#travellingbook 

A little while ago I had an idea. What if I left a copy of my book somewhere for someone else to read, and what if I ask them to pass it on to a friend, a stranger, whoever. And what if that person passed it on and so on…

The idea came about when I was trying to think of fun / different ways to get my book out in the public without constant salesy pitches on Facebook and Twitter. I’d ordered a handful of print books for various competitions I was part of and there were a few spare and so I thought let’s try and do something fun and creative with these books, and bingo, the #travellingbook came about. 

I mean, what’s the worse that could happen? Yes, the person picking it up may just chuck it in the bin…. and my #travellingbook would’ve got no further than the local dump or (and this is what I am counting on) the person could pick it up and actually read it and, hopefully, pass it on!

I plan to leave five books in various locations (three have already been left this week). I left a note in the book each time, explaining who I was  and giving instructions on what I would like them to do… in the hope I could generate some interest / buzz organically. 

I figured that I am a reader and I would love to find a book with a note from the author. I would like to think others would too. I guess there is a danger said book will remain with the first person who finds it,  but hopefully they will take part in the spirit of the #travellingbook and pass it on! 

I’m hoping I’ll get tagged in on people’s reviews, photos and comments of The Soul Guide but, hey, that could be wishful thinking too. I guess it all depends on the reader. 

For now I will wait and see what happens. Will The Soul Guide go on a journey or will it remain on someone’s bookshelf or worse, bin? Only time will tell! 

Here’s some photos of the start of their journey… 

Left on the top of a famous hill in Surrey….


Left in the changing rooms of a well known high street fashion store in London.

The third book was left in a well known high street coffee shop, also in London, but I wasn’t able to take a photo as it was way too obvious (I felt a bit daft and a bit self conscious too be honest).

I’ve two more books to leave somewhere random over the next few days.

Let me know if you are one of the finders! And of course, fingers crossed, where you left it or who you passed it onto. Oh, and don’t forget to tag me in on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or here on my blog #thesoulguideseries #travellingbook

Happy reading! 

So, apparently I’m a plankton!

As a self-published author I have come to learn a great deal. I’ve learnt that you can’t just be a writer, that you need to be a marketer, your own publicist, cover designer, blurb writer, formatter and promoter. You can’t sit back and tap away at your keyboard writing the next bestseller without putting in a lot of hard graft and time, often on things you don’t really know anything about (marketing / promoting for me… actually pretty much all of it).

Gone is the view that I’d release a book and become an overnight success. That just ain’t going to happen! These past few months, since The Soul Guide has been released, my rose-coloured glasses have well and truly come off.

THIS SELF-PUBLISHING LARK IS BLOODY HARD WORK!  It takes commitment, determination, a thick skin, pig-headedness and a little bit of crazy!

But, I’ve found that there are also loads of wonderful, supportive people out there (namely other self-published authors) who will do their best to help guide newbies like me through the brain-frazzling ride of becoming a ‘self-pubber’. These people will pick you up when you’re feeling down, throw you a lifeline when you think your book has finally slipped of the thirty-day cliff and generally give you lots of advice to help you keep on the right track. They will persuade you to keep going when all you want to do is jack it all in. Without these brilliant people I don’t think I’d still be here. I certainly didn’t think I could actually make any money out of it…. but after all the success stories I’ve seen and the discussions I’ve had with other authors, that doesn’t seem such a pipe dream now. I’m not expecting to make 100’s of thousands of pounds from my books, but being able to write for a living doesn’t seem a goal too far out of reach given the journeys of other authors who started out just like me.

To back this up, a group I am part of have a fun way to gauge their success.  It’s a pretty fishy list (no pun intended) It’s simple really, as you sell more books (and make more money) you move up a level or evolve into… yes, you guessed it… a bigger fish. I’m a newbie, and therefore right at the bottom of the scale. In actual fact, I am a ‘plankton’.

Essentially the list goes like this: The goal being that you get the next level.

