The second thing I love about Dawn is that she writes a damn good story. Although fantasy is not my genre, I thoroughly enjoyed reading early drafts of her novel ‘The White Glove.’ It involves a quest set in some fictional time and place in the past. For that reason I am putting a link on my website to her e-book.
I got lots of compliments for my talk at the Family History society. People went out of their way to congratulate me and say they really enjoyed the talk and found it interesting. I had to bite my tongue not to say, well it used to be my job, I can lecture with my eyes closed and if it doesn’t sound too presumptions, my students always appreciated the fact that I was an organised and entertaining speaker. But there’s no going back now. I just have to put my public speaking talents into selling my books. Have already had an offer to speak at Rotary.
I sold 8 books at the FHS meeting. Better than a kick in the pants and we all have to start somewhere. I have also been investigating putting the book on Amazon. In this, I found Masha du
Toit’s blog very useful:
The downside is that Amazon takes 55% of the selling price, pays non US citizens by cheque and my bank charges R192 to deposit a foreign currency cheque! I’ve also registered as a seller on Kalahari. Much simpler and cost effective. I’m waiting for them to verify my details before my book will ‘go live’ and be available for sale.
Having had rejections from five mainstream publishers and given that even if they had accepted my book, I’d only get about 7% royalties, I’m convinced that self-publishing and self-marketing is the way to go.
I still prefer a piece of paper in my hand when I read I book. I spend so much time with a computer, I don’t want to take it to bed as well. But for those of you who have kindle or whatever else reads electronic books, I hope you enjoy Dawn’s.