Phil: A few days, the postman delivered an exciting parcel to chez Parker. Inside was a rather excellent book ordered two days before.
The same day, my mother was dispatched to Waterstones to pick up a copy ordered a couple of weeks earlier.
“Why are you buying copies of your own book?” I hear you cry. “Is this an attempt to force it into the best seller charts?”
Not a bit of it. That would be cheating, underhand and also far too expensive.
No, all I wanted to do was make sure that the process of ordering physical copies actually worked. That and try to push the book into Amazon’s “People who bought this, also bought this…” section.
Anyway – buying from Amazon or Waterstones works. So what’s stopping you?
P.S. Signed copies also available. E-mail me.
Phil: Last week I gained a new Twitter follower. Pleasant enough, but there was a surprise attached.
My new friends last tweet was: “A very funny read: an horticulture agency, including plant pathology and redundancies!” along with a link to our book on Amazon.
I recognised the name as one of the scientists I’d worked with over 16 years ago in my days on the veg research IT helpdesk. Joana wasn’t one of our regular visitors (the one you remember with a shudder) so how had she found our book?
It turns out that it was all down to Leamington Spa railway station.
Platform 3 is home to a bookcase in the waiting room. People leave books and collect others, all free of charge. A few weeks ago, I’d dropped off a copy of Kate vs the Dirtboffins, complete with new cover in there. When I checked a couple of weeks later, it had gone and I wondered if the person who’d got it was enjoying the read.
It seems she was.
Not only that, but she passed it on to her friend Joana who suspected that HRI where she works and HRA in the book might be related!
The book has continued on its journey and a signed copy has been bought and dispatched. Giving away copies of your book pays off it seems. Best of all, I keep hearing, “We can’t wait to see what happens next.”
So Nolan, we better finish book 2!
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A big day today – Kate vs the Dirtboffins, the funniest novel you will read this year – IS OUT IN PAPERBACK!
Yes, you can head on down to your local Waterstones and order a real, physical copy for £7.99.
Check it out on the Waterstones website.
Or, if you are reading this at your desk and it’s wet outside, go to Amazon.
Check it out on the Amazon website.
And if you want the cheaper option, they have the Kindle version – and you can read our reviews!
Or if you’d like a signed copy, drop me an e-mail and I’ll sort it out post free.
That’s Christmas sorted then!
Phil: Exciting times for Team NolanParker – the paperback version of our novel has arrived!
While we might be very pleased with the e-book version, and it’s on over 100 reading devices now, for some jobs, only paper will do.
Let’s face it, we all like to hold a novel in our hands and if that novel is one you have written then it’s even more exciting.
So, working with Clink Street Publishing, we’ve created a real book. It’s has out new cover and inside you’ll find professionally laid out pages – the difference between these and my efforts is considerable. Not that mine were terrible, but there is an indefinable “something” that employing a professional brings to the job that makes it look and feel like a “proper” book.
The good news is that in a few weeks, the book will be orderable (ISBN 978-1-911110-42-2) from Waterstones and other high street book shops. We’ll also be happy to sell signed copies direct from this website as well for the same price. I’ll fill you in on this later but you need to start saving a tiny £7.99 for this…
Candice: I’ve been taking a good, hard look at book selling in the modern age. It seems to me there are two routes to success:
Be a celebrity. Phil hates this but you can’t deny that a famous name on the cover sells copies. Sadly, I didn’t end up writing with Joey Essex so that’s not going to work.
Create some word-of-mouth. Get people talking about your book and hopefully sales will grow by recommendation.
So, I have decided that we need to concentrate on reviews, not sales.
This sounds stupid. After all, we ought to be trying to sell books shouldn’t we? At this stage, I don’t think so. What I want to do is establish us as authors whose work people like. If we can get them hooked on our first book, selling the second one should be a lot easier.
So, we’ve decided to give the electronic copy away on 3 summer Sundays. We’ll plug it on various social media outlets, including our new Facebook page. There’s even a video of us waving the new look book around on there and Phil is fiddling with his camera to make some funny photos up.
What we need out of all this is a selection of reviews. We’ve got some good one so far now people are being bullied or bribed to do more than just read it. Even this is helping as people at work are now reading it on the recommendation of others!
Hopefully, once we’ve collected a healthy number, somewhere between 25 and 50 seems to be the target, sales will start to grow.
In the meantime, all the good feedback has encouraged us to get back to Book 2, so watch out for us holed up in a library any day soon.