Everyone Likes Free Short Story

Continuing with marketing tips here on Eventispress, three of our authors are giving away short stories and encouraging readers to sign up for their newsletters:

Ian K Pulham’s Radical Action, is a standalone prequel to Ian’s debut novel Ticket to Eden:

Roderick Hart’s Back to the Wall, which includes some of the characters in his recent novel Interleaved Lives:

Author Diana Jackson’s short story is unrelated to her novels but has a quirky title, A Very Yellow Memory and like much of Diana’s work is fiction but has fragments of truth much in the flavour of The Healing Paths of Fife:

Let’s Zoom to Face to Face

As most businesses we at Eventispress have ‘met’ regularly on Zoom during the last couple of years, both as a whole group and in two’s, for particular in depth discussions, guidance and support. These meetings have been vital and energy giving, when the author’s life, especially during this pandemic, has been quite a lonely one.

‘You are the only people in my life I can really talk about writing issues with. My family and friends care, but they just don’t really understand,’ remarked one author.

We are pleased to say that our first ‘face to face’ meeting of our Bedfordshire contingent is taking place shortly. We hope it will help to:

  • Re-energize individual authors
  • Help to share and explore ideas for marketing
  • Discuss best approaches
  • Think of ways to be mutually supportive

The list could go on and on. Joining a writer’s group is similar but has a slightly different focus. More about that in another post. All of us at Eventispress have a goal to promote the Eventispress brand, as well as our own books. This is far easier than purely self promotion, where everyone benefits and everyone contributes.

A Joint Venture for Roderick Hart’s Novel

Roderick Hart published his novel ‘Interleaved Lives as an ebook through Troubadour Publishing a year ago.

Rod dearly wanted to publish it as a paperback, because many of his readers have preferred to read his books that way in the past and Blackwell’s stocked it.

We had discussed his project here at Eventispress several times, but decided that it wasn’t the best time to launch a paperback for sales in bookshops, during lockdown especially, and so Rod chose the option with his other publisher, to focus on an e book only at first.

We at Eventispress are pleased that we published Interleaved Lives as a paperback a month ago, initially on Amazon, but aim for it to be more widely available in June.

The universal link above will take you to any Amazon site.

Ticket to Eden Now Available Through Bookshops

Ian K Pulham’s novel Ticket to Eden’ is now available in paperback on the Waterstones website and can be ordered through any good bookshop. If you do, then please mention us here at Eventispress.

Here’s the link: WATERSTONES

ISBN: 978-1-8381526-4-2

We realise that every bookshop cannot hold every book in stock and therefore would like to thank Waterstones for their support over the years:

  • Stocking a variety of our books at key location stores
  • Hosting author book-signings
  • and making all of our books available for order.

Note from author Diana Jackson re the last post:

Many thanks for the warm and positive response to her author talk to Kirkcaldy Probus last week. Much appreciated!

Author Diana Jackson continues to explores Post Covid Marketing Strategies ~ Getting back to author talks

Diana writes:

“Like author Brian Kerr, I am beginning to give author talks once more. In fact, with Zoom, I did not totally pause these activities, giving two talks during the pandemic.

I have two bookings for this year, one later this month and another in November. Nothing like the five I did in 2019 before the first lock down, but it is early days. We are also only just coming out of mask wearing towards the end of April up here in Scotland, and so we don’t have quite the same sense of normality that those down south are enjoying.

I have two themes at the moment:

  • Coincidences in the life of an author
  • Early female aviators and other interesting flying facts

These talks have so many benefits:

  1. Getting to know new readers and a wider audience
  2. Exploring themes related to my writing
  3. Sharing interesting ideas gleaned whilst researching, many of which do not get into my novels.
  4. Hopefully selling some books too (I usually give a special offer and round the price to the nearest pound for ease of change giving. At first I took a bag of pound coins and pennies for £8.99, but decided very soon that it was a bit silly!)”
  5. It is most enjoyable, especially the conversation afterwards.

Eventispress writes:

“If you would like any of out authors to give a talk you could get in touch with us at Eventispress:

enquiries@eventispress.co.uk

or click on the author page and contact each directly. “

Marketing Tips from author Brian Kerr

MEETING THE READERS

Brian writes:

“It may be spring but if you are charged with the task of lining up a list of speakers for your club or society next winter, this is the time to be active.  Suddenly face to face meetings with tea and biscuits, or perhaps wine and cheese in more affluent parts of the country, is back in fashion and speakers are in demand. Church groups, Rotary clubs, University of the Third Age, WI gatherings are all fruitful contacts.

In the last few weeks, I have spoken to a gathering of geologists in a school – only about a dozen; and a U3A group – in excess of fifty in a room at the back of a pub in Luton. This does generate book sales on the day – making the books a round price of £5, £10, or £15 helps otherwise there is a messy problem of carrying old fashioned coins as change.

Book clubs are interested in meeting a local author and many people have an interest in self-publishing which they have read about but few understand.  There is also an informal network of speakers and your name often is passed on generating more speaking engagements.

Some groups with sound finances will even pay for a speaker.  There is usually an acceptable scale of charges so it is best to find out the going rate before they pose the question.”

Good luck

Brian Kerr’s latest release is How to Value a Skylark ~ The Countryside in a Time of Change

available in Waterstones

Great News ~ Author Ian K Pulham is in the Luton News on line!

“Dunstable author’s delight as dystopian novel is published”

Click on this link to The Luton News to read the great publicity for the release of

Ian K Pulham’s debut dystopian novel ‘Ticket to Eden.’

Click HERE to read the full story

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