2 figures a month: plankton
3 figures a month: prawn (500+= lobster)
4 figures a month: trout (5000+= rainbow trout)
5 figures a month: salmon
5 figures over 50k: dolphin
6 figures a month: whale
6 figures over 250K: Kelpie
7 figures a month: Kraken

Believe it or not, there are a few Kraken’s out there in the self-published market. These guys know exactly what they are doing, and are doing it very successfully every month, over and over again. A few of them hang around some Facebook groups sharing their wisdom for free. On these occasions I try not to act like a groupie, and just sit quietly stalking them! Joke! Of course I don’t stalk, I just hang around in the background paying attentionm, scribbling furious notes in the hope that at some point I can put some of their wisdom into action.

All kidding aside, it’s quite useful to have such a list to aspire too. I’ve never wanted to become a prawn as much as I do right now!

Whilst getting to Kraken level would be the ultimate, frankly I’d be happy with a steady Trout! Getting to that point would mean I could do writing full-time.

Still, for now it’s baby steps or fishy swims…. Besides, I’ve always loved prawns.

 

 

⭐️🌟⭐️🌟 Secrets and Souls cover reveal ⭐️🌟⭐️🌟


So, here it is. My Secrets and Souls cover! It’s beautiful don’t you think? I love the pop of yellow in the title to match the flair between the outstretched hands. I debated whether I should maintain the grey colour in the title of Secrets and Souls, but in the end went for the yellow! I’m hoping the colour will draw the eye! 

Below is The Soul Guide cover. I hope the branding is obvious… same font, layout, similar image. I’m hoping this will not only draw readers in, but will be easily recognisable as part of the same series. What do you think?


Secrets and Souls is a 36k novella set forty years before The Soul Guide. It delves a bit deeper into Mellissa’s mindset, Bertram and Mellissa’s relationship and the start of their journey together. There is a twist… I think this is becoming a signature of mine, but there are also some spoilers. If you haven’t already read The Soul Guide you might want to before you read Secrets and Souls. 

I will let you know as soon as it’s up for pre-order, but for now here’s the blurb: 

“You think I don’t know that you’re keeping secrets from me? I am not the only liar here…”

The last thing Bertram expected after his grandfather’s death was to find himself the owner of Clayhill Manor, a decrepit mansion with little going for it other than musty rooms filled with moth-eaten furniture and mice. But at least he gets to maintain the solitary life he’s used to. That is, until red-headed beauty, Mellissa, walks into his home and changes his life forever.  

With one touch of her hand, Bertram finds himself part of world he never knew existed. Where he is the Caretaker, and Mellissa the Soul Guide. Where doors appear out of nowhere and he’s the only one who can see them.  

Together they must face a strange new world hidden just beneath the surface. A world which contains the pure of soul and malevolent creatures that lurk in the dark.  

But Mellissa holds secrets within her, secrets that hurt her heart. With a past that she’s unwilling to share with a man who is falling in love with her, can they put their feelings aside and fulfil their roles or will her secrets tear them apart?  

Apart they are weak, together they are stronger, and the Mephisto are always watching.

COMING SOON! Secrets and Souls – The Soul Guide prequel.

On the 12th May I finished my first draft of Secrets and Souls – The Soul Guide prequel (yay, go me!). A couple days ago I finished the first round of edits and now its gone off for proof reading and plot hole spotting! This is the first time I’ve sent something of mine off to people who aren’t close friends and I am a little nervous to say the least. When I wrote The Soul Guide I had fun just letting go and doing what I wanted with the story, with no expectations other than to get it out there. I didn’t have anyone who’d already purchased my book, invested their time and spent a couple quid on it. Now, I have people who are (hopefully) looking forward to reading this prequel and, if I’m honest, I’m terrified they’re going to hate it or think that it’s just not as good as The Soul Guide!

