Saturday, April 14, 2012

Launching an e-Book

Although I've been a freelance writer for many years, being a published novelist of e-books is a newer experience. I was thrilled when my Regency intrigue, Dangerous Deceit, came out with Champagne Books last year, but I had a lot to learn about this new world of promoting e-books! It's been a fascinating, enjoyable and sometimes frustrating journey.

Now it's almost one year on, and I had another e-book to launch on an unsuspecting public - a tween novel this time. So older, wiser (hopefully) and with many more online friends and colleagues from around the world (I'm in Scotland), I launched into an online party celebration yesterday. I find this the most successful way to stir up interest and a buzz about the relevant book, but I make it interactive and fun. I also made a trailer to entice people to read more!

And by any standards it has been very successful. I've been so grateful for all the wonderful support from the lovely people I've met online, as well as those I know personally. I thought the fact it's a tween book might be more difficult to sell - maybe young people still prefer print. But even there, I've been pleasantly surprised. Lots of adults wanted the book, but many of them think their children or grandchildren might like it too. One Scottish friend just told me her two sons (10 and 12) downloaded it to their kindle after watching the trailer - and they usually don't agree on any reading material!

Everything we do as a writer, and then promoter, is so worthwhile when we find out readers want our books and then enjoy them, or even recommend them to others. And that's what it's all about. We enjoy writing and we really hope that someone, somewhere will enjoy reading our words. So a huge thank you to any readers out there!

Rosemary

Dangerous Deceit, Champagne Books and Amazon
Summer of the Eagles, MuseItUp and Amazon

6 comments:

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

Good party yesterday. Your country spawns a lot of good writers. Must be all that cold weather! Aren't you glad now to be counted among them?

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks for your support, Julie!

Jude Johnson said...

Congrats, Romy. Looks like you garnered definite attention for Summer of the Eagles. Oh and I'm an Eagle, by the way! ;-)

I'm in the process of finding images for my newest release and the next due in July. While I guess it's a bit tardy to have a party for the one just out, I think I'll have a Double Whammy event closer to the next book's date.

Your blog post was lovely and really invited readers to join in the fun. I can only hope to emulate your example!

Well done, you!

~Jude

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks for your lovely comment, Jude!

Big Mike said...

Interesting note. When I first became published my paperbacks out sold E format 3 to 1. Five years later, the trend has reversed. Reflects the nature of the market, don't ya think?

Michael Davis (Davisstories.com)
Author of the Year (2009)
Award of Excellence (2011)

Rita Bay said...

Wishing you the best of luck with your new book, Romy. Rita