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MAKING A LIVING AS A WRITER

BY GERALDINE ON 15TH JUNE 2011 •( 1 COMMENT )

You want to make a living as a writer? Here’s the route I went.

After years of being a dilettante, from the age of thirty I wrote a book a year for six years. Totally failed. Until I sold the sixth book, a romance, called Land of Dreams, to Robert Hale. For the fabulous, unforgettable sum (well, I never forgot it!) of £100. Yes. That’s right. £100. That’s around US$160. Or it was. God knows what it is now!

As you might guess, my sales were negligible. The marketing less than nil.

I’ve been published by small/medium independents (Hale and Severn House). By big players (Macmillan and St Martin’s Press). By audio and large print publishers (Isis Soundings and Ulverscroft respectively). But, you know what? All of these so-called experts had one thing in common: they not only didn’t know how to market me. They didn’t market me.

Since I’ve taken the ebook route I’ve marketed myself. I’ve done a blog tour,  I’m on Facebook, though my tweeting leaves something to be desired. I post on kindle boards and respond to other posts. I’m on Librarything, Goodreads and the Red Room. I have this website and I send out an irregular newsletter (sign-up: http://eepurl.com/beYGIP)

And you know what? I sell far more books than the publisher ‘experts’ ever did. For relatively little effort.

Hey, I’m no expert. I’m no marketing guru. I’m not even J A Konrath! But I have learned one thing from experience over the last ten years (was it really nine months since I posted this? Things have got worse. A lot worse).

And that is that any ebook (but not likely if it’s your only book) that is well-written, that entertains and that has been professionally edited and e formatted, with a professionally-designed cover – will sell and sell well enough to give you the living you never managed when you were print-published by the so-called professionals.

Go figure.

 

 

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I’m a British crime author. If you like Procedurals that are quirky and kind of Cozy, you’ll like mine. A Little Laughter. A Little Mayhem. A Little MURDER. . . Detective Inspector Joe Rafferty comes from a clan who think — if they MUST have a copper in the family — he might at least have the decency to be a BENT one. The Rafferty & Llewellyn British Mystery Series: Dead Before Morning #1 Down Among the Dead Men #2 Death Line #3 The Hanging Tree #4 Absolute Poison #5 Dying For You #6 Bad Blood #7 Love Lies Bleeding #8 Blood on the Bones #9 A Thrust to the Vitals #10 Death Dues #11 All the Lonely People #12 Death Dance #13 Deadly Reunion #14 Kith & Kill #15 Asking For It #16 The Spanish Connection #17 Game of Bones #18 The Casey & Catt British Mystery Series Up in Flames #1 A Killing Karma #2 Biographical Historical Fiction and more. Check out my books: https://.geraldineevansbooks.com View all posts by geraldine

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A mystery author (mostly). I’m British of Irish extraction. My main character is DI Joe Rafferty. JR comes from a family not averse to a little gentle law-bending, and who thinks–if he must be a cop–he might at least have the decency to be a bent one. Half and half procedural and cozy, so if you like quirky/witty, you’ll like mine. A Little Laughter. A Little Mayhem. A Little MURDER. . . The Rafferty and Llewellyn mystery series has 18 novels so far. I also write the Casey and Catt mystery series, Biographical Historical Fiction, Clean and Wholesome Romance, Romantic Suspense, and Non-Fiction. You can sign up for my (irregular) Newsletter here: NEWSLETTER SIGN UP LINK: http://eepurl.com/beYGIP

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