It’s a bit of a risk popping a prequel out now when the series isn’t finished. But, there is method to my madness…. one, I’ve had a few requests for a Bertram and Mellissa story and two, it gave me the opportunity to introduce a group of people who will be resurrected in book two, which I am working on now.

As I anxiously bite my nails waiting on initial responses / thoughts I have kept myself busy with getting the cover done.  If I’m totally honest, I’m not sure The Soul Guide cover quite fits with the genre. That is, most urban/paranormal fantasy has a person on the front cover, normally dressed in leathers and wielding some weapon or other lol! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE these covers and they clearly work in attracting the right kind of readers, but that style didn’t seem to work for The Soul Guide. To be fair, I do have part of the human anatomy, even if it is just hands (lol). To keep in with the ‘branding’ of The Soul Guide, Secrets and Souls cover (I hope) will be distinguishable as a book belonging to the series. I’m just waiting on the final design to be finished and then I will be revealing all soon!!! SO WATCH THIS SPACE.

One thing that has, slightly, put a spanner in the works is how the prequel is labelled on Amazon. Currently, The Soul Guide is labelled this way: The Soul Guide (The Soul Guide Series Book 1) . Now the prequel, chronologically is pre The Soul Guide (book 0, if we’re talking numbers), but Amazon don’t allow this.  I can keep it as part of the Series, but it will appear as ‘book 2’ that is, when someone views Secrets and Souls it will appear under the series section and it will look very nice sitting next to The Soul Guide. However, this can, and most likely, will be confusing for potential readers who may completely miss the PREQUEL part of the tile – Secrets and Souls: The Soul Guide Prequel (The Soul Guide Series Book 2) and will be thoroughly confused when they read it. So, after much too-ing and fro-ing, I have decided to exclude it from the ‘official’ series, instead marking it up as Secrets and Souls: The Soul Guide Prequel. It will still be on my author page, and will be a part of the series, but won’t be recorded on Amazon as such. I’m hoping this will be received ok? There’ll be only one way to find out and that is publish, and  see what happens! That’ll teach me for bringing a prequel out before the series is finished!

Anyhow, what’s next?

  1. Cracking on with book two of The Soul Guide series (title tbc). Now I can really get stuck in to completing book two. I’m excited about this book, it has A LOT more action in it. More characters and more twists and turns….I cannot wait to share this with you all! I am hoping, all fingers crossed, it will be available later this year. BUT, I am not the fastest writer in the world, so I can’t promise you! Plus (eek, I’m not sure why I do it too myself) I’ve got some other writing projects coming up this year…. **face palm**

2. Yep I’ve signed up to two new projects in conjunction with some other wonderful self-published authors. The first is a project titled ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’. This is a box set (my first!). Twelve authors are partaking and each of us have taken a day, and will write a short story / novelette / novella based on the day we have. Mine is ‘five gold rings’ and I already have something in mind! The great thing about this is that each author has total control of their story and its content, AND can even relate it to a novel they’ve already written! Without going into too much detail the character my story will revolve around is Victor! So, watch this space!

The next project is called ‘Hidden’ where another group of authors (some from the Twelve Days of Christmas box set) will all write a 5k-20k story that will be called, yes you guessed it, Hidden! Each story will be completely standalone and likely to have varying genres. This isn’t a box set, we will all self-publish our own stories and have full creative control, but we will all be helping to promote each other’s story! I have a ‘dystopian’ story that has been percolating in the background whilst I’ve been writing The Soul Guide, and one which I may well turn into another series. But, for now, I will concentrate on getting Hidden written and try not to get ahead of myself!

As you can see, I have quite a bit of work ahead of me, and not a lot of time to do it in! If I’m totally honest, I’m petrified that I’m not going to make the deadlines, and although they are all the latter part of this year, I know how quickly time runs away.  So, I better sign off and get typing! See you soon at the Secrets and Souls cover reveal!

