As well as being the publicist for my wife Michelle’s books, I will also be my own publicist soon as I am writing my own book.
It’s a romantic comedy that is being written over the space of a year, diary style, and is semi-based on my life (hence the diary style-ness of the book). I’ll update when I have news, but for now I’m still kind of in the planning stages 🙂
Wow, it seems that I haven’t been on this website since July 2016, yes 2016! The world of Merryn has been really busy and I have changed jobs so I haven’t really had the chance to be on here. I’m looking forward to catching up with book news and I will be posting again soon 🙂
As well as running this website and my events website What’s On Where UK, I also run a digital quarterly magazine called Merryn Magazine. Over at Merryn, we love to champion independent retailers, unsigned music artists, charities, community groups and events. We also love to champion self-published authors, so every Wednesday, we will be bringing you a different self-published UK author! Take a look here for more information 🙂
Since 10th February 2016, I have been nominating books on Kindle Scout, but what is ‘Kindle Scout’?
Kindle Scout is a place where readers vote on whether a book should be published or not. Those books chosen by readers are then published by Kindle Press and the author receives receive 5 year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions and is also featured in Amazon marketing. Every book has 30 days in which to gather as many nominations as possible and readers can nominate up to 3 books at a time. It is worth checking back every day as campaigns start and end every day. If readers nominate a winning book, they will receive an early, free copy of the book. This is a great idea for people who love championing new books.
In a world where it’s harder and harder to get your book selected, it is great to see another avenue for authors to take, rather than simply approaching agents and publishers and hoping that their book doesn’t get stuck in someone’s slushpile.
I have been lucky enough to nominate some books that have been selected to be published, and once I receive a copy of the books, I will be reviewing them on this site.
I will list the Kindle Scout winning books, whether waiting to be reviewed or having been reviewed, here.
I think it’s a great idea!
I have just come across an article on The Guardian’s website, “A new chapter in cinema: why books are big at the 2016 Oscars“, where they say, “Of the nine best picture nominees to be announced this Sunday, four are based on novels and one – The Big Short – on a celebrated account of the 2008 financial crisis.” This is great news for all authors out there, as there are so many books out there that would make great films, if only they were picked up. How many times have people gone to see films and said “the film was better” or “the book was better”? There couldn’t be that conversation without there having been a book in existence first.
Stylist.co.uk posted their “100 best films based on books“, and having looked through the list, I must admit that I hadn’t realised that so many of them started out as books first, with the oldest film being from 1924 (Tess of the D’Urbervilles) to 2011 (Water For Elephants).
So, if you’re currently promoting your book, or even still reading it, you never know: it might be the film adaptation of your book that’s up for an Oscar in the future! 🙂