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As a writer how can you tell if what you write is enjoyable to read by others? Only by independent review in my opinion because friends and family may be too kind. I recently received a wonderful review of both my Busy Bee books by the The Scottish Beekeeping Association. The reviews are inspirational. I only hope that my fellow independent authors are also able to receive something like this to give them the boost they need. We all need those words to help us on the writing journey.
There are so many of us now. That’s the wonderful aspect of technology allowing so many more people to be able to create. The Amazon KDP publishing platform allows us to hold a single copy of our printed book. Before the platform existed we would have had to print a large number of books making it impossible for many people.
The success of this method of publishing is fine if you have a large social media following but if you don’t how do you become noticed? I have been contacting beekeeping groups of Facebook and one woman wrote back saying that Busy Bee and the Silent Spring was beautifully written and that she was utterly captivated by it. She added that she would buy the book for her niece. Wonderful words and very inspiring but how do I turn them into multiple sales?
There is also this balance to be considered. How much time do I spend on promoting what I have already written compared to putting down new stories and ideas? Oh well I guess that I will have to keep on slogging away.
I don’t remember how I got to know about Tristan apart from that it was through Facebook. It just so happens that the idea for my character Tristan in my Clever Dad series of books is based on a Tristan that we knew back in December 1999. He must now be in his 20s. This Tristan likes the coincidence that the story’s main character has the same name. Please like his page as he deserves encouraging.
My books will be reviewed by my first official reviewer. His name is Tristan and he is only six years old but is already fluent in both English and French. Over twenty years of practice and I still cannot understand French properly or speak it for that matter. The coincidence in this story is that two of my books, Clever Dad and the Pirate Ship and Clever Dad and the Space Rocket feature a boy called Tristan. I hope that the real Tristan likes them.
My book, “Brown Bear’s Big Day Out” has finally been published on Kindle and is also available as an A4 story and colouring in book from Amazon using their Print on Demand service. You can also buy a pdf version that will work on any PC/MAC or tablet that has a pdf reader installed. This version is available from Junagarh Media. When the book came out I started to promote it in the wonderful Hyde Park in central London.