Sunday, 30 September 2012

Adverts in magazines

It seems that the adverts I have set up in Current Archaeology Magazine and Military History Monthly will not be out until November issues. 
I have just sent out a copy of my book for review in a magazine aimed at the military.  This magazine is filled with interesting articles of a general nature and is distributed throughout the British army worldwide.  Once my review has been inserted it should reach over 250,000 troops.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Advertising works

I sent some leaflets out the other day in the post. My wife tells me I'm wasting my time and money but I don't think so.  Anyway, someone who received my leaflet telephoned me and bought two books. Advertising works!

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Advertising The Belgae Torc

The adverts I have set up in Current Archaeology magazine and Military History Magazine are out now. They are in the October issue which is sold all over the UK, hopefully this should stimulate sales. I have read both magazines and think they are great. I particularly like the Current Archaeology magazine, it’s filled with interesting articles and information about ancient discoveries and the methods used to unearth them. Next month I have an advert going out across America in Ingram International. This is a trade magazine aimed at bookshops and outlets in America. In November I have an advert coming out in World Archaeology Magazine which is sold in America, Canada and far flung places. I particularly want to encourage America to start buying my novel from or Barnes and Noble. My book, The Belgae Torc is available on other on-line bookshops, so please take a look. Check out my feedback on

Monday, 17 September 2012

Advertising The Belgae Torc in October

Next month I have three adverts coming out in magazines, the first in a trade magazine called Ingram International; this goes out across north America to trade magazines working in the book industry. This I hope will kick start, sales in America have not yet began. I also have quarter page adverts in Current Archaeology Magazine and Military History Magazine. These ads will reach 17000 readers who are interested in history, hopefully they will find my book irresistible and buy a copy. I enjoyed reading both magazines and will definitely buy more copies. This is my first major advertising project so I’m hopeful that sales will go up here on Amazon and in the USA.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Newspaper article

My interview with the local newspaper came out today and makes for interesting reading. The photo is a bit dodgy, but then I don't do well with photographs! :-) I'm pleased with the write-up and hopefully this will generate awareness of my novel in and around where I live.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Winner of my painting at my book launch

Each book sold came with a raffle ticket and this is the happy winner.
Cheers everyone!

Book launch - The Belgae Torc

Research notes and word documents from the display at my book launch

Novels for sale
Quotes and posters displayed at my book launch

Monday, 10 September 2012

Amazon Feedback

Have now got some great reviews on Amazon.  My novel, The Belgae Torc, is selling steadily as my marketing campaign gains momentum.  Am working on drawing in more sales with advertising and various functions, but its a gradual process.  If you have read my book then please do go onto Amazon and leave feedback, I would much appreciate your views.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Writing, promoting and drinking beer

I met up with a journalist from a local newspaper last Thursday and spent a pleasurable hour talking about myself and my book.  The interview went well and as the sun was shining she took photographs of me outside with the sea in the background.  (fame at last)! I just hope the resulting story turns out as good as our meeting.

Yesterday we went to a Beer Festival in the next town.  Decided to go by train as it was only a short journey away, this was so we could swill as much beer as we wanted and not have to drive home.  Saw loads of bands and of course drank beer, the atmosphere was lively and there were loads of people I know.  It would have been a good opportunity to give out leaflets advertising my book, but my wife said no, not the time or the place!  Never mind, next year will have to get a stall and try to sell some books and drink beer.

Back to work now so not much chance to continue writing my next novel, a sequel to the Belgae Torc.  Will have to get back into writing it in the evenings but I'm not at my best then especially if my working day has gone badly.  I have to remind myself that is how I wrote my other novels, so the way foward is to sell more books and stop doing the day job.  Anyway, have a good day and enjoy the sunshine whilst it lasts!