finished the book and self-published it.

Yesterday I decided that I should return to the original plan and find an agent for the road ahead despite vowing that I would never do so. So, in true style of speed and efficiency I found some agents and I duly sent off my manuscript to them (or the first three chapters or the first fifty pages or the first eight pages, etc etc).

Now I have to wait those dutiful 6-8-10-12 weeks to hear back from them - if at all.

"Dear Sir

Whilst we thoroughly enjoyed not reading your book, it still does not fit into our current catalog"

Your sincerely

 A completely non-interested agent"

I have also decided that I need to return to the bottom of the ladder. Okay, I have a book finished and self-published but who am I? I am still an unknown writer. So, I shall return back to the drawing board.

I plan now to make a name for myself, come hell or high water, although the "HOW" bit still remains elusive.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Step Twelve - Wake up and decide to start a web design company for no apparant reason

This morning, after wandering how to get a book published and marketed I decided that I should set-up a web design company.

My theory is: if I have to climb mountains to get my work marketed under time-consuming self-boiled steam why then can I not do it for others for small stipend? reasonable low cost and to help budding authors and personal website owners crank a beloved career or project into action.

So, enter the stage Ease Web a website creation company could confuse but then I am an ex-seafarer (now author) with enormous understanding of the business so why not?

So now, with nobody finding my book at the bottom of the pile, what are the chances of this website being found?

Friday, December 05, 2014

Step Eleven - Upload some short stories from the Series: Memoirs of Silas E Parks

So, I have edited and partly rewritten two of the Memoirs of Silas E Parks. I have also made these available for free read at my webiste.

The Two stories of a current potential of 12 stories are:

No1. The Incredible Fart and
No10. The Christmas Speech

Lets see if they draw any avid readers.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Step Ten - Languishing Sales

It has been a tough week so far. The realization that my published work has not in-fact been read by anybody apart from those 'told' to buy the book - family members and friends - is sufficient cause for despondency to set-in like fast drying concrete.

I can see clearly how it all works now. One book sale increases rank considerably, one review boosts it higher. I am though unable to plead with my friends and family to write reviews (on Amazon no-less) - this approach feels unethical, the book not flying on its own merit. I could also sign up for other fictional amazon accounts and write my own reviews - as I'm sure many authors do but again this is not how I would want to approach this.

 So, as my book remains unsold, the only consolation is that it languishes not because it is no good but because nobody has bothered to buy it and write a review.

My current next step on the marketing trail is to ignore the book for a while and to concentrate on uploading/editing/writing the other work that I have piling up.

Next week - back to the marketing trail with renewed vigor perhaps?

I am not ready to give up yet on the self-publishing trail. Even a lack of sales is insufficient momentum to seek endless rejection letters from the traditional publishers.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Step Nine - Realise that the 30 day writing challenge started on 1st Nov

After writing 999 words for my new novel, I realised that the Wattpad challenge started on the 1st November.

That effectively leaves me with erm, two days to get 49,001 words into a readable script.

In my own words, 'that ain't going to happen'.

So, Simon and his Sea Disaster, possibly renamed to Simon's Maritime Disaster will build-up at my website of Ieuan Dolby

Step Eight - A 50,000 word novel, #JustWriteIt: A 30 Day Writing Challenge

Whilst meandering through various websites offering inane promotional deals in exchange for my credit card details, I came a cross Wattpad.

Wattpad appears at first glance to be a simple site to navigate and so far I have not been asked for magic cash. This certainly is a welcome change.

The reality of the situation is that Wattpad is probably not going to blast me into the number one slot but I somehow feel that using the site could be a gentle form of self-promotion. I'm certainly not going to use the site to search for friends to 'chat' with (which appears to be the sad aim of most social media sites) nor am I going to invite friends from my list of ten on Facebook. I am also doubtful that I will enter into a 'writers community' to pass on opinion/review - as I have recently realized that demeaning oneself in order to self-promote is not going to be worth it in the longer term. I want to retains some sense of pride in my work.

However, Wattpad have posed an interesting challenge to see if a writer can produce 50,000 words in one month. This challenge can be viewed here

What a great way to to spend ones time. My theory is that even if Wattpad fail to raise my profile by iota at least I will have a few thousand words to show for my time.

So, never one to shy away from a challenge, 'Simon and his Sea Disaster' hits the water

Follow me on Wattpad to view progress on this 50,000 word novel and its hopeful development.



Step Seven - ensure the book is now available at Barnes and Noble

My novel 'Fall of the Suns' Book was eventually located at the Barnes and Noble online book store.

The link follows:

I also today checked the books rankings. A quick check on Amazon shows that my novel is 

Amazon Best Sellers Rank US: #508,901
Amazon Best Sellers Rank UK: #208,983

By assuming that my half-pint is half full rather than half empty I only have a few hundred thousand books to beat to the top spot in the UK and in America!

Lots more work to do here I guess - I'll have to finish my pint whilst thinking about this.