Candice: I spotted an interesting article about social media and ereaders on the BBC website the other day. Funnily enough Phil sent it to me too, if the husband knew we were this much on the same wave length I think he’d be worried!
Anyway, it is supposed be about the prevalence of ereaders, but actually its how the world of books is not coming to an end just because people aren’t buying ‘paper’ books. Of the authors mentioned at least half of their books have been sold online. It also talks about how social media is getting the word out there, as well as on-line reviews helping to sell.
It also mentions how this is helping new authors, who don’t have to just rely on that small budget campaign when everything is put into publicising the new Dan Brown.
Another interesting point is how men are using ereaders to hide what they are reading. No more hiding that dodgy chic lit book cover on the train, just load it on to your Kindle and you are off (Phil take note when doing your research)
So, we use social media – tick, we do our own marketing (you are reading it) and we have written a chick lit style book that will appeal to men as well as women that could just be downloaded.
Ah, one thing missing, the whole agent and book contract thingy.
We will take heart in the first author in this article, as we met him last year as Stratford Literary festival., has done rather well. SJ Watson did spend a lot of time talking about his job in the NHS but it sounds like his book has gone down rather well (Film deal and everything). Well done to the Literary Festival, look forward to seeing who you have coming this year.