How does an unknown writer find readers?

I’m busy trying to think outside the box. I need more readers to buy my books, but how to I find them in a crowded market? Word of mouth is the best way to advertise your book as readers tell their friends and family how much they enjoyed it. Of course, the pandemic has brought a stop to all my plans for spreading the news of my three books. I was hoping to have a launch party.

Now I’m standing on unfamiliar ground, I’ve taken to Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook to spread the word. I run two Facebook groups. One is a writing group called For Writers Only, who write without fear of rejection. It’s known as the Clubhouse by its members and is a private group. The clubhouse is a place where writers can share their news of successes and rejections as well as submission call outs and other publishing news. The second group I run is open to the public and is called The Clubhouse Bookshop. The bookshop is open to anyone who wanted to advertise their book. I’m hoping to increase its memberships so more people get to hear about member’s books.

My short story collection, “Days Pass like a Shadow” is now available on Amazon in both paperback and as an ebook. Between the covers are thirteen dark tales covering the theme of death and loss. At the centre of every story is a beating heart. For the reader to make the journey to that centre, along the flowing veins of the words, all they need is a few minutes during a lunch break, or at the end of the day. The reader will be introduced to a rich and diverse collection of characters – a gardener, a serial killer, a time traveller, a sleepwalker and many more.

“On the Streets of Kabul”, which is set in Afghanistan, a soldier faces a life-threatening situation while searching for his missing comrade and childhood friend among the narrow alleys. “Perfect Justice” finds a secretary planning a murder. “Shelved” takes a reader into the unusual librarian’s office, while “Burning the Midnight Oil” has a son uncovering the truth about his dying mother.

So put your feet up, relax with a cup, or glass of your favourite beverage and let’s begin with “The Meetings”…

Here’s a link to Days Pass Like A Shadow book trailer.

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  1. Hello My Dear Friend! Two quick notes as I surface for a few moments during year-end. One, I’ve downloaded it via Kindle and can’t wait to read (and review!) it. Two, there might be a couple of words that need switching on your book trailer page. In the second sentence, it reads ‘At the centre of every story is a beat heart.’ Just in case, I wanted to pass that on to you! Will definitely be in touch more soon. Sending lots of hugs to way, and best wishes for continued writing success, too!

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  2. I am going to get a copy of your book Paula but don’t expect a review very soon, it might take me a little while to read because I am busy trying to work on my short stories, trying to put them together. Congratulations again and go easy on your husband, proof reading is not and easy job. All the best and good luck with promoting your books

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    1. Thank you, so much for buying my collection of short stories. I never expect anything in life, Ella I just feel extremely blessed that you wanted to buy my book. I’m pleased to hear you are busy putting together your own collection. I’m finding marketing my work difficult at the moment. I hate the thought of being pushy I would much rather people just wanted to buy my work through their own choice.

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      1. No you are not being pushy. you are wonderful person. You take time off your busy schedule to give advice and share links etc. The clubhouse is great place you have created for writers and we really grateful that you have given us this platform where we find inspiration and support.. We have to support each other, If you don’t talk about your book, no one is going to do it for you. You have to sell yourself. I wish you all the best. It’s not easy but with your determination and positive attitude you will make it.

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