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  • SilverWood Books - News: Tips and tricks of book signings from Michael Wills
    where they could not easily chat with each other either For my recent launch I wanted a place where I could offer a cup of coffee and the chance for people to socialise This had an added bonus because complete strangers hear you and your book being talked about positively hopefully by well meaning people Secondly I wanted the chance to donate some of my takings to my charity Riding for the Disabled I was not sure that this would be possible in a book shop where the money is going through the till The downside is that it costs money I paid 98 to hire the room The hotel was going to charge 25 per thermos of 25 cups of coffee including biscuits However the owner was persuaded that this was partly a charity event and free coffee was provided I promised that his hotel would feature in a future novel Money Two things to remember apart from the obvious one that you should keep it close to you and under observation Firstly take plenty of change My book costs 9 99 so I needed a pile of pennies and a good few ten pound notes Secondly it gets quite stressful when people are queuing and you have to think about signing being pleasant and chatty and giving the right change I am sure my bald patch increased in size during the morning Get someone to help as cashier Being sociable This is very important but sometimes quite difficult especially when you get a history buff or two trying to discuss the finer points of your novel while several potential buyers are kept waiting It is useful to have cards with your website address and contact details so that you can say Look I am very busy at the

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  • SilverWood Books - News: 'Voice from the Garden' Long-listed for Literary Prize!
    us on Sign up for eNews Voice from the Garden Long listed for Literary Prize Published 20 Feb 2013 updated 24 Mar 2013 SilverWood author Jane Dismore was thrilled to hear that her book The Voice from the Garden has been included on the long list of 12 titles for the New Angle Prize for Literature announced by BBC Suffolk on 18 February The New Angle Prize for Literature NAP is in its third year and judges Esther Freud Jo Catling and Jim Kelly elected a strong long list including titles from well known novelist Joanna Trollope nominated for Daughters in Law and poet Esther Morgan nominated for Grace Jim Kelly said Cutting the entries for this year s New Angle Prize down to a long list has been a real challenge but the result is a dozen books of the very highest quality including novels and poetry and a wide range of highly original non fiction All the long list books have a distinct East Anglian flavour capturing many facets of life in this extraordinary part of the country The competition notes describe The Voice from the Garden as a meticulous and captivating reconstruction of the life of Pamela

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  • SilverWood Books - News: International Prospects for Non-Fiction Author
    been collaborating with Janet Balaskas founder of the Active Birth movement on training antenatal teachers and doulas I trained with Janet over 20 years ago and have now returned to the Active Birth Centre to deliver The Seven Secrets of Birth module for her teachers This means that all those women wanting to train with Janet have to do my module which I co teach with her to be an accredited Active Birth teacher Janet read the book liked it wrote the foreword and then decided that the content was just what she had been looking for to enrich her training I have been delivering training in Lithuania to doulas for the Lithuanian Birth Sisters and may return to make a film about the midwife I met there I have also been invited to Canada this autumn to teach Seven Secrets doula training More locally Heart Radio asked me to be a guest and share my opinions about birth and relationships and I also went on Dr Phil s Saturday morning show on BBC Bristol after I approached the producer So as I sit down to write this I can see a lot has happened in the past year How has publishing Seven Secrets of a Joyful Birth helped bring about this I can see that publishing the book has opened doors that would have otherwise remained closed I have had lovely feed back from other birth teachers and women and I guess in many ways it has clarified my particular passion in birth the mind body psycho emotional aspect as well as including the baby in the whole preparation Where I feel I have much to learn is consistent promotion as often I am so busy teaching and seeing clients I am not promoting my book enough That said

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  • SilverWood Books - News Archive for February 2013
    for February 2013 Quick Start Guide About Us Author Testimonials Frequent Questions Our Publishing Packages Submission Guidelines Services for Writers The Learning Zone Book Marketing Latest News Events Contact Us T C SilverWood Bookshop Follow us on Sign up for eNews News Archive for February 2013 Voice from the Garden Long listed for Literary Prize 20 Feb 2013 SilverWood author Jane Dismore was thrilled to hear that her book The

    Original URL path: http://www.silverwoodbooks.co.uk/news/2013/feb (2016-02-16)
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  • SilverWood Books - News: 'Girl Cop' launch tops Waterstone's 25-year record!
    Girl Cop the life and loves of an officer on the beat to record crowds on Wednesday 16th January at Waterstones in Bath The book is a fictional rom com loosely based on Sandy s experiences as a young constable with The Avon and Somerset Constabulary Sandy used the collar number of her late colleague Andrew Cuff for her love interest in the novel Andrew lost his battle against cancer in 2011 and Sandy donates a percentage of sales to St Peter s Hospice in Bristol who cared for Andrew in his final days The Police Dependant s Trust also benefit from Sandy s work It has taken me five years to make my dream of being published a reality says Sandy I am so proud to finally see my novel on the shelves and be able to support my favourite charities from the proceeds A staggering 180 people attended the launch which included a talk from Sandy about her journey from paper to page followed by a book signing Sandy started writing Girl Cop in 2007 and fits in her writing around being full time mum whilst juggling a career in the force She has recently received her 21 year Long Service and Good Conduct Award Stephen Andrews Waterstone s Senior Bookseller said I have never seen such a well attended book launch in my twenty five years as a book seller in Bath Sandy will now build on her success by promoting Girl Cop nationwide and is already taking bookings for after dinner speaking motivational writing workshops She has started to write the sequel and intends to take Girl Cop further with the whole tale turning into a trilogy Want to meet Sandy Sandy s first public event will be to host a luncheon at The Priory Hotel

