This week I was really pleased to find a review of my new book ‘Tales by Torchlight: Shoe Zoo’ in the ‘Kids Book Review’.
Loads of blogs and websites have a link to this great review site so it was a real achievement to have a review placed so publicly. Now, when I search on my book in Google, I actually see it listed in a number of sites, compared to three weeks ago, when there was complete cyber silence! I have sent out many other review request, though, and the wait is excruciating. You worry that you may have wasted a precious promo code (you’re only given 50 by Apple), you worry that the reviewer may not like your book and, worst of all, you worry that you just won’t hear anything at all.
My book was realised in the iTunes iBookstore on 26th June, under a month ago, and my life seems to have suddenly been taken over with the the business of trying to publicise and promote my work (as I write these words ‘publicise’ and ‘promote’ I have to smile because I really don’t have any fixed plan of action – this is the first time I have done anything like this and I feel like I am stumbling around in the dark!).
Over the last three weeks, though, I have tried to embrace the world of blogging, of Facebook and of Twitter, but this hasn’t come naturally to a through-and-through old fashioned painter, who is most comfortable working with actual paper and a dirty old paint box.
I must be doing something right, though, because in this short space of time I have managed to get a couple of review and my blog has had over 2,000 hits! I now have some insight into how difficult publicity is – it really is a incredibly daunting task for someone new to the field. We self publishers have to keep positive though and have a real faith in our own work, despite early low sales figures and a lack of response from reviewers. But sometimes I do wonder what I’m doing, spending so much time on the computer, away from my children and my art.
If only there was a fairy godmother of a publisher who would fall in love with my books, turn me into a princess and let me get on with making up stories and painting silly pictures…