Travels in Southern England – The Bath Literature Festival

March 3, 2015

Day 3

3 March 2015

I have never been very good at promoting my writing which is why I was delighted to see that the Festival was running a workshop on “How to Promote your Self Published Book” in Bath’s Central Library. It was led by the literary agent Flick (Felicity) Everett who edits the magazine, “Candis. She stressed the importance of understanding how the title and the cover should be made to appeal to prospective buyers.

The participants were a mixed group of mostly fiction writers encompassing a variety of genres plus a few who were writing non fiction and poetry. We were advised to check the title in our genres with others on Amazon to see how they ranked as best sellers as this might be a way to determine whether our endeavours could be successful. We were also shown the importance of creating an “elevator pitch”, blurb and press releases. Flick gave us examples of each and we were encouraged to write our own and utilize social media such as Twitter and Facebook.

Most of this I already knew but I managed to pick up some tips of which I had been previously unaware. I met some enthusiastic novice writers with wonderful ideas for creating books and made some useful contacts. On the whole I found it an enjoyable and extremely worthwhile experience.

Keith Jahans
Editor, Peatmore Press

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Website Bookselling

May 16, 2014

If you are a publisher and/or an author then it is essential to have your own website to sell and promote books. However, selling sites with their “buy” and “add to cart” buttons can be complicated to setup unless you are a professional website developer. I have been struggling with the complexities of the Paypal website selling system. It works fine for my paperback books which require mail order delivery. But I have not been able to come to terms with the packages available for selling digital downloadable ebooks and audio books.

I have now come up with a simple solution. I have rarely sold any downloadable goods in the past, even when the system was working properly. Peatmore Press ebook sales have been chiefly achieved through the Amazon Kindle Store and now I have begun selling on the Apple iBook Store. My solution is to link the Peatmore Press sales pages directly to both stores and let them do the hard work. Click on http://www.peatmore.com and go to the individual book pages to see the results.

Keith Jahans
Editor, Peatmore Press


The Epub Ebook as Multimedia Art

May 29, 2013

When I visited The London Book Fair in 2005 to promote the first Peatmore Press novel “Cogrill’s Mill” as an ebook no one wanted to know.  Admittedly, it was only available in pdf format so could only be viewed in personal computers, palm readers and some mobile phones but no one there seemed to recognise its commercial potential.  Now that has all changed.  There are a multitude of ebooks as mainstream publishers seek to launch their books in paper and ebook formats.  There are a variety of mobile platforms on which to view the electronic versions and at the 2013 London Book Fair there was a large area, known as “The Digital Zone”, devoted almost entirely to the ebook.

The ability of smart phones, tablets, ebook readers, PCs and mp3 players to delight our audio-visual senses is astounding.  To exploit this new environment Peatmore Press has launched a new epub version of its short story collection, “Crime and Passion”.  Mixed with the text is a movie trailer, two audio files and a photographic image at the start of each story.  It can only be viewed in its entirety on devices that can play mp3 and mp4 files, otherwise buyers are advised to obtain the pdf and Kindle editions, and is available as a download from http://peatmore.com/crimeandpassion.htm

Keith Jahans
Editor, Peatmore Press

C&Pcover


Tips for proof reading

April 18, 2013

  1. Use Spell Checker
  2. Start at last page and read back through manuscript.
  3. Use find and replace tool on wordprocessor to search for sound alike words (http://www.grammarly.com/handbook/mechanics/spelling/6/words-that-sound-alike)
  4. Get computer to read manuscript text aloud to you (Free software online eg http://www.zabaware.com)


London Book Fair Embraces the Digital Age

April 16, 2013

I spent a fascinating day yesterday in The London Book Fair’s Digital Zone.  Today’s technology means that the reader can access a variety of interactive media across a range of mobile platforms.  Reading will be an exciting new experience in the 21st Century.  Video, audio and 3D images can be integrated into ebooks and there are wonderful opportunities for authors, film makers, photographers, sound engineers and distributors to collaborate.

London Book Fair 2013

 The London Book Fair

If you are going today or tomorrow Peatmore Press recommends that you check out: Tercio Publishing, Blue Fire Reader, Young Digital Planet, Epub Direct and Bookwire.


First steps in self publishing

April 3, 2013

Treating your writing as a business is a must for anyone taking first steps in self publishing.

New technologies in printing have made it possible to produce books in small quantities at low cost.  Authors can be their own boss, have editorial freedom, be responsible for pricing and advertising and keep all the profits.  The disadvantage of this means that as they have no track record in the publishing industry they become a small fish in a big pond and their publications thought of as “vanity publishing” and inferior.  They can make basic editing errors and are responsible for all losses.

http://wokingwriters.wordpress.com/self-publishing

Self Publishing


Ten Proofreading Tips For Self-Publishers.

February 27, 2013

http://tinyurl.com/c5erxfz