I’ve decided to take a few steps toward trying to build my brand. I’m always the first to admit that I suck cock at promoting myself, and my efforts so far have proved a waste of time. With lots of encouragement, and a kick in the ass from time to time from my facebook friend Tammie Clarke Gibbs, I’ve taken a couple of steps towards getting a bit more visibility for my brand.
The first thing I did was update my blurbs. Although they weren’t bad, they benefitted from a bit of sharpening here and there, and I like the results, which you can see on my book pages here this site (in the nav bar up top).
The second thing I did was to add another category at Amazon. Up till now, I’ve just placed my work in Science Fiction/Space Opera, which is what the book are, but I added Science Fiction/Action and Adventure. Hopefully this will give them more scope to be found by browsers and may result in a sale or two.
Next, I re-did the keywords on Amazon. Keywords is getting towards territory I know practically zip about, but after taking advice, I changed them, and I hope they help increase the number of times my work pops up in searches. Fingers crossed.
I’m also trying to make more use of Pinterest, as I’ve heard that this place is a great venue for getting your brand noticed. I’ve renamed some of my boards, and added a couple of new ones that give my pinterest a more science fiction angle. I hope this will attract more sci fi type folks who may then decide to take a chance on my books. You never know, it costs nothing to try huh?
I’ve finished the first full read through and edit of my next book, which is a stand alone science fiction romance. This is the book for which I’ve invented an alien language, and because of this, the first edit took longer than it usually does. I also took this opportunity to add words to bring each chapter up to my preferred 5k size. This allowed me to expand in some places that needed it, to go into the characters’ thoughts and emotions in a deeper way, which was a challenge at times but such a worthwhile learning curve. I hope to publish this in March 2014.
The last update I have, is that I’ve decided to put together another anthology. This one will be more paranormal based than straight horror, and I have the first two stories already. As for size, I think twenty is a good number, it will give my anthologies a consistency if they all contain twenty stories.
On a more personal note, I’m celebrating having successfully persuaded my mother to sell up and leave Cornwall and come and live near me. She’s 82 this coming July, and very obese, diabetic, and has damaged hips and knees. Her nearest shop is a mile away, and she can’t walk anywhere near that far, and while it’s not a problem as she still drives, it won’t be long before she can’t drive anymore. When that happens, she’ll be stuffed like the proverbial Christmas turkey. If she lives near me, I can lend her a helping hand and keep her independent whenever she needs me. I’m so relieved my months of nagging has finally borne fruit, and quite excited to see her get a nice place around here.