Have I read a different book to everyone else? This book didn’t really grab me at all. I kept reading, hoping it would improve, but it didn’t. The only character I like is the main one – Peter Hammond, the secret agent, whose brother is murdered. Hammond returns to the UK from Rome, where he has been working undercover, and sets out to solve the mystery surrounding his brother’s death. The story is long and far-fetched and I became bored with it in the end.
This is the first novel I have read by this author, but it definitely won’t be the last. After starting and rejecting three other novels on my Kindle and not having anything else to read, I bought this one on the spur of the moment. What a lovely heartwarming story it turned out to be, I just wanted to keep reading. Such great characters, all with their own problems, coming together in a caring, kindly way. A bit far-fetched in places, but generally how we would all like our society to be in real life.
I loved satire even before I knew that using humor to draw attention to serious issues was called satire.
In my lifetime I have learned more about the world through humor than all other news sources combined.
Johnny Carson, David Letterman, PJ O’Rourke, Dave Barry, Stephen Colbert, George Carlin, The Onion…these are my most trusted sources of information. The first time I saw The Daily Show (going way back to the days before Jon Stewart was the host) I thought it had been created specifically for me.
For many years I hid this fact from almost everybody I knew for fear of being seen as uneducated, uninformed or just a clown who pretended to know what was happening in the world.
Second to the comics, my favorite part of the newspaper has always been the political cartoons.
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Yesterday, Bailey had a back tooth removed. When we picked him up from the vets, he was still very wobbly on his feet from the anesthetic. One of the instructions we were sent home with was *If Bailey is interested, offer a small meal and water this evening* That was a joke! We got him home, he staggered down the steps and into the house, went straight to the cupboard where we keep his food and whined loudly. I made him scrambled egg, cooled down with milk, which he gobbled up, then half an hour later, he was back at the cupboard whining loudly again, so then it was soft mixed vegetables and he hasn’t stopped wanting to eat ever since. That’s what happens when your poor dog has to be starved because of the anesthetic!
Extremely useful tips!
My marketing strategy is really simple. In fact, it can be summed up as follows:
- Be real,
- be fun,
- be helpful.
If you do that, people will buy your books simply because they will like you and will want to support you. In other words, “if people like what you’re saying, they’ll like what you’re selling.”
I have read many marketing guides, but have come to realize that it all boils down to how people perceive you. In marketing speech, your brand.
Having a consistent author brand is liberating. It allows you to publish pretty much anything you like, irrespective of genre. People will read your books because you have written them – and they trust you to offer them a good time.
That’s great. How about some real tips now?
The other day, a visitor to my blog asked me for…
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1. Write more blogs
2. Read other people’s blogs and reply to them
3. Finish my latest book
4. Write reviews for every book I read
5. Sell more books!
Of course I need to lose weight, exercise more etc etc, you know, all the usual stuff, but these are just plain boring resolutions, and I’ll never stick to them!
A follow-up of ‘How to get promotion for yourself and your book’ This is ‘How not to get promotion for yourself and your book’ Originally written the other way round!
So, you’ve written and published a book. Congratulations! Good for you!
And welcome to the club … I have some sobering news, though. You are not the first, nor will you be the last, to write and publish a book – TODAY! So far this year, 2,396,061 books have been published, worldwide. How do you expect its possible for any one book to compete with numbers like that when searching for interested readers, not to mention buyers with money to spend? And how can any one author ever suppose their newly published book is better or more important than those other 2 million+ books, so much better that one author can expect readers, bloggers and reviewers to fall all over themselves in an attempt to help promote and publicize said book?
Many of these delusional, self-centred authors do exist, unfortunately … so many, in fact, that I feel the…
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Two days ago I wrote a blog post that proved to be the most popular, in terms of reach and reaction, of any I’ve ever written! Thanks to everyone who read, liked, shared, reblogged, followed my blog, and commented on it. I guess I hit a nerve with the topic of authors behaving badly and how to avoid becoming one. It seems this kind of behaviour is definitely prevalent and a problem on social media, because so many of you agreed with me and my guests who also offered quotes on experiences they’d had dealing with these self-centred authors.
I took a negative tact on that last post, because it’s a fun angle to come from with this kind of list, and I’ve had success with that approach in the past. It also allows me to write in a humorous and sarcastic voice – which I hope was the voice…
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Short stories are not usually a genre I would choose, but I did enjoy this interesting and varied collection. There are stories in this book that would resonate with everyone. The author’s clever perception of characters brings the stories to life. I particularly enjoyed ‘Fallen from Grace’ and ‘Hubert & Hector.’ ‘A Trip Down Memory Lane’ was touching and evocative. ‘Lost in Translation’ was a classic example of a husband not listening to his wife! How many times have we heard of this sort of thing happening? Several stories left me wanting more, for example – ‘Coyotes.’ I feel this one could have continued for a bit longer, but perhaps that’s just me. I recommend Impromptu Scribe as an easy to read, dip into book, and I am sure there is a wealth of stories yet to be written.