Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Followers---I need you!

I would love you to become a follower, not because I have a desire to be some sort of weird guru or quasi-religious nutter, but simply to help spread the word re my books and blogs through your networks. As anyone reading my blogs and posts on FB would know, I am a self-published author and getting the word out there is problematic. Not for me the ‘gold-paved-big-house’ publishing road; no it is a very different story when you go alone down the self-publishing journey. One makes many mistakes and comes to conclusions that are not based on reality. The whole world is not wanting to read the books one writes and indeed the world of books is an ever changing one. Gone are the days when people line up for a new release, other than for the very top of the list writer or some publicity seeking ex-criminal or politician telling it all! NO---self-publishing means finding a good editor, excellent proof-readers, book designers, digital presentation experts and other professionals. One learns that trying to do these things on your own does not work. One good aspect about small printing runs means that errors that you don’t see when checking the final pre-print suddenly become apparent! Imagine if you had printed 10,000 copies. The worst I have done is to throwaway 100 books because they were simply not up to standard. I hope that people at the landfill did not find them! Once you have a book that is as close to perfect as you can get it, there is the distribution and publicist. That means more money thrown at a possibly lost cause. Even with magazine interviews and good article, plus radio interviews and even a slot on a popular TV show, one cannot expect immediate results. I have done all the above with ROSKILL, yet, still I am frustrated. At best I can put it all down to a rather expensive experience but I hope for more than that, hence my plea to you to become a follower and help me to fight the ‘big girls and boys’ of the publishing industry. I need to get the links to my website out there via your networks. I need some sort of SM flash mob approach. Only then will I see the stubbornly low sales figures rise from the depths in which they currently reside. Of course I need to thank the people who have so far done their best to help me. I wish also to say that I have may more books in me—waiting to hit the bookshelves or your reading Aps. Yes, I have succumbed to the modern way of getting books out there. Kindles are part of my life but I still love the feeling of a solid real book---but hey===one has to stay current re new ways of doing things. SO people, friends and aliens, if that helps! Lend me your eyes and your fingers. Push the links, hit my website and download, order and become a follower! Regards Neil Coleman—just marginally above the status of a wannabe author! www.authorneilcoleman.com or a direct hit on the Amazon site: http://www.amazon.com/dp/047325655X