I am discovering that the years spent writing a novel, getting it professionally edited, having a super cover designed and self-publishing it on Amazon are simply the very beginning of being able to think of myself as a published author. Without a publicity machine to support my efforts I realize that my novel is likely to sink as deep as some of the Greek sponge fishermen who feature in it.
But initial response to the book has been very favourable and, as I write, it has five reviews on Amazon.co.uk and one on Amazon.com. Not a huge number I know but I have seen some well established authors’ novels published around the same time with less than ten reviews to date.
So I am not giving up and am starting a publicity drive over the next month. Locally I am advertising in About Fram a weekly e-newsletter that goes out to hundreds of people in our neighbourhood. More importantly, nationally and internationally I am offering a giveaway of twenty paperback copies of the book on Goodreads.Com. Register an interest via the following link.
As for those reviews, here is a selection of comments -
“A sweet love story. Also some thought provoking life issues....” 5 Stars
“Nostalgia, sun and a cracking good love story! As a lover of Greece, too, John was able to evoke that special warmth and light that only those islands can truly portray.” 5 Stars
“A really beautifully written story, perfect to read on holiday in the sun!” 5 Stars
“Thoroughly enjoyed the book, once I started reading I couldn't put it down” 5 Stars
“Really enjoyed this book. At the end of each chapter l was eager to find out what would happen next. Found the characters believable and l cared what would happen to them. Can definitely recommend this one” 4 Stars
“A lovely story - believable and engaging. Well written. Would definitely look for another by the same author.” 5 Stars