It’s really bizarre. The last time I wrote on this blog was in June and I was writing about a guy call Gerard Jones who has the most wonderful literary/publishing website I’ve come across – full of names of literary agents and publishers everyonewhosanyone.com My last entry on that blog was “ Gerard Jones is one of the reasons I keep going looking for a literary agent or a publisher – after his book Ginny Good was rejected thousands of times, he finally got a publisher!”
But I didn’t pay any attention to my own words! I got disheartened, fed up and ran out of steam because I couldn’t find a literary agent to take on my book ‘Olga – A Daughter’s Tale’. It’s silly of me because even in that frame of mind I never had any doubts about the book. It’s quite simply a great story! And although literary agents may not like it, the public does. I’ve had some great reviews from members of the public and a couple of literary agents (who don’t think the time is right for a human interest story?). Anyway, I’m off again with Round 2 or is it 22:) And while I’m keeping you up to date with my marketing strategies for getting my book out there, I’ll sharewith you some great websites I’ve come across.
Although I stopped writing on this blog for a few months, I suppose I wasn’t completely disheartened, because I was still busy promoting my book. As a self-published author being responsible for my own marketing strategies, I decided to make my book ‘Olga – A Daughter’s Tale’ available for download onto e-book readers. I discovered Smashwords.com a website that makes it fast, free and easy to publish, distribute and sell your ebooks to a worldwide audience at the largest ebook retailers
All they ask is that you format your book to meet their requirements so they can convert it into different formats for e-book readers. All free.
REVIEW: ‘Olga – A Daughter’s Tale’ : I’ve really enjoyed reading your family story. It’s an incredible tale and it is really beautifully written. Unfortunately, I don’t think it is right for our list at this time. The majority of the memoirs we publish are very mass market – the type that are typically sold in supermarkets, which I don’t think is right for your story. I think it is a really fantastic book though and I wish you the best of luck with securing a publishing deal elsewhere. All the best Vicky McGeown Harper Collins UK