Kelly x

 

 

Goodreads Giveaway – we have a winner…

Today I received an email from the Goodreads team with the details of my giveaway winner. For obvious reasons, I can’t give full details of the winner but I can tell you that the The Soul Guide will be winging its way to a gentleman in Atlanta, US!

So, dear winner (you know who you are) if you ever get to read this, congratulations. I truly hope you enjoy reading my book!

I said in a previous post that I would report back about my observations on a Goodreads Giveaway. The competition ran from the 5th April to the 6th May and I received 815 entries. Which, although peanuts in comparison to other authors, I was pretty blinking chuffed with. To me, that’s 815 people who were interested enough in my book to want to win it and that, in my opinion, is only a good thing.

So here’s what I learnt:

  1. Do not restrict the countries you open the competition too. Open it out to everyone! I just opened to US and UK residents. I don’t know why I didn’t open to all. I think, in retrospect, it was because it was my first competition and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Which actually doesn’t make any logical sense, when I think about it now. Given I am paying for the postal cost and of course, the print copy of the book why did it matter where in the world the winner was?! Next time – open out to all countries.
  2. I put the competition up for a month. Which, seemed like a great idea at the time. My logic was the longer its up there the more time people will have to enter and therefore more entries. However, from what I can gather from the stats most of my entries were within the first few days of the competition going up and the last few days before it ended. This makes sense given the four categories are Ending Soon, Most Requested, Popular Authors and Recently Listed. Given my book wouldn’t fall into the middle two categories it would only be seen in the Ending Soon and Recently Listed. Therefore listing the book for a shorter period of time would probably have generated more entries as it would be visible in both sections. I can only know for sure by doing another Goodreads Giveaway, so I will feedback once I do. Next time: shorter competition period – two weeks max.
  3. Advertising the Giveaway. I didn’t do much by way of advertising the Giveaway. I posted a widget here on my website, posted on my Facebook and Twitter page periodically and mentioned in my Newsletter. I think because it was going on for a month I didn’t have the impetus to keep on posting, tweeting etc about it. Plus it felt like I was blowing my own trumpet and I’m not so great at that. Next time: shorter competition length, more regular (timed) tweets / posts to engage interest. 
  4. Out of the 815 people who entered 350 ‘added’ my book to their list of books, and 335 to their ‘to read’ list. That’s approx 40 % of people who entered who will, hopefully, at some point read my book. I can’t be disappointed with that. However, this is assuming of course they decide to do that. Some may lose interest and not bother. But I’ve got to hope at least a handful with go on to buy and review The Soul Guide. We’ll see. I will certainly feedback with any figures.

All in all, I found that the Goodreads Giveaway was quite successful. I’ve learnt what to do differently next time and it’s proved to be just another step in getting The Soul Guide out into the consciousness of the reading population. I do hope the winner enjoys reading The Soul Guide at least!

Oh, and whilst I’m talking about competitions. There is still a competition happening on my Facebook page to win a signed copy of The Soul Guide and help me find a title to my prequel novella. Head on over here for your chance to enter.  The competition is the pinned post on my page. GOOD LUCK!

Kilarney, Ireland and the inspiration I found there…

Today, I am flying back home following a long weekend to Kilarney, Ireland for a friends wedding. It has been a fantastic weekend of merriment with friends, and the Irish have been nothing but welcoming and warm. They sure now how to party! I’m still recovering! 

Whilst I’ve been here my husband and I took the opportunity to take a look around Kilarney National park, home to Muckcross Abbey and surrounding lakes. 

I have to say, I was completely blown away by the beauty, grandeur and spriritual feel of the Abbey. I felt something as soon as I walked in there. I’m not religious, I don’t believe in God, but I do believe that a person’s soul can leave a mark on this world long after it’s physical body has departed. I really got a sense of lives long since passed the moment I walked into the building. It gives me chills now thinking about it. 

