I’ve been rather busy over the last few days trying to think outside the box as far as marketing my three books. I checked out a site that’s supposed to connect authors to readers, but as you can imagine this comes at a price. It saddens me to think that there’s always someone out there ready to make money off other people’s dreams.
This has set me on a new challenge. If I can teach myself how to write to be published, then I can teach myself to market my books without spending large sums of money. Most books these days are advertised using book trailers, so I made three. These are simple slideshows. For the first one The Funeral Birds, I used some royalty free clip art, as I felt the tone of my novella leant itself to a slightly humorous cartoonish slideshow. For my collection of short stories, Days Pass Like A Shadow, I decided to show a picture for each of the thirteen stories and add a question to reflect each tale. For my dark crime novel Stone Angels, I decided to illustrate the blurb in a series of cleverly selected pictures.
To make the slideshows I used the Microsoft Photo program in Windows 10. It’s a simple easy program with plenty of options and with the added bonus of having music and special effects too. I found it was easy to upload onto the internet too.
As my writing style is dark and I love anything Gothic from fashion to architecture my husband and I went to a local cemetery to do a photo shoot. I’m normally the one behind the camera so I do find it uncomfortable to be in front of it, but I needed some new pictures. Lucky for me my husband is a patient man and was willing to spend all day if necessary to get the right shot.
Have a great weekend and we’ll chat again soon.