book-marking booksBOOK-Marketing is probably one of the hardest tasks an Indie writer has to contemplate. Most of us, when we first begin our creative journey of writing, don’t know much about book marketing. I personally found it all rather daunting, and am always very reluctant to sell myself (along with my books). I’ve only just got used to the idea that I can call my self a published author – although “only” a self-published Indie writer. Which now days doesn’t hold the stigma of being second class, compared to the traditionally published author. Even that doesn’t take the task of book-marketing away from authors.


As you can imagine, with thousands and thousands of self-published books, it can be hard to get your own books to sell. At first, all your friends, colleagues and family will rush to download your wonderful creation from Amazon, and they too (if publishing with them) will do their little bit of displaying your book as a newly published for a few weeks. So, everything is stomach churning and exciting until….. the first frenzy of sales start to dry up. Your stomach stops the excited butterflies and replaces them with a hard flat brick of despair!

Glum, or what? This is a reality for many newbie writers. And I’m sure it is a test of endurance – now is the time to fight back and do all things that should have been done prior to the launch of the book. But, it’s never too late.

To give my own book DEATH BY REVENGE  a book-marketing boost, I decided to be brave and attempt to sell the idea of an article to the local Newspaper. Think small, I whispered to myself, its no use going to the Nationals until you can get your name out there. Wrong – there is always a chance a large national paper can pick up your article from a local newspaper.

I took a deep breath and plunged in. Shudder! I got in touch with a wonderfully responsive reporter. Let out the deeply held breath. Yes, they could do an article about a local author. OMG! Forget the stomach-churning, it was now replaced by a hammering heart, as a photographer was sent around to take some photographs.


What should I do? Dress up? Light or heavy make-up? Hair down and curly or up and sophisticated. Will I look fat, will my wrinkles take over my face? Stop! Slow down. People have actually bought my book and enjoyed it, so why shouldn’t I try to increase my sales?

So, long story short, the photographs were taken, everything went well and the publication was scheduled for the Thursday. Ah, I thought, I’ll try my hand at this book-marketing lark again, and let everyone know on my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin accounts.

“Woohoo, the article will be in the paper on Thursday.” I proclaimed to anybody who listens. Congratulations flooded in.

I bought the paper on Thursday and feverishly scrambled through each page, devouring each article to make sure I didn’t miss anything. Nothing!! My article wasn’t there. The heavy flat brick returned to my stomach.

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My book-marketing attempt had failed with flying colours. How could I be so stupid? Life as I now knew it would surely be changed forever?

Aw, wait, a reprieve. My article is scheduled for next Thursday. The pounding of my heart is joined with the stomach butterflies as I wait for next Thursday to arrive. (How much chocolate can one nervous author eat?) Do I announce the day to everyone? Or should I keep quiet? oh, the trials and tribulations of an inexperienced book-marketing author.


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Join me next week when I hope to share this long-awaited newspaper article with you. Also a few snippets of how my book-marketing skills have progressed.






Now three of my fiction books have been published, I thought it might be nice if I started a new blog for my readers and take them behind the scenes of writing my next books. Check out my HOME page for my previous books/


In the blog, I would like to log my journey of writing the third book in my Revenge crime & mystery series. Although at this stage it is still just an idea inside my head. My motives are rather selfish to crave your company on my journey. As a writer, life is often quite lonely when wrapped up in a world of make-believe. Not to say it’s incredible fun at times.


Have you ever wanted to write a book? It appears around 80% of the population say they would like to (don’t ask me where the statics come from) but they don’t don’t know where to begin. If you would like to join me on my writing journey and try your hand at writing yourself, go to my other website under my pen name – there you will find all the details you will need to start writing your own books – I digress, but I do think it’s important for anyone to write a book if it is their dream.

Today, I’m just giving you the heads-ups so you’ll know what the blog is all about and if it is of interest to you either as a reader or an aspiring writing. If you wish to know anything about my books, how to write or anything else do get in touch by sending a quick email to: with the heading BLOG.


Most of my time today has been spent tidying up my author website, removing things I didn’t like and making others a little simpler. This has taken me a number of hours, as I’m really Cr&%p at technical things and basically muddle through. So, if you’re planning to write, make sure you can make your way around a computer or know a man ‘Who can!’

It was only when I was fixing the pages that I realised I didn’t have a blog on this site (most of my blogging goes on at Katiewrites). I’ll try not put in too much of the boring stuff, but will try and give a good balance of what its like to write a book from start to finish. As I mentioned earlier, I do have a slight idea of a story and I’ll share that with you, and see if it goes anywhere. But for now, I’ll sign off and will be in touch soon. In the meantime would you like a FREE copy of my short story MURDER OF A GOOD WOMAN? CLICK HERE if you would.