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  • SilverWood Books - News: Book Award Advice from Two-time Finalist
    of transparency surrounding the award In the case of NGIBA www indiebookawards com there was a promising set of characteristics a track record a named set of organisers a named set of judges across the US and Canada a clear timetable and set of rules testimonials from previous winners and a prize giving ceremony in New York with photographs from previous ceremonies on the website Once I had entered NGIBA were also good at keeping me up to date with the overall schedule I m not necessarily saying that this award was the best I could have chosen in the US as there were others I didn t try but I have no regrets about my selection The Wishing Shelf Awards are smaller scale and more recently established having been set up by Edward Trayer who writes children s books under the name Billy Bob Buttons two years ago in response to his own less than happy experiences with American book awards There is a good website www thewsa co uk and a below average entry fee 28 Each entrant is promised a copy of the award s accounts as well as feedback on his her submission 2 Be selective Once you have decided on a list of possible awards to enter you will probably wish to narrow it down Entries cost money for fees stationery and postage and the surrender of a couple of copies of your book and if you are not careful it is possible to rack up a small fortune in expenses As noted I decided on 3 one of which was selected deliberately to dip my toe into the American waters You also need to decide which category of award you wish to enter For the Wishing Shelf Awards in my case this was easy as it was only in the Adult Non Fiction section that my book could be placed 4 of the 6 Wishing Shelf Awards are for children s books Other awards can have literally dozens of categories from which to choose itself sometimes a danger sign At NGIBA I found a niche in the Memoir Other category 3 Decide in advance what you would like to get out of it Some awards offer small cash prizes but they are not the Booker Prize and no one is going to get rich on the winnings The usual prizes are medals and or certificates with the opportunity respectfully declined in my case to purchase additional medals and stickers I was quite clear in advance that any success would bring two kinds of reward The first is obviously the satisfaction of having your hard efforts in writing the book and SilverWood s in producing it positively recognised by a panel of independent assessors It is one thing to have your book receive the congratulatory best wishes of family and friends and these will always be welcome of course but it quite another for it to be acknowledged by peers and strangers It is confirmation

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  • SilverWood Books - News Archive for January 2013
    January 2013 Quick Start Guide About Us Author Testimonials Frequent Questions Our Publishing Packages Submission Guidelines Services for Writers The Learning Zone Book Marketing Latest News Events Contact Us T C SilverWood Bookshop Follow us on Sign up for eNews News Archive for January 2013 Girl Cop launch tops Waterstone s 25 year record 26 Jan 2013 SilverWood author Sandy Osborne launched her debut novel Girl Cop the life and

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  • SilverWood Books - News: SilverWood author divulges successful sales secrets
    start to think there s something in it What do you think it is about the book itself that is appealing to readers The appeal of the book lies partly in the cover a brilliant job by SilverWood s team quite honestly and partly because it is about the Great War which forms part of the title That period seems to be popular I was interviewed by BBC Radio Suffolk and the presenter compared it favorably to Downton Abbey which considering that programme s appeal must have helped My book is non fiction so you get the real social history of the time I know you ve been contacting local bookshops have managed to successfully get your books stocked How have you approached them and what advice do you have It s a question of sending them marketing material I had some nice looking cards done by SilverWood and a brief business like letter with my website and email details Or visit them yourself but contact them in advance so you talk to the right person In three shops I took a copy in to show them and they all bought it and with one of them the book was in the window within two hours Don t be afraid of sale or return provided you know something of the shop and know they do well and only leave maybe two or three copies to start with What other ways have you been marketing your book Marketing the book is very time consuming but it is vital My book has a ready market in two counties Suffolk and Dorset as my subject Pamela Hambro was born in the former and married into a family in the latter They were and are well known so that helped I also knew it would appeal in two stately homes with which my subject had connections so I asked them and they re both stocking it In marketing it s vital to think laterally outside the box so that you consider all sorts of groups of people who may be interested I contacted a heritage group in Suffolk who knows the family and I have now been approached by their council who want me to help in the restoration of the remaining bit of my subject s family s old estate and in doing so I will have the chance I hope to promote the book What advice can you give other self published authors in regards to their marketing campaign The main thing is don t be what I d call flaky We re writers and creative but in dealing with shops we are dealing with people who are trying to make a living and we are trying to make some money too This is no time to be unprofessional in approach You may think your book is wonderful and it probably is but to the outside world you are just another person trying to get on the shelves so you must make

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