As per my post yesterday, today I begin my quest to better market (or simply improve) my eBooks.
And, as the subject suggests, I am beginning with Saturday Swims, being about
my first published short story collection. And yes, I know a writer should love his words, but I really do like these stories.
But what did I DO for them? Well…
- I offered a free PDF copy of one of them for anyone who signs up to follow me
- I updated and really improved the Amazon product description (see below)
- I posted Facebook, Google+ and Twitter updates
- I contacted some book-friendly sites via Twitter to tweet re this book
- I submitted the book to AwesomeGang.com to list (very helpful site)
- I submitted the book for review at a couple of sites
Now for another coffee and per chance a cookie… 🙂
Here’s the new/updated product description:
These are ten of my favourite stories, being tales of everyday people struggling through sadness and hope while hoping for connections within distance, all of them trying to find a liveable pathway through the minutiae of daily living.
In A SWIM IN THE CLOUDS, two once-close sisters reconnect through words and books, but mostly through action while confronting their dark past, and their hopes for a better future.
In GIRAFFE SPOTS, a lonely man who is missing his sister’s support learns how to blow bubbles and forgive while spending an afternoon in the park with three surprising new friends.
In UP AGAINST A WALL, an everyday family man stoically performs his job, but lives for his family, while feeling his life is unappreciated by all, especially his beloved, distant daughter.
In BOBBY LOU, a once-exiled and self-confessed flasher returns to his home town seeking redemption, reconciliation or understanding, and rekindles an important connection.
In HAZARD LIGHTS, two lonely co-workers struggle to be true while keeping their affair a secret, yet daren’t admit even the most rudimentary feelings towards each another.
In COLD, a relationship-questioning drunk discusses his problems with his partner’s cat in the garden while said partner sleeps, seeking answers or reason but finding only mistakes.
In HALFWAY HOME, a long-term family man struggles to find any kind of happiness in his distant wife or mocking daughters, and finds he feels happier living within his sleeping reality.
In EVERY MINUTE, a boy and his mother struggle to find any kind of sleep or peace, pining for the man of their house who is no longer with them, while wishing for a better future.
In HOW EASY WE BREAK, a barely-functioning, self-distancing alcoholic tries to keep hold of himself but slips, and slips again, influencing and harming those who would love him.
In LADDERS, a currently unemployed, middle-aged, repeating-father is unhappy at home, but finds an unexpected way to dream while resolving his past mental and physical issues.
( 155 pages / 41,000 words )