"Jeffrey The Orange Alien" - my first attempt at a science fiction story for children - has now been pre-released, with an official release date of August 27th 2016.
Those of you who pre-order my books as eBooks via sites like Barnes & Noble, the Apple iBookstore, etc, should now be able to do so, since the book has been accepted for distribution to those retailers.
Unfortunately, those of you who prefer physical books will have to wait, since I don't appear to be able to pre-release the paperback versions. At least, not if I want the publication dates to match (which I do). There will be paperback versions though... Hopefully quite quickly after the official release dates.
So, that's "The Ocean's Lullaby And Other Poems" due for official release on July 9th 2016, and "Jeffrey The Orange Alien" due for official release on August 27th 2016. That should keep you entertained while I finish up this story about the Battle Of Hastings, and get it ready for its October release date.
I either do, or arrange, everything to do with my books myself. However, I know not everyone is as confident with being able to do, or arrange, everything themselves. And that's just fine.
If you're one of those people, and you feel you could benifit from a little assistance with getting your manuscript published, but still want to go down the indie publishing route, you might want to get in touch with Pplaisted Publishing, who will help you get your book out there.
They also have a great newsletter, which you can sign up for here, with an option to sign up for a screen reader friendly version if you require a screen reader friendly version of the newsletter. The newsletter contains things like interviews of indie authors, details about free and cheap books by indie authors, etc, and if you're an indie author - or, self-published author, if you prefer - you can get in touch to contribute to the content of the newsleterr by being interviewed, or getting a mention for your book(s).
Plus, they have both a Facebook group and a Facebook page, and they're on Twitter too.
Do you write for children? Or, are you thinking about doing so? Either way, here are some keys to success for children's authors. There's obviously more to it than what's mentioned in the post, but that's a great place to start.
If, on the other hand, you write poetry, have you ever thought about what type of poet you are? Personally, I'd say I'm a musician, with a bit of cook thrown in (you need to read the post for that to make sense).
Regardless of your chosen age group to write for, the genre you write in, and even whether it's stories or poetry you write, are you having issues with procrastination? If so, don't let it stop you from writing, but instead have fun with it. Pretty soon, the procrastination you'd soon be calling writers' block will be a thing of the past... Future you will thank you!
Anyway, if you're a science fiction writer, perhaps you can get some inspiration from NASA and Mars?
Finally, here's a post about how marketing really works.