Featured At Reedsy Discovery!

I had a wonderful surprise this morning. Reedsy Discovery emailed me a notice that I had made it into their Featured list for this week. Reedsy is a big outfit for self-published authors. I checked out their notice and soon learned that I am top of their list for historical fiction.

You can check it out here https://reedsy.com/discovery

My head is still spinning while I try to understand what I should do next, and while I brood on something I did yesterday that could make a mess of this golden opportunity.

What did I do yesterday?

Oh boy, Amazon! The world’s online store ain’t called Amazon without good reason. Venture into that jungle, you and your product might never be heard of again.

“Dr Livingston, I presume!”

“No, Allan Hands. Is that English explorer lost here too? Where is the exit?”

So let me explain what went wrong at Amazon, before I explain what I am going to do about my Featured status at Reedsy. Amazon is where all self-published authors enrol their books. It gives access to a worldwide market without incurring any production costs. Trouble is, like all DIY, the savings you make by doing it yourself are often squandered by the mistakes you make as a complete amateur. Which brings me back to yesterday.

Yesterday I realised that I had ‘published’ one of my books without securing all the advantages of copyright. In other words, I had not ticked the box for D.R.M. (please don’t ask what it means). The only way I could reverse the situation was unpublish the book and recreate it on Amazon under a different ASIN (don’t ask). Unfortunately, this has unlinked the kindle and paperback formats for my series of two books, MIRRORED SWORD PARTS ONE & TWO, which means, if you are looking for a particular format, you might have to poke around before you find it. Amazon being a jungle, you could get lost trying to find the right format. Which means I could lose a customer!

If anything is destined to keep a self-published author awake all night, it is the nightmare scenario of losing a customer. Customers are rare specimens, more beautiful than the most glorious butterfly, lightly floating through the jungle from one blossom to another, until disappearing forever into the thickly tangled foliage, a golden opportunity never to be recovered.

Kindly allow me a few moments to regather my composure.

Okay, I can cope. So, let’s return to the burning question: what am I going to do about my sudden good luck, winning Featured status at Reedsy? Good question! Well, I am an author, so I’ll write something to settle all my feelings of excitement (more customers looking for me!) and also feelings of disappointment (more customers getting lost!)

Which is what I did just now.

My First Post

The Reedsy Discovery Review of Mirrored Sword Part One goes live today. I have no idea exactly at what hour, not any inkling of what to expect, but I’ve primed some ads at Facebook to push the sales momentum along somehow (I hope), and I’ve linked the review to this blog and to the Amazon Bookstore. I like to think I’ll sell a few copies in the coming days and weeks but if I don’t, it’s not the end of me as a writer. Surely nobody expects a writer to be good at designing and conducting a sales campaign.

“The book will sell itself,” I have kept telling myself.

“It has to get noticed first,” says the wiser voice in me.

“But it’s brilliant.”

“So is a supernova, but if nobody has a telescope pointed that way …”

“They can detect gravitational waves these days.”

“Are you serious? You’ve written a BIG story, but …”

“It will get noticed!” I insist.

Thus the debate rages within me, over and over, but only one of my voices can be right.