Waterstone’s have agreed to give me another book signing. This will be at their Hemel Hempstead branch in the Marlowes on Saturday 25th August 2012. The store manager, Tina, very kindly offered me the opportunity some weeks ago.
I am so grateful to all of the local Waterstone’s stores for all of their help and support in promoting my books. Milton Keynes last November; St Albans last March; Hitchin last April and now Hemel Hempstead. So a big thank you to Lisa, Sean, Alison and Tina.
The question everyone asks is ‘do you make any money’ on your books?’ And the short answer is no. I barely cover my costs but that’s not the reason I do it. Once you take that first step and sit down in front of your computer and write a story, there is some sort of force that develops which keeps on making you go back. Many other part-time writers have told me the same thing. Of course we’d all like to make a living out of writing ideally, but the love of doing it is what spurs us on.
I’ve just read yet another writer who has become successful passing on his secrets of how to become a best selling author. Apparently, all you need is a Twitter account and off you go. One follower reads your book and ‘tweets’ what a great book it is and so on, and you end up with millions of Twitter followers who buy your books.
I don’t think so.
Marketing your book is plain hard graft. I sold 40 books at my Milton Keynes signing and made the princely sum of £20 for smiling and standing on my sore feet for 8 hours . It’s the hardest £20 I’ve ever earned in my life!
What we’re all waiting for is the agent or publisher who stumbles over your book one day and begs you to sell the rights to them. They give you £2 million and you give them your book and they sell millions of them, making you a household name. So any time you publish something, there’s a queue of people waiting to buy them.
Which is why the most frequent advice that most published writers give to those of us still striving to match them is, don’t give up the day job. So APC will be pleased (or not) that I won’t.
So if any of you just happen to be passing Watertone’s store in the Marlowe’s Hemel Hemptsead on Saturday 25th August, please drop in and I’ll sell you a book.