More Lives Than One

Any of us who happens to have spent a year of their life writing a novel will ask themselves two questions.

The first one: is my book - now it is 'out there' on paper and in electronic format - good enough to attract the hard earned cash of those who read loterary thrillers, the vast majority of whom have never heard of Bryan Islip or his novel 'More Deaths Than One'? Trouble is, this is a question with no definite answer. I myself find it good enough, and indeed much more than that. Of course I do, otherwise how could I justify the devotion of such a slice of my life? So do literally all of the folks I know who have read it. They have told me as much. But ... but ... can I be sure these readers - who are to a man or a woman such nice people - are not being nice to me? Sadly, I cannot.

It's only when total strangers begin to tell other total strangers about the perceived power and the glory of  More Deaths Than One, and those other strangers buy the book that I will get that secondary all-time thrill (the primary one having been when one adds to one's manuscript the immortal words 'The End'!)

And then comes the author's second obligatory question. Whether you have convinced a publisher to risk their money on producing the novel or whether you have done so yourself through the self publishing route: how can I sell the thing? How can I light small fires in appropriate places so as to set off an inferno of world-wide reader interest?

One route is through - by giving away copies to interested readers in the hope they will review and recommend.

Another way is by enlisting in . You leave the odd copy here and there (bus stations, cafe's, park benches etc etc) suitably labelled in the fly leaf, in the hope it will be read and passed on and read and ... you get the picture.

Of course each of these options risk your work and your money ending up toot suite in the refuse bin!

How about promoting it on the social websites Twitter and Facebook, Linked in etc? Probably this is the least cost / most effective promotional way ahead, but I'm really not up to speed with the practice and the ethics of this. Having published it on paper using digital technology and having now set it up as an e-book you'd think Twitter etc would be a doddle. But like anything else, the learning curve looks demanding. Ah we;;, I think I'll buy me a book on how to .... !

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