Back in March, I posted about how social media can bring very quick rewards. Today I'll explain how I got together with Linen Press - which happened at a rather different pace.
|High Quality Fiction|
Much later again, I received the wonderful Sometimes a River Song by Avril Joy. I raved about this book on my blog and elsewhere. It went on to win the People's Book Prize 'Achievement' Award and is still IMO that year's most underrated novel.
From Twittersphere to real world
|Avril Joy with Lynn Michell of Linen Press|
To cut to the chase, she accepted it. Gratifyingly when the cover was 'revealed' and shared, it was 'liked' by the the original blogger who unwittingly started the whole thing off!
|Published by Linen Press 2018|
Keep social media sociable
This roundabout story is nothing like the instant gratification we've come to expect from social media and maybe it wouldn't happen today. Back then I kept in close contact with the handful of bloggers I followed regularly. Now I catch blog posts via Facebook or Twitter links, only clicking through if they look particularly intriguing. But I still think the story has something to teach us.
- social media works but it may take a while
- cementing online connections with real world talking helps (The corollary also holds. It's good to bolster F2F meetings with online contact where it applies.)
- focus on the interaction, not the outcome you are looking for (I may have set out with a subconscious goal of bagging a publisher but it only happened when I was, in a sense, not looking for one.)
In the Blink of an Eye, Ali Bacon's historical novel, is available in paperback and e-book from Linen Press, online stores, and all good bookshops.
A Kettle of Fish is a contemporary coming of age novel set in Scotland available in paperback and ebook from Amazon UK.