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Re: Sticky: Your Successes
« Reply #375 on: January 01, 2008, 07:55:50 AM »
Thanks Nadine!
The idea to make a calendar really started as a joke between my best friend and me...
Good to know it's good quality stuff - I haven't recieved mine yet, but I can't wait.

Leah, you're awesome. Great idea to do a calendar. I've bought Lulu calendars before. Good quality stuff.

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« Reply #376 on: January 01, 2008, 08:37:49 AM »
heh, heh...Leah, wait until you see how they pack it. There is no way it could arrive crumpled.

Nadine

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Re: Sticky: Your Successes
« Reply #377 on: January 03, 2008, 02:50:37 AM »
To everyone who's posted a success, congratulations and I hope you have more to come.
And to those who haven't, I'm sure yours is just around the corner.
Never make a decision standing up.

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« Reply #378 on: January 03, 2008, 04:03:41 PM »
It should arrive soon now.
I received and email this morning that they've dispatched my order...

heh, heh...Leah, wait until you see how they pack it. There is no way it could arrive crumpled.

Nadine

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Re: Sticky: Your Successes
« Reply #379 on: January 03, 2008, 04:08:50 PM »
How's this for a success: A review on Nick's Writing Blog!

http://www.mywritingblog.com/writer/2008/01/blogging-for-storytellers.html

No, not a review of my Calendar (I don't think he's interested in that, anyway ;) ), but a review of my E-book: "Blogging for Storytellers."

http://www.lulu.com/content/1765905

(Which is a Free Download, BTW, and may be shared under the Creative Commons License.)


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Re: Sticky: Your Successes
« Reply #380 on: January 03, 2008, 07:26:35 PM »
A month or so ago I told myself to stop looking at Lulu every night (people were beginning to talk about me being a Peeping Tom) because seeing 'no sales' day after day was depressing.  But I was there today, posting my review of Leah's E book (mentioned above) so I took a look.

Twenty sales of my 'download only' e-book British Bike Bodgers Booklet.   Not a bestseller yet, but very gratifying nonetheless.

Gyppo - Sat here grinning like a monkey and cracking open a bottle of Ginger Beer to celebrate.
My website is currently having a holiday, but will return like the $6,000,000 man.  Bigger, stronger, etc.

In the meantime, why not take pity on a starving author and visit my book sales page at http://stores.lulu.com/gyppo1

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« Reply #381 on: January 04, 2008, 02:19:09 AM »
Now I must confess to not being one of those twenty, although I asked Santa for a hamper of havoc and didn't get one.
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Re: Sticky: Your Successes
« Reply #382 on: January 04, 2008, 04:30:32 AM »
Wow, lots of successes going on!

I checked today, and noticed my book was on sale at Amazon UK, a Netherlands on-line bookstore, and Barnes and Noble. Which is cool!

I've sold several myself, gone through a box of 50 and working on a second box. Have a book signing Jan 19th at a local bookstore, had a book signing at my church and sold 9 copies there, etc.

I've had some good comments from those who have read it too. The name, for those who want to know, is "Infinite Realities." Just Google it and see all the stuff that comes up!

Also, I've just finished my first edits on my 2006 NaNo novel (yeah, finally!) and am ready to update it according to a critique group's comments, and am currently sending it through a second critique group. And now I have another NaNo novel to edit from this past Nov.!

But its so much fun!

I should have also a flash fiction coming out in Everday Fiction today, which is from that same world called "The Wheel of Curses."

2007 has been a good year for me publishing wise. I've seen several short stories, poem, and one novella published. You can see a complete list at my author web site by clicking on the "Published Works" link.

Congratulates, everyone!

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« Reply #383 on: January 04, 2008, 11:20:00 AM »
Hi all,

My resolution this year was to break into article writing. I have just secured a two-article deal with a regional recruitment B2B magazine!

Not much, but it's a start to my portfolio as up til now I have been writing mainly non-fiction books.

Suzie x

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« Reply #384 on: January 04, 2008, 03:07:06 PM »
Hi all!