You know when you walk into a place and it just feels different, like your being watched. Well I got that feeling in spades. I suppose it could have been the other tourists (lol) but you get what I mean. The Abbey has history and some of it pretty gruesome. If walls could talk and all…But I didn’t feel scared at all, far from it in fact. I got that buzz other writers might recognise. The one where your fingers are itching to to jot down ideas… I stepped through the arched doorway and all of a sudden I had a million ideas buzzing around my head, and well, when I entered the central courtyard which held the beautiful, old, twisted Yew tree at its heart I almost jumped up and down in joy! This place had to appear in a future novel. It was perfect! 

Anyhow, I needed to tell you how blinking amazing it was. Below are some photos…. maybe they’ll spark an idea in you too? 

It’s competition time…

I’ve almost finished my Mellissa and Bertram novella, set forty years before The Soul Guide and in light of this (and because I need a bit of help) I have set up a competition to win a signed paperback copy of The Soul Guide on my Facebook author page here

To enter, head on over to my facebook page, like me (please) and follow the rules listed in the pinned post. To give you a bit of background I have been going around in circles trying to think up a suitable title for this novella. For some reason completely unknown to me, I suck at this. Words are supposed to be my thing right? Clearly thinking up a catchy title isn’t!

Anyway, to try and help me out, and to gain some interaction with readers (I hope) I have set up this competition. I posted this competition on the 21st April and so far no-one has entered (I’m not actually sure whether to laugh or cry) but of course it’s early days and perhaps there’s a ton of people thinking up stuff and just waiting to post. That’s what I keep telling myself anyway 😉

This could, of course, go horribly wrong and no-one will enter and I will look like a first class wally! If it fails then I haven’t really lost anything, except perhaps my pride. But, its worth a shot. I’m doing all I can to engage readers and I hope this will work towards that. So anyways, the rules of the competition are as follows:
1. Only ONE entry per person, so make sure it’s a good one!
2. If you haven’t already you must like this page to enter.
3. The title MUST have three words, this is to keep it in style with book one and the rest of the series.
4. You can’t copyright a title so once I’ve chosen there’s no coming back with any claim to rights etc. I will, however, mention your name in my acknowledgement page (and of course thank you profusely)
5. You must post your competition entry in the comment below this thread. No other comments in the thread please other than competition entry titles.
6. Feel free to share
7. The competition will close on the 14th May 2017
8. The winner will be notified by the 19th May 2017
9. If there are not enough entries or none of the entries are suitable I reserve right to close the competition without choosing any of the titles. I will however, randomly select one of the entries to receive a signed paperback anyway.
10. This is NOT open to family and friends of the author. Sorry peeps just to keep things fair and transparent
11. By entering this competition you are agreeing to all of the above

To help you out, below is a short synopsis of the prequel. This is set forty years before The Soul Guide and both Bertram and Mellissa are in their early twenties. You would be at a distinct advantage if you’ve already read The Soul Guide, but it is not a requirement to enter this competition.

Synopsis
After the reading of his grandfathers will, a grief stricken Bertram finds himself moving into the decrepit Clayhill Manor as per his grandfathers request.

Shortly after his arrival, red-headed beauty, Mellissa, whirls into his life and changes his world forever. After their first touch their connection is sealed and it is revealed that she is The Soul Guide, and Bertram the Caretaker.
A tentative friendship is formed as they both come to terms with their new roles. When a door suddenly appears in the grounds of Clayhill some weeks later, their peaceful life is upended once again. Mellissa, troubled by her past and Bertram’s growing feelings for her, leaves through the door seeking answers. Left alone, Bertram struggle’s with his unrequited love for Mellissa. Apart they are weak, together they are stronger and the Mephisto are always watching.

All postage will be paid by moi.

GOOD LUCK folks! I look forward to seeing what you come up with ☺️

 

Not quite a You Tuber, but…

The last couple days I’ve been pondering ways to get The Soul Guide out there in the consciousness of the general public. There are so many outlets both paid and unpaid, but I wanted to try something different. At least different to what I’ve done already. I am a big lover of Instagram (connect to my page here) though I always thought it was a better promotional tool for artists rather than writers. My husband, by the way, is an amazing artist and has his own Instagram page here. He paints portraits and is pretty blinking amazing at it, but I digress.

