Meet don’t Tweet (old fashioned marketing)

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I’ve been trying to sell my novel Purple for the past two years and I have to admit it’s not been a thrilling experience. There’s something about self-promotion that makes me feel uneasy. Whether it’s person to person or via social media I often find myself tongue-tied and self-conscious. Twitter and Facebook don’t excite me and I’m not inspired to write regular blogs. When I do get free time I want to spend it working on my next novel. I know I’m not unique…there are loads of writers who feel the same way.

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Writing can be lonely. I’m not the kind of person who can sit in a coffee shop and knock out a couple of chapters over a latte. Most of the time I need solitude, but there’s a danger this can lead to isolation.

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I told my friend Paul about this predicament and he immediately came up with an answer. Paul’s a talented artist and he’s used to selling his work. “Maybe you could switch off the computer and try something different?” he said.

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Paul suggested a walking tour of central London handing out flyers. His idea to take a route that incorporated many of the locations mentioned in Purple was truly brilliant.

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So, a couple of weeks ago, we met at London Bridge Station. Our journey took us along the South Bank to the Tate Modern (where we stopped for lunch). We headed over Waterloo Bridge, through Theatreland, into Covent Garden and Soho. Next stop was Leicester Square and then the Underground to Clapham Common. Clapham is where the Purple action begins and ends – if you want to know more you could always read the book 🙂

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I want to say a massive thanks to my mate Paul who came with me and to all the lovely people we met along the way. It was a brilliant day and my most enjoyable marketing experience to date. We distributed nearly one thousand flyers and three days later Purple appeared in two of Amazon’s bestseller charts!

I’d call that a huge success!

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Perfect timing!

Clear The Confusion

 

Thank you Lynn Worton for taking the time to read and review Purple on your brilliant blog! Writing can be a hard slog sometimes with moments of annoying self-doubt. I’m working on something new and lately I’ve been struggling to stay focused. I’m regularly blown away by people’s generosity and encouragement, and reviews like this clear away the confusion and keep me believing. Thanks, Lynn, this came at just the right time!

 

 

Lynn is an avid reader and reviewer and loves different genres. Her favourites are: Fantasy, YA, Dystopian, Thrillers, Mystery, Romance/Erotica, Action, Adventure, Crime, Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Paranormal, Supernatural, Children’s books and some Horror. Here’s a link so you check it out for yourself.

 

 

 

Here’s what Lynn has to say about Purple.

 

Purple by Graham J. Sharpe

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.



 

This YA Fantasy book was an unexpected delight to read! I really enjoyed it. There are four main characters, Ellie, Midge, Scott and Marty. I liked them all very much. Ellie is a very level-headed young lady. Midge came across as a bit of a clumsy clot, but I found her bumbling quite endearing. Scott is an enterprising young man, with a good head for business. And Marty is a fine young man who has flashes of inspiration at odd moments.



 

Set in London, England, this tale was extremely eerie in places. I found that I couldn’t put it down! Imagine waking up to find that all adults from the ages 18 to 65 have disappeared. This would be a teenager’s dream, or so you would think! These four characters find themselves being drawn into a mystery that brings them together on adventure into the spiritual and metaphysical.

 

There are some very unusual characters in this book that also play their part. Mr. Rupert, an 84 year-old hairdresser, Pearl, an outspoken tea lady and June, a psychic. These characters all have their quirks, but I really liked Mr. Rupert. He made me laugh!


 

As this story is told from four points of view, the reader gets to see each of the main characters and how their lives are affected by the Purple fog. There are several twists and turns that surprised me, and kept me reading until the end.



 

Graham J. Sharpe has written an entertaining and thought provoking read. He has imbibed his story with charm and wit, but it also has an important message for the young readers.
I highly recommend this book to young readers between the ages of 11 and 16, but adults would enjoy this book too! – Lynn Worton

 

 

Purple Dragonfly Book Awards…and some Amazing News! (Update)

DSC02476Purple Dragonfly Book Awards…it’s official!

I’m still over the moon to announce that Purple is a winner in the 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards 🙂

I’ve now received official notice, and my certificates, from Linda F. Radke, President of Five Star Publications. Here’s what Linda has to say…(it sounds much better coming from Linda because if I said this I’d sound like a big show-off-smarty-pants).

“Judges of the 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in children’s literature, have spoken, and Purple by Graham J. Sharpe won first place in the Young Adult Fiction category.  It was also placed second in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category and second-tie in the Spiritual/Religious category.

“Winning any place in the Purple Dragonfly Contest is a huge honour because in order to maintain the integrity of the Dragonfly Book Awards, a minimum score of 72 out of 80 must be earned for a first-place award, 64 out of 80 for a second place and 56 out of 80 for an honourable mention – even if it is the sole entry in a category,” explains Linda F. Radke, president of Five Star Publications, Inc., the sponsor of the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards. “Competition is steep, too, because there is no publication date limit as long as the book is still in print.”

Purple’ is a fantasy novel set in modern day London. Originally intended as young adult fiction it’s now receiving reviews from readers of all ages. With a cast of quirky characters and plenty of sharp dialogue this paranormal mystery beautifully combines the supernatural with a touch of humour to create an inspirational adventure with a spiritual message. It can be purchased from Amazon as an eBook download or paperback.’

For a complete list of winners including first and second places and honourable mentions, visit www.FiveStarBookAwards.com and click on “Winners.

 

 

 

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Can you help?

Thanks to the continued wonders of the Internet, I recently made contact with Emma Harrison. Emma is a student at the University of Chester and she’s completing a Master’s in family and child psychology. After reading one of my earlier posts, A letter to my Teenage Self, Emma asked me if I’d like to take part

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A letter to my teenage self

This month, two emails arrived in my in box and together they’ve got me thinking (and writing). Let me explain. First of all, an American-based website called Dear Teen Me invited me to write a letter to my teenage self. And then I got an email from Stonewall about National Anti-Bullying Week. Stonewall are a