This is (mainly) an unashamed plug for ‘A Bit about Britain’s History’, the book. (No, no – the film’s not out yet, thank you for asking). So if you know all there is to know about British history (because you’ve read the book, or possibly paid attention at school), look away now – an article about an Interesting Place will follow eventually, probably by the end of the week.
Anyway, I’ve been playing with some software, new to me, to produce a series of book adverts. These will be featured on Facebook and Twitter, along with extracts of some of the lovely reviews the book has had. Being the nice, considerate, sort of chap I am, I’m giving you a sneak preview. You will also be able to spot them over on Twitter and Facebook; did I mention that?
If you have bought the book, in paperback or as an e-book, thank you very much indeed. If you’ve bought more than one, thank you more than once. And a further thank you if you have left a kind review, on Amazon, Goodreads, or elsewhere. Reviews are important for all authors, of course. But to the self-published author, bereft of the benefits of a publisher’s marketing machine, they are like rocket-fuel to a Mars mission. Urban legend has it that once a book achieves 50 Amazon reviews, Amazon starts to take it seriously. No one outside Amazon knows if this is true, but go on – humour me.
Someone mildly chastised me the other week, for suggesting books could be bought from Amazon rather than from a bookshop. They were right. And they were wrong. They were right because of course on-line sales are helping to kill our high streets. Yet Amazon provides benefits that bookshops do not, currently, match – not least the ability to publish your books. By the same token, you cannot beat browsing through a really good, independent, bookshop and splashing out on a couple of items – new, or second-hand, it doesn’t matter. I know a wonderful bookshop exactly like that, the Book Lounge, which also offers the luxury of good coffee (and possibly a little something to nibble as well), to be enjoyed in a comfy chair post-purchase. Moreover, the proprietor is discerning enough to stock ‘A Bit About Britain’s History’ and, consequently, we help promote each other. I’d like to do more of that – so if you own a bookshop in the UK, and would seriously like to stock ‘A Bit About Britain’s History’, get in touch via the contact page. Please don’t forget to include your bookshop’s website address.