Anyhow, I suddenly had an epiphany. There really aren’t any independent books stores near me where I can do a book reading and so, I thought, why not use the one minute you get in Instagram to read an excerpt of The Soul Guide? Apart from getting trolled what did I have to lose? I’m old enough now to take any critism on the chin, and rather than just pictures I hope that this would connect me more to my readers.

So, I’ve just uploaded a little video of me reading an excerpt of The Soul Guide. Despite my weird sounding voice (why does it always sound so bizarre when you hear your own voice back?) and unprofessional video, I’m glad I did it.

My aim is to get my book out there… and I’m hoping that this will be a fun way of doing it.  Who knows maybe I can make it a regular occurance. Let’s see.

Until next time folks!

April Promotions #3

What have I learnt in March?

Well, in terms of sales, March was a pretty quiet month for The Soul Guide. I had some buys, about 40 and a couple thousand Kindle unlimited (KU) page reads but in comparison to February it was a bit of a disappointment considering the ‘paid for’ advertising I did. Don’t get me wrong, at this early stage it isn’t about making money, its about getting my book read. That is the most important thing to me right now.

Just to give you an idea of royalty payments, out of a 99p e-book sale I get about 35p! That’s it, so this really isn’t a money spinner (although I am forever hopeful that one day it might be). In addition, every page read in KU amounts to approx 0.05p so ALOT of pages need to be read via KU for it to be profitable. I’ve had approx 5,500 page reads since The Soul Guide was released on the 18th Feb, which equates to about £22.00! But it’s better than nothing, and if I didn’t put my book in Kindle Select then this would have been a big fat zero! So, I’m not complaining.

Given the nose dive that was March, I resolved to up my marketing and promotion without having to pay as much. I joined a fair few closed facebook groups for authors, one being 20Booksto50k (this is an AMAZING indie-author group full of fantastic advise – if you are an author I urge you to join) as well as some genre specific groups in SciFi and Fantasy. It is here that I found some super promotions to join. I’ve listed them all below and the links to the relevant pages for those of you who are readers and want to get some free / discounted reads:

APRIL PROMOTIONS

Just click on the highlighted link and it will take you to the relevant page:

The Prolific Reader – An Instafreebie repository

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There are well over 400 free e-books / excerpts available to download via The Prolific Reader, which is an Instafreebie repository. So far this has been the most successful promotion for me to date. I have had approx 250 people sign up for my newsletter in March alone via The Prolific Reader. Really pleased with the results.

Kindle Unlimited promo via SFF Book Bonanza April.

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This Kindle Unlimited promo was organised by Dean Wilson, another successful SciFi/Fantasy author. I am told that there aren’t many KU promo’s around so I was pleased to get in on this one. This month I have seen a real spike in KU page reads. I have had more KU page reads from 1st April to date, than I did in the whole month of March so I am super chuffed with this!

Epic Worlds Instafreebie Giveaway.

This was set up by another author Brian Ference. This promo is another one that links with Instafreebie, so you click on a book hosted in Brian’s website and it connects you to that free book or excerpt on Instafreebie. This doesn’t officially start until April 19th and will last through to May 19th so I will feed back with the results of this in my next Promotions blog. There’s a great selection of SciFi/Fantasy novels / excerpts from 80+ authors to download FREE! Worth a look for sure.

SFF 99c Promotion 10-16 April

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Another fantastic promotion set up by Dean Wilson. There are 30 + books / box sets available to download for just 99c (mine being one of them) during this week only. Be sure to grab a bargain! In terms of generating e-book sales, this has gained me a few sales and there are still two days left, so hopefully some more will occur over the weekend!

Multi Indie Author Sale Event.

