Yesterday, my new e-book for middle grade readers, Bully at Ambush Corner, was to be released and available in all formats—Kindle, Nook, I-Pad, and Sony. Well, the publisher had a glitch and it didn’t happen as planned. However, last night it did appear on Amazon and is available for Kindle. Even though I’ve had eight books published, it was a thrill to see my first e-book pop up on the screen.
This has been a journey filled with anticipation and trepidation. Anticipation, because I am dipping my little piggy toe into the waters of self-publishing and hoping those waters are warm and welcoming. Trepidation, because the failure or success of an e-book rests mostly with the author and on the quality of his or her writing, editing, marketing, and promotion.
Marketing and promotion? ACK! But authors live to WRITE, my writerly self whispers in my ear. If writers wanted to be in marketing and promotion, they would have gone into those professions right out of high school or college and would be making oodles more money than the average writer makes. Right?
The book world has changed. Today, even traditional publishers require authors to promote their own books. So e-book authors count on a network of friends and colleagues to help spread the word across the Internet universe. Word of mouth—the best way to create a buzz and a demand.
Bullying is a serious topic. Although I have no expectations that my book will change lives, if it does no more than provide understanding and entertainment, I’ll be satisfied. But it won’t do even that if readers don’t know it exists. Connecting books and readers— a job made easier with the help of friends.
I offer up a heartfelt thank you to all those who helped me get Bully to this point. And thanks to those who will help readers find my e-book and perhaps give the young victims of bullying—and their tormentors—a few hours of pleasure and, perhaps, a smidgen of understanding.
Although Amazon allows you to peek inside the book and read the first chapter, to help spread the word myself I am offering a free copy of Chapter One of Bully at Ambush Corner to the first 25 people who leave a comment on this post. The chapter will be a PDF file attached to an e-mail, so be sure to include your e-mail address with your comment to receive your copy.