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How do you measure self pub success? And a teaser for my new novel, Diary of a Wannabe Shopping Channel Presenter, coming Easter 2014!
4 April 2014

Number 26 in Kindle freebie UK chart Number 26 in Kindle freebie UK chart

So my Mothers’ Day giveaway went with a bang! And apart from the qvc blog comp giveaway, for those who didn’t realise I had a freebie eBook short story on offer, called When Dreams Return. Plus a 99p offer over the weekend for my Till the Fat Lady Slims weight loss /autobiographical book. They both sold well and I had lots more reviews added to Amazon. They’re one way of measuring success if you self-publish – for instance, my Hawaiian Affair is just 4 short of 100 five star reviews, and I’m sure that helps some people decide what to choose. Does it you? It does me.

Numbers of sales/downloads is also a measure – 2390 in UK and 285 in US got When Dreams Return. This means I now have 14 pages (or 70 book) ‘also bought’s’ – where your book can appear reciprocally on others’ pages too – it all helps.

But the biggest measurement is of course the charts. On Amazon there are loooooads of charts, some very obscure. However, I’m glad to say I reached number one in the freebie chart for WDR under ‘books/fiction/horror’ – which meant more people would see it if they explored the charts looking for new titles. And even better, I got as high as number 23 in the overall UK kindle free book chart!

And very pleasing it was too!


Till the Fat Lady Slims also reached the heady heights in the paid charts of around 450, one of the highest positions any of my books has reached – so thank you everyone who took part. One of the best things about a kindle countdown deal for those registered to their exclusive service KDP select (a box you tick when you upload your ebook to amazon via KDP) is the new countdown analysis – statistics which showed me I sold over 1000% more books in that four days than previously. Anyway, it all helps to spread the word about me as an author, even if it doesn’t rack up the dollars massively. Interesting promotion tools though eh? And well worth considering if you self-publish.

In fact, if you do, next week I’m going to feature a guide to what tools you can use in your quest to promote your own first self-published book – some are obvious, but some you might not know about, so do come back next week!


Diary of a Wannabe Shopping Channel Presenter – THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS

And now Mothers’ Day weekend promotions are over, the serious countdown begins to the next book – a fictional (honestly!) story of a twenty-something trainee journalist and her quest to become the next star of home shopping TV, or selly-telly. Behind the scenes shenanigans and an unusual romance feature in this cross between Bridget Jones, Alan Partridge, and Eddie Murphy in HolyMan. Here’s a little teaser of the cover – the whole thing will be revealed next week! And the countdown is on – till Easter weekend – just two weeks to go!

PLUS – NEWSFLASH – both Hawaiian Escape and Hawaiian Affair will both be on offer at just £1.52 Easter weekend – don’t miss it!


Other news for self-publishers and trad pub writers alike –

-          How to use clever Scrivener programme to help you write efficiently – great for beginners – find out more here

-          Another fab blog for writers – with the great title of ‘writing novels that sell’ – er, yeh! Kind of important! Adrienne de wolfe knows her stuff.

                                                          Click here to see it.

-          And how to make yourself write morelots of tips from her here.


All my books are below

Have a great week and don’t forget there’s more about RiWiSi on my book section on the main QVC weekly blog – see blog tab above.




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Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy or Hawaiian Affair PG versions are both available on Amazon in either eBook or paperback.

 (Book 3 ‘Hawaiian Retreat – Helen’s Story’ is coming in the Summer)

Till the Fat Lady Slims is my 2002 weight loss book all about eating like slim people do, following Food Freedom technique. As used and recommended on our Back to You QVC Facebook group!

‘When Dreams Return’ – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for…

The Valentine’s Surprise is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

OTHER WORK IN PROGRESS (see my new Work In Progress tab above for updates!)

‘Diary of a Wannabe Shopping Channel Presenter’ – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in Holy Man… coming Easter 2014


PS – as promised -



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  • Comment Link Joanne Kershaw 5 April 2014 posted by Joanne Kershaw

    Love the cover, purple is always eye catching. xx

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