Just thought I would drop by and tell you about my small success story last year.

In August I self published my novel 'Caxton Tempest at the End of the World'

In November I held my first book signing, and sold 28 copies, and (most importantly) I thoroughly enjoyed myself!

The most personally gratifying part of the whole process (so far) came on the Saturday before Christmas Eve, as I did the Christmas food shop in Sainsbury's.
A man and his wife stopped me and said, "Excuse me, but you're the man who wrote that book, aren't you?"
I replied that I was, and he went on to tell me that his wife had bought it for him, he had read it, and thought it was very good and really enjoyed it!

I did the rest of my shopping with a big, stupid grin on my face.

I have had lots of positive feedback about my novel, but to have a stranger stop me and say nice things is just fantastic. I'm still a long way from making a profit, but moments like that make it more than worthwhile.

Well, thanks for reading this.

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Re: Sticky: Your Successes
« Reply #385 on: January 05, 2008, 01:51:39 AM »
Ken, that's fantastic. Good luck with your book. Tell me when you find how to boost your sales. Where do you live, by the way?

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Re: Sticky: Your Successes
« Reply #386 on: January 05, 2008, 03:02:21 AM »
Hello everyone. I've been catching up on your success stories and goals. Congratulations! :)

I pray that you all accomplish more than you anticipate on this year, and I'll be looking for those success stories as well!

One of my goals this year is to finish, and publish my first nonfiction book. (I had this same goal last year, but fell short due to life circumstances and procrastination) Writing articles have always been my niche, so taking on this book has been a big deal for me. (I am really enjoying this.) My book is developing nicely.  I only have 5 chapters left, and I look forward to sharing my success story with you soon!   

Much Love and God bless!

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Re: Sticky: Your Successes
« Reply #387 on: January 05, 2008, 11:32:14 AM »
Hi Anthony,

Thanks.
I live in the West Midlands, in the UK.
Selling your book I have found to be the most difficult thing of all. Publicity is the key, I think. I've been in the local paper twice now, and seen sales jump slightly both times. Also I work in a large hospital, and I've been networking like mad and achieved some sales like that.
Hope that's helpful.
You got any hints?

Cheers,
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Re: Sticky: Your Successes
« Reply #388 on: January 05, 2008, 11:58:39 AM »
Hi Ken,
I used to live in a village on the outskirts of Stoke on Trent - so not far from you.

I'm just in the process of sending press releases to several newspapers, some of whom have said they're going to run with the story. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed. My ex-works ran an article on me in their December issue in-house mag and that might generate some interest - who knows. A radio station over here is going to do an interview with me, but I'm a bit shy, so I'm not looking forward to that.

Good luck with yours

Anthony
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Re: Sticky: Your Successes
« Reply #389 on: January 05, 2008, 12:18:21 PM »

A radio station over here is going to do an interview with me, but I'm a bit shy, so I'm not looking forward to that.

Anthony

Anthony,

It may be easier said than done, but remember that as far as you're concerned you're just talking to one - maybe two - people in the studio.  If people 'call in' to talk to you you're are still only talking to that one person at a time.  Just because the conversation is being shared wih many others doesn't mean you have to treat that one person any differently than if you were just sat in your own living room, or having a chat in a pub with a convivial stranger.

Work out a few stock replies to the obvious questions and practice them at home.  They are bound to ask how long you've been writing, why you became interested, and stuff like that.  You could type up an answer at home and learn it almost by heart.  Some of your potential answers will come straight from your press releases, so a lot of the 'work' has already been done.

A good interviewer will take time to put you at your ease first and you'll know what sort of questions you're likely to be facing.  If they just plunge in anyway, then plunge with them ;-)

Finally...  Look on it as research.  It's a learning experience.  I've been on both TV and radio in my time and it's fascinating to see how the professionals do their job.  If 10% or so of your mind is occupied with taking mental notes for future reference you'll have less time to feel worried ;-)

Gyppo
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