Monthly Archives: June 2014

Crime Authors’ ‘Blog Hop June/July 2014

I’ll be taking part in a crime authors’ ‘Blog Hop’ in July. Others taking part are Jayne-Marie Barker and Leigh Russell. Today, it’s the turn of Jayne-Marie Barker, who will be posting on her blog and answering a few questions. I hope to have two more sets of crime authors on board by the time I update.

My section of the ‘Blog Hop’ will take place on 7 July 2014. when I’ll answer four questions about my writing and then introduce two more crime authors and hand the baton on to them.

Meanwhile, here the link for Jayne-Marie Barker’s blog: http://jaynemariebarker.blogspot.co.uk/?spref=tw

Promotion opportunities

On her blog, Jane Dougherty has suggested she sets up a Writers’ Workshop for help with tricky writing problems.

Writing book blurbs is my particular bugbear. They’re either too short, too long, or fail to cover all of what are apparently the four essentials (who is your main character, what does s/he want, what stands in the way of getting what s/he wants and what is at stake if s/he fails. I got this information from the invaluable kboards.com/writers’ cafe).

If you feel this kind of help would be useful to you in your latest work in progress, why not read the blog and drop Jane a line?

She also does author interviews and takes guest posts.

Promotion opportunities.

The Author Hot Seat

My ‘Author Hot Seat’ interview on Jane Dougherty’s blog, appears today. Why not have a read?

Jane Dougherty Writes

My guest in The Author Hot Seat today is Geraldine Evans. Geraldine writes what I call police thrillers, but she also dabbles (very successfully) in historical fiction. As I don’t know her books at all, I’m going to hand over to the author straight away, as we have a very full interview ahead 🙂

KOBO PROFESSIONAL PHOTO OF ME AT LBF APR 2014

J. Tell us a little about what you write, and since it’s something that interests me, which genre you would describe it as.

G. I mostly write mysteries, what I call British Cozies. My largest series (fifteen so far) is the Rafferty & Llewellyn procedural series. My main man, DI Joe Rafferty, is an ‘Ordinary Joe’, a working-class guy, with a council-house upbringing, and from a family not averse to a little back street shenanigans on the edge of the law. I’ve partnered him with more moral than an Easter Sunday Pope, Welsh Methodist DS Dafyd…

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Tremendous Growth in the Sale of Self-pub eBooks in the UK

Did all you indies out there see this? And if you have a phobia about the number thirteen, you might be interested to note that this Guardian article appeared on Friday the 13th!

According to the latest information from Neilsen Book, sales of self-published titles in the UK increased by a massive 79% in 2013, with an estimated value of about £59 million over 18 million units sold. In spite of the book market as a whole reducing by 4% last year, the growth of the ebook market in the UK rose by 20%, around an estimated £50 million, of which around £26 million were self-pub books; Just over fifty per cent. How impressive is that?

The article also comments on which type of ebook sells best and to which age range: if your books appeal to women, either buying for themselves or for their children, you’re on to a winner!

Here’s the link if you want to read the rest:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jun/13/self-publishing-boom-lifts-sales-18m-titles-300m?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&utm_campaign=a9e699575b-UA-15906914-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-a9e699575b-304500337

Okay, those figures might still be only a small percentage of the overall market, but it surely shows the way things are going.  I, for one, take enormous encouragement from this data and have no desire to scurry back to traditional publishing any time soon.

How about you?

And for those of you concerned that library loans of your books won’t translate into sales, here’s another article that should help to lessen that anxiety:

http://the-digital-reader.com/2014/04/13/uk-library-ebook-pilot-shows-library-loans-drive-sales/#.U51o2ihZhng

 

And, if you’re eligible for Public Lending Right income, it’s looking hopeful that legislation will shortly be enacted to make PLR payable on library loans of ebooks, as the UK Government intends to seek Parliament’s approval to allow rights holders to register their works from the 1st July 2014 to allow for payment in February 2016.

Here’s the link (click on ‘Government Response’): https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-the-extension-of-the-public-lending-right-to-rights-of-holders-of-books-in-non-print-formats

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The Case Against Author Solutions, Part 1: The Numbers

That great Irishman, David Gaughran, does it again!

If you’re thinking of publishing your book through Author Solutions (or any of their off-shoots) — don’t! They’ll take you for every penny and come back for the bones.

Look out for Part 2 of David’s ‘Case Against’ coming soon.

The Case Against Author Solutions, Part 1: The Numbers.