We head slowly into 2021 and month three of “Ramblings” being for sale. For me, as an author, it feels like it has been out there for ever! I often have to remind myself of how little time it has had to be seen. My Amazon Author page is up and running. I have a bio in place and have managed to secure the bio in 5 languages including English. I have uploaded some photos now from the book and the book reviews are all there to see too.
Its all about patience and promotion. Press releases have been sent to varying magazines. Due to covid, libraries and schools are not doing readings so social media has been my weapon of choice. Each month I am doing something different. January was my press releases and getting myself out on GoodReads. February will be a Q and A.
Thats the plan so far! Onwards and upwards!
The book remains online and I anxiously await to hear how its been selling. I know some have sold, all be it to family and friends but a little part of me has everything crossed that others have loved it too. The book reviews that have been returned are positive. People see the book as raw and emotional. In some ways the book is exactly that but it was always incredibly therapeutic to write. When you are left as a widow/er, no matter how many family and friends you have around you, intrinsically, you’re alone. Nothing will ever or can ever change that. You were a double act with your partner and you are now party of one. Anyway, I digress!!
Fingers crossed for a great royalty cheque and may I wish all of my subscribers and supporters a very Merry Christmas.
In the 2 weeks since “Ramblings” hit the bookshelves, it has been the strangest time. Pre Covid, there would have been a formal book launch. There would have been readings at book shops or libraries. Covid19 meant a rethink.
So, how do you go about trying to get noticed? Trying to get people to look and listen? In this day and age, the solution is social media. Everyone in the world has a social media account somewhere. Thats what I have been doing.
I set up my social media to reflect my writing. Twitter is linked solely to my writing. Facebook is personal but I do have a Facebook author page that I am slowly building. Instagram is a happy mix of both and I am now registered on Goodreads and Amazon as the author of Ramblings of a Forty Something Widow.
My friends and family have supported me unconditionally throughout. Some of my closest friends were gifted a signed copy with a personal message. Many of my friends and family members have gone out there to purchase it. Thank you to you all.
Here is one from the book.....a sneak peek!
You used to love Christmas.
Don’t get me anything you’d say,
But you’d get me the world.
I don’t need anything you’d say.
But when I said that
You didn’t listen.
Birthday and Christmas on the same day.
You never liked that.
You always wanted me to have two seperate days.
You kept me up til midnight Christmas Eve.
Every single year.
To open one present as it turned to midnight.
We always had a hotel night.
Every year for my birthday.
A gorgeous meal out too.
This year, you’re not here.
I don’t know how to feel.
It hurts but memories make me smile too.
The Christmas dinner will be there.
I’m sure they’ll be wine.
Maybe cake too.
But no you. Just thoughts of you.
The memories of you.
And I will smile at those.