Like many authors, I write because I love to read. And like many, many authors, I decided to self publish when my first manuscript was complete.
Self publishing is fun, relatively easy and inexpensive, and gives the author creative control. This enables talented writers to spread their stories to the world without having to secure agents, publishing houses or agree to deadlines. Herein the problem surfaces; Marketing.
Once the book, eBook or paperback, is set free into the world - it vanishes beneath the waves of the hundreds of thousands of books before it. Without vast sums of money, or agents with vast sums of money, to spend on marketing the book to the world these literary marvels remain largely invisible.
So, each week (hopefully) I will be reading a reviewing one of these author's works. The book I am reading will be listed on My Latest Reads page indefinitely. When the review is complete, I will write it as a blog and feature my star rating which I will add to the book's profile on my Latest Reads page.
My first book, Of Dreams and Shadow by D.S. McKnight is up and running. I will blog a full review once I'm done.
If you are an author and would like your work featured please contact me. I do not charge for reviews.
In other news...
I had an excellent time answering questions about my own novel at a book club meeting in Costa Coffee, Cheddar. I want to thank the book club for inviting me along and being so welcoming.
I am pleased to say that their comments were all positive! Of course they could have just been being nice.
My first official book signing is fast approaching. Saturday 16th November I will be in my hometown of Bridgwater, Somerset. Full details are on my events page. Nervous excitement is bubbling.
There are lots of interesting things happening with my novel and the sequel. I will keep you all informed as and when I have new details.
Don't forget to enter the Goodreads giveaway for your chance to win a signed copy.