Uplifting News

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The Intro: Well, folks, it’s been a long weekend. I’ve just finished working three long days (12hrs) back to back over the bank holiday weekend and I’m bloody knackered!

Anyway, I’ve managed to get through all of my emails, respond to loads of tweets, answer comments, but I still have yet to catch up on my blogging. However, having done the above, I felt I must write this post first.

The Digression: I’ve had several negative emails and comments etc. in the past regarding, What’s the point in doing interviews?  What good does it do? What a waste of time!  and even, What’s the point? Period!  It’s terrible when folk get so easily discouraged. Believe me, I’ve had my fair share of discouragement both as a writer/author and in life generally, as some of you well know. I won’t sympathise with these folk,  but I do empathise more than they probably will ever know. So for those of you who would become so discouraged, I wanted to share the following  uplifting news:

He finally gets there: First, I had a wonderful email from one of the authors I interviewed a couple of weeks ago. He thanked me for the interview and said he’d had very positive response and someone even bought his book! He is ecstatic  about it! The person who bought his book also emailed him telling him how pleased they were with both interview and book and had gone so far as to request their own interview with me.

Now this is not the first of such emails I’ve received over the past couple of years. I have had several similar stories and they are what keep me doing Kev’s Author Interviews. 🙂

Second, You all know I’ve only had my trailer page up for one week. Yet a couple of folks  have already let me know that other’s bought their books, or they bought a couple of books because they loved the trailers that they watched on my site!  I couldn’t believe it! Now, I’m ecstatic!

In Conclusion: So, Why am I telling you all this? No, not to boast, because in all honesty and to be very frank. Boasting is so NOT me.

I’m sharing this with you in the hope that you will realise, it’s not all useless, interviews are not a waste of time, and there are positive outcomes to interviews and other types of promotions.

Uh, oh… The Soapbox: As authors we need to be vigilant and  positive about promoting our work. We can’t expect to sell a book from one interview. If we sell one book from doing a dozen interviews, it’s one book we wouldn’t have sold had we done nothing. Interviews are a way of us saying, hey, we’re here, we exist and here’s what we’ve created! And this, my friends is the kind of attitude we need to strive to adopt.

If the world doesn’t know that you exist, how can you expect them to know you’ve written a book? And if you don’t tell the world you’ve written a book, how can you expect to sell a copy? If you do nothing, you will achieve, absolutely just that… Nothing!

So get out there and do some good!

Having said that, don’t just settle for Kev’s Author Interviews, get yourselves over to Chris, The Story Reading Ape’s blog, get yourselves over to Sally’s Sunday Show, Get yourselves over to IndieBooksEmporium… to name just a few!

Well, What are you waiting for! 😀

 

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39 comments

  1. Kev, i could rave about the fabulous way you ended this post — by promoting other bloggers who promote authors — and i will! Woot! Good for you, go Kev!
    > But more importantly (for me, at this moment in time) was seeing something uplifting. You chose that word well. Hugs! 😀

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  2. Hey, Kev, I left a long comment for you last night. Did it not show up at your end? It says it’s ‘awaiting moderation’. But if you haven’t seen it at all, something’s wrong somewhere…

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    • Hi Sue, sorry it took so long. I hold all of my comments in moderation. Mainly for the protection of others when they do an interview… Unfortunately from time to time I find there are some nut-jobs out there love to upset some people and I like to deal with those in my own way. 🙂

      So, no nothing wrong. I’ve added your trailer btw. 🙂

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  3. Just keep it up with interviews etc, Kev – there will always be negative people around, trolls and all sorts of bitter and nutty people but the good thing is that most are thumbs up great people who also want to be informed. Cheers!

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  4. I’d love to be interviewed and am totally up for it. I responded to a fellow writer who was asking for interviewees, took ages on my answers and sent the form off all excited and bushy-tailed (this about a month ago), only to be told that the earliest my interview would appear was mid-to-late OCTOBER of this year. Having said that, I think it was partly my fault for making an unwise choice of interviewer – and I am certainly not trying to devalue the interview as a technique because I am all for it, and think it a great way of spreading not just word of the book but also, perhaps even more importantly, a sense of the writer’s personality!
    I would be delighted if you were able to interview me! Bring it on, I say…

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    • Hi Julie, Thanks for visiting. I reluctantly give advice, for various reasons; but from time to time, I take a little dive. 😉

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  5. Apart from anything else, it is an affirmation of yourself as a writer and author. It does you good… and it is fun! You meet new people, find new books and blogs… what’s not to like? 🙂
    And I completely agree with your soapbox. Room for two up there?

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  6. Kev–I for one am hugely grateful for the interview you did with me. I really don’t know how many readers saw it, but just having the opportunity to put myself in front of ONE MORE PERSON who otherwise wouldn’t know my work is tremendous. On top of that, I began following your blog at the time of my interview and not only are you amazing, so is your blog! You’ve lifted me up on a lot of days where (personal) things went wrong and I was feeling just so down. You’re doing a great service for authors, for readers, for everyone who loves books or just appreciates a kind and supportive word. I’m glad you’re doing what you’re doing and not listening to dissenters! (And btw, what’s the deal with your trailer page? I have a book trailer for my novel and would LOVE to put it up on your site, if you’ll have it!)

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    • Thanks Susan! Yes, I recall your interview and greatly appreciate all your very kind words. We all have our down days, as authors and it’s such hard work to promote our books. I’ve had many days when I’ve become completely frustrated about promotions, even paid ones. What we have to remember is, what works for one person, won’t necessarily work for another. The same goes for the books we write. We may be really successful with one kind of campaign for one book, yet the same campaign may do nothing for another. The most important thing is to never give up.

      Of course I will have your trailer on my page. 🙂

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  7. Hey Kev, first of all, I hope you can get some much needed rest. 🙂

    I understand how some authors and writers get down about interviews and such, thinking what’s the point. Trust me, I know that feeling all too well. But here’s the thing: reaching out to new readers is something that we have to do if we want to get noticed and to sell our work. We don’t have a great big marketing team working hard for us. It’s up to us to do the grunt work. I make it a point of getting on blogs and doing an interview/guest post/book spotlight at least once a month. Why? Because it allows readers to discover me and my writing. Readers are people too and they usually like to get to know authors first before shelling out money.

    Doing interviews on both Chris aka The Story Reading Ape and Kev’s blogs helped me gain new readers and I even sold a few books. They both are wonderful avenues to expand your circle of influence (as we say in the marketing business). Give a shot. You’ve got nothing to lose and who knows, you might gain more than you think by doing it. 🙂

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    • Thanks Mrs N.

      You’ve made some excellent points there and do an awesome job helping others promote their work. I’m thinking of adding a few more widgets on my site promoting other sites that help out authors. If you don’t mind, I’ll add yours when I get around to doing it. 😉 Love your blog, Mrs N!

      Thanks so much for your kind words and promotion Mrs N! 🙂

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  8. Yeah good news…..not the 3 x 12hrs they are poo, but I’m so pleased about the response to the interviews and subsequent sale, keep up the good work

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