I’ve decided to use my last couple of free promotion days together before they run out at the end of the month. I think it’s a case of trial and error and luck. My first two promotion days weren’t all that successful, but the one I did back in July was. I had 135 downloads in just under 24 hours, and managed to get a few reviews from it.
-I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read and review “The Defeatist” so far. It means a lot to me! (It has a 4.6* average rating on Amazon, and I can’t help but feel a little bit proud!)
Learning curves- Goodreads trolls.
Goodreads has taught me that there are trolls out there. I have to admit that I’m not very keen on using Goodreads as a platform. People seem to think that they can write whatever they want on there, or leave you a poor review, with no reason why.
An editor approached me on WordPress, offering her editorial services. I wanted to know more, so got in touch with her via my personal email. At first, she was pleasant enough and then we got onto pricing. She wanted to charge me approximately 1p per word. That seems like nothing, but “The Defeatist” is just over 98,000 words long, which would have amounted to £980! I have to admit, that I got cold feet and I basically told her thanks, but no thanks. I barely knew anything about her, and didn’t want to jump in at the deep end. Nothing more was said, until about a week later, I checked my Goodreads profile, and to my horror she’d left me a 2* rating. No comment, no constructive feedback, just a horrible, 2* review. My heart absolutely sank. It was so ironic; I’d actually spoken to her about people trolling authors work. I didn’t know what to do, I honestly felt absolutely devastated and stepped away from the internet for a while to decide what to do. I plucked up enough courage to ask her why, and she couldn’t even give me a straight answer. I decided to cut my losses as asked her to either : add a comment, or delete the bad rating. She chose the latter option.
-I’m always on the hunt for new book reviewers! If you’d be interested, please contact me on Twitter @SE_BownsFiction or Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/TheDefeatistNovel
I’d love to say that I’ve just started writing a new novel, but unfortunately, I haven’t had ‘that’ wave of inspiration yet! I’ve tried planning various ideas, but none of them have come to light yet. Perhaps I need a longer break. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to start planning and writing a new novel/ novella by the end of the year, but who knows?
Where can you download ‘The Defeatist’ ?
‘The Defeatist’ will be FREE on Amazon on :
Monday 17th August – Tuesday 18th August.
You can get your copies from Amazon from the following links :
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