Membership of Alliance of Independent Authors.

Sam Grant, recently gave an interview for “Writers on Frome FM,” and has since joined the Membership of Alliance of Independent Authors.  Self-published authors can struggle to get recognition when without the push given for main stream published authors.  Reviews in 2018 assisted visibility for action, mystery novels -Atlantic Hijack and River Escape.  Hope for continued reviews in the New Year of 2019.

A very Happy and prosperous New Year to all Sam Grant readers and followers. Your interest for his writing, novels, poems and short stories is greatly appreciated.

Is it time for that deep- sea experience-main stream publisher?

Change is ever there in the minutes, hours and days. Attempts at updates have been made by author Sam Grant, who extends best wishes and many thanks to all readers of his novels, short stories and poetry-“Mists of Time,” is Sam grant’s latest book with both poems and short stories @ url amazon.com/author/grantsam

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In the beginning- no this isn’t a biblical re-write! But in the beginning of getting toward publication I submitted- a not very polished final manuscript. On the telephone the young woman-when you’re seventy plus -pretty well all women speaking to you on the telephone  sound young!  said, that the editors  liked my novel and  that they would like to publish it. After this startling revelation  I probably said something inane like -‘oh really, would you? But it was a definite-yes!

There had been several submissions, to agents. You don’t usually get a highly critical reply on rejection. It can be along the lines of-‘I do really see potential for your novel-but it’s not a genre type that I’m currently promoting to publishers. Or ‘We’re not taking new manuscripts at present but do re-apply again in- six months, a year, two years  time,’ etc…

There was a website for the publisher…

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Mars Landing-Group Expedition.

Visited Mars in a group expedition, in 2017. Not really, but that was year of publication for Galactic Mission, a science fiction novel set in and around 2116. It was a demanding write.   Description of   water under the surface of Mars in the novel was confirmed  after publication  by scientists, a year later. Phew!!  Technology and Martian discoveries were made  in the two years of writing, up to 2017. Need for vigilance with purchase of New Scientist to make sure ideas were not then non- fiction on publication.

There are no commercial builds for airships, as far as I know, but in the  fictional airship  Mark Twain visits from another time frame  the group.  Airship, development envisaged to counteract carbon gas emission. In line, going forward,  with present day environmental concern. Airship electric prop engine propulsion  enabled through development of megawatt high capacity batteries in 22nd century. Drones have become sophisticated to the point where drone tray are ordering humans about in restaurants!

Possibly, inclusions like these  fantastical inventions  gave the young adult tag to Galactic Mission ?   Holograms are pretty everyday in 2110 -sent by smart tablet (phone).   Virtual reality is able to incorporate sensations of experience, like swimming in the sea at your virtual reality chalet. Jeb, in the novel, is advanced further in a virtual reality visit to actuality, enabled by Adriana.  In her official galactic force  capacity is XP100.  Adriana, enabled creation of  reality outside the human time frame. Young adults feature in the storyline, which, has brought, not  surprisingly, interest from young adult readers!

Author set out to promote an action, mystery novel at a book event and found that main interest was for “Galactic Mission,” by Sam Grant – not his  promoted new novel!

Perhaps interest in a Mars Landing and with today’s verification has returned focus to Galactic Mission, a novel first published, in 2017.

Realization of Opportunity.

There is opportunity to advertise in a way that was absent twenty years ago. The internet existed. It was formed and active, but its potential for authors not fully realized. My first novel was published in 2014.  That former, critiqued, re-worked,  word document, transferred to pdf, and then, at last in book form and in the  digital world.  Blown away, is an over used expression, but the Amazon site with cover photos, preview chapters, author biography did give that feeling of achievement.  Outside of an author’s local pond it is difficult to get noticed, without the backing of a main stream publisher.  This is obvious, on reflection, but with over much information you might never get published!

Olympic gold is to be offered a publishing contract. That is the belief, but an author needs sales to get recognition. Understandably without known sales the publisher has no idea whether a novel will be successful. Contract offers improve once you become recognized as an author. Every  self-published novel  has been submitted for a publishing contract and yes each offered  contract has improved.  Validation that editors like your novel  can be  rewarding on its own when you are an  unknown author.  With poetry you are considered an  unknown poet until published in the right poetry affirming magazine.  Is that how “anonymous,” became the signature for many poems?

Self-publishing is a gateway to authorship, but reviews should be sought. These for  the author’s affirmation. Yes, the reviews mightn’t  all be  positive, but  the reviewers will understand the potential readership. This can be difficult for the author so immersed in the final manuscript and production.

The ISBN listing gives access to your novels and publications. Not all book sellers are able to access through ISBN. As an author you need to emphasise -available at good booksellers.  It is seen as troublesome by book shops to source through ISBN. There is no substitute for actually getting copies on the shelf. Main stream publishers will commandeer front of store and front end displays.

Self published e-books can be successful online. Apparently these out perform sales from main stream who advertise digitally- by 60% to 40%.   Authors seek print sales. Publishers also, in that the margins are likely to be better.

Authors are in a learning curve and mistakes will be made, but self-publishing is a gateway opportunity.  Facebook is a publishing medium. There is the scatter gun effect of boosting to thousands of Facebook uses. These are said to be  to a targeted audience and this might work for popular genre novels, but in general Facebook users are on Facebook to self promote in one way or another. They are not necessarily likely to read novels. More specific promotion to organizations and actual readers keen on the author  genre are likely to yield better results.  Certainly magazine and journal reviews with captioned photos of the novel cover are more likely to capture sales and  readership.

Avenues of Advertising.

Genre specific novels need to target interested groups is an obvious statement, but we authors can neglect this form of direct advertising.  One lesson learned over several years of publishing novels is that there is the slow burn affect. I contacted and joined the Merchant Navy Association, because a first novel was about life aboard a merchant ship. This included joining websites associated with shipping companies. I picked up comments and reviews and you could say that after two years the line went dead.  I was absorbed with the final manuscript for Dancing on the Beach by Sam Grant, a romantic thriller.  A kindle of this novel received positive replies, which was gratifying, but this was from an American site. This led to promoting on romantic thriller type sites.

The first sea, action novel appeared on the Frome Writers Collective stall display. Also, that  listed photo is definitely a positive step forward, which enables prospective readers to click into the site and sample preview chapters.  Local promotion definitely leads you into an understanding of  advertising and an appreciation that sales are not an only criteria and might not be immediate.  Readers interest can turn around topicality and certain genres can be dominant. Crime fiction is definitely up there in the popular readership arena today. Similarly in both  fiction and non-fiction the Great War has  been prominent in this 2014-18 centenary.

Reviews are sought. Critics can be positive, scathing ,cool, bland, provocative, you name it. Ultimately the buyer reader, rather than the paid professional reviewer is the true connoisseur, but the author does appreciate feedback.  A main feedback came from across the Atlantic. This was encouraging, but it is a shame that British bookshops are only interested in main stream publishers.  Antipathy and out right hostility toward Amazon, unfortunately  does not reveal a progressive and understanding  modern outlook. We all, that’s authors and publishers need to understand  the changing retail environment and if  todays  young readers want to download ten e-book novels  to take on holiday with them this should be a reason for rejoicing. There has been an up turn in paper sales. The book shop  market place has and is developing to cater for readers requirements, out of necessity for survival,  rather than innovatively it might be said.

A sequel action, mystery  novel River Escape has curiously awakened interest in the first sea novel, Atlantic Hijack.  Perhaps all those early attempts to promote as a new author  has left a back ground trail.  At the time, the silence did seem a bit deafening, though!