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This fabulous event takes place on the 19th & 20th April, and has been set up by author Samantha A Cole. There are over 110 authors participating whose books are either on special offer for $0.99 or FREE to download on these two days only! If you click on the link during those days you will find a whole host of books from different genres.

In addition, there will be a

FACEBOOK EVENT  – https://www.facebook.com/events/1347821225278586 Join us for two days of author takeovers, contests, and all around fun!  

RAFFLECOPTER – Want to earn chances to win the grand prize of an Amazon Gift Card valued at $100, then check out our Rafflecopter link. There are hundreds of ways for you to earn a chance to win and find new authors at the same time! http://gvwy.io/q8lpu6l

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

In addition to the above promotions, I was also featured on Mercedes Fox website. Read my author interview here. I thoroughly enjoyed this interview. It’s a fantastic way to get to know other authors and for potential readers to get to know me!

All in all, I think I have done the best I can to get The Soul Guide out there in front of more readers I otherwise wouldn’t have if I hadn’t taken part in these promotions. There is still work involved, I have to make sure that I remember to post on my social media accounts as well as include in my newsletter and here on my blog. But, you get back what you put in and at spending no more than $5 this month on advertising and already seeing results I cannot complain!

This is clearly the way to go! On that note, I’ve already joined up to some promo’s in May too, so look out for these next month 🙂

 

Until next time folks!!

 

 

 

GOODREADS GIVEAWAY…

Hello all! If you hadn’t already figured out, this week my blog post is about Goodreads Giveaway’s. During my journey as a self-published author I’ve read that doing a Goodreads Giveaway is a sure fire way of getting your book noticed by the voracious Goodreads members. I am aware that just because people enter the competition it won’t necessarily mean an uptake in sales, but it certainly helps to get my book out in the consciousness of the general public and with over 25 million members that has to be worth it right?!

So, of course, as soon as the paperback was ready for The Soul Guide I decided to do my own giveaway! What have I got to lose?

At the moment only paperbacks can be entered into a Giveaway (I understand an e-book giveaway is in BETA testing currently, although their appears to be a cost for this service). As the author, I am responsible for setting up the giveaway, deciding how many books to give out and which countries to include. For this giveaway I decided to just include US and UK as this is where the most of my e-book sales have happened, and I just wanted to test the waters because it’s my first giveaway. Dependent on how successful (or not) this giveaway will be I will review it for the next time. 

So, from 6th April until the 6th May 2017, members of the US and UK can enter for a chance to WIN a signed copy of The Soul Guide. If you are reading this on a desktop then look to the sidebar —————————> and you can click on the giveaway link to enter.

If you’re reading on a phone then that might not be visible so follow click ***HERE*** to enter.  

In actual fact, when I first heard that this was an option on Goodreads I was pretty surprised. I had no idea that the Goodreads Giveaway’s existed and I’ve been a member for some time. Granted, I wasn’t the most engaged member (I tend to use it to read other people’s reviews for books I’m considering reading) so that may account for my lack of knowledge. However, I hope to rectify that now.

To be honest, finding out about these hidden gems has only really happened since becoming a self-published author. I’ve found out tremendous amounts and when I gear myself up for my next release I think I will be in a much better position in getting the launch right (I hope, fingers crossed and all that). 

For now, whilst I’m still writing book two of the series, and the prequel I will keep plugging The Soul Guide as best I can. Imminently, I’m going to start a ‘small successes’ page (find it on the top of the site- once I figure out how to do it) where I can log my successes so far. I kinda pinched this idea from a closed Facebook Group I’m a member of where we all post our ‘small successes’ but I think it would be great to record my own here, even if it is only me that reads them! ;0)

Also, whilst I’m on the subject of Goodreads Giveaways there are a load of other books available and I think it only fair to provide the link to theirs too. I’m all for supporting other authors…. so click ***HERE*** to go to the main giveaway page. 

Of course, if you’re not successful in winning this competition, then The Soul Guide is still available to download! 😉

To those of you who enter……. GOODLUCK!