Mid July finds me still locked in a writing slump and, while my newly erected Argos shelves strain under the weight of my eclectic library, I have yet to make it to the end of a single book.
It’s not all doom and gloom though. Some rather important competition wins recently have given me the slightly surreal feeling that fate (or whatever you wish to call it) is handing me a wake up call.
First up is the Indie Author Guide by April L Hamilton which is described as a ‘roadmap to success’ and offering
‘an exclusive insight to the latest technology and step by step instructions for making the most of it’
Sounds very impressive, especially to a complete novice like myself. Check out this link. http://aprillhamilton.com/iaguides.html
The next prize came for Tony Eldridge in the form of a e-book Conducting Effective Twitter Contests which, presumably is a good way to promote your books by basically giving a few away. I suspect though that there is more to it than that as Tony is himself a published author. I could write more but I feel a link to his site would do more justice. Feast your eyes on this. http://blog.marketingtipsforauthors.com/
My next prize came from Roger Parker over at the impressive http://www.publishedandprofitable.com/
It’s (wordy) title #Book Title Tweet: 140 Bite-sized Ideas for Creating Compelling Article, Book, and Event Titles by all accounts, does exactly what is says on the tin.
Three months free subscription to BookBuzzr was the next gift. BookBuzzr technologies can be used to engage with Facebook fans, create buzz on Twitter and generate interest through contests and giveaways. With over 7000 subscribed authors to date, BookBuzzr is a powerful tool for writers. Find them here http://www.bookbuzzr.com/
My final win is a Blackberry Bold iPhone from a random Twitter competition. It wasn’t apparent to me at first that this would be useful as a marketing tool as well, but I have been assured by my more technology minded friends that it will be a useful ‘bit of kit’. So it’s goodbye to my Nokia Pay-as-you-g0 (£10 from Tesco) and hello 21st Century gadgets and gismos.
Now with this kind of arsenal at my disposal how can I not succeed?
By not actually writing anything….that’s how.
Time to wake up and smell the coffee (and brioche).