Books, books, books!

Next week is the London Book Fair at Olympia.  Interesting, informative and a must attend event for me, representing The Story Bazaar and ‘The Village’, you might think.  I, unfortunately, will be unavoidably housebound ( a modern Cinderella tied to the keyboard instead of the hearth ).  But all is not lost.  The world of independent publishing is nothing if not imaginative and, alongside the mainstream publishing event is an online independent authors conference books2which transmutes, on Friday, into a live event at Foyles ( which I hope to attend, so I might get to go to the ball after all ).

IndieReCon, as it’s known, is run by the Alliance of Independent Authors ( my trade association, see the crest at the foot of this site ) and, because it’s on-line, is both a global and a twenty four hours a day event.  Last year’s event saw 25,000 people, worldwide, take part.  I suspect that at least some of them were wearing pyjamas at the time.  The trick is to scour the three days of schedules beforehand to identify what you want to participate in ( Webinars, live sessions, live chat ) and what you can download or access later ( blogs, vlogs, videos and recorded interviews ).  I may be setting the alarm clock for some of the former – there’s a Masterclass in ‘e’ and printed book design, for example, coming live from New York at 2 a.m. on Thursday morning which I don’t want to miss. Later that same day, at a more civilised time for London, I’ll be catching up on Authors Rights with a video at 1.30 p.m. and a webinar on Online Bookstores at 4 p.m..

The ‘conference’ is free and you don’t have to be an ALLi  member to join in, so, if any readers fancy taking a look at the world of indie publishing, take a look at the web-site.

As regards my own book – ‘The Village’ currently sits at ranking number 98,072 in Kindle’s list of over 2 million books.  You will find the ranking under the Product Details section of my book’s Amazon page ( lower down the screen ). Now that it has achieved a rank it’s time for me to become rather more active in publicising it.  Over the next few days I’ll be e-mailing all my contacts to tell them about the publication – I apologise in advance if readers of this blog receive the news again.  It will be interesting to see whether or not this prompts sales and, if it does, just how this impacts on my book’s ranking.  I’ll report back at a later date.

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