Here, let me help you with that promotion …

Seumas Gallacher:

…Susan M. Toy gets it spot on, m’Lady … re-bloggingthis one too :)

Originally posted on Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing:

“Get someone else to blow your horn and the sound will carry twice as far.” — Will Rogers

There is nothing worse – and I mean NOTHING!! – than an author who over-self-promotes!

Now I didn’t say just “self-promotes” but qualified it with “over”, because we all need to do a little bit of promoting, within reason, to get the word out about what we’ve written. Even traditionally published authors need to promote themselves, because many publishers just don’t have the financial wherewithall to deal individually with each author on their list. And you authors already know who your personal and professional contacts are, anyway, so you have a better chance of attracting attention by approaching those people personally.

But what happens when you run out of those initial contacts and begin preaching to the converted, so to speak? How do you attract new readers to yourself and your work…

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…a million-copies best-selling Author starts with just ONE copy sale… #TBSU…

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…yes, Mabel, I know, I know… sum’times I’m the master of stating the bluudy obvious… so why throw that blog post header in here?… our old Chinese pal, Lao Tzu, may not have been much of a librarian, but he’s one of prob’ly hundreds of Ancients who supposedly uttered the other indisputable truism, ‘…the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’… the similarities are relevant… reaching the destination of Bestsellerville parallels much of the long-distance trudger… initial freshness lapses into boredom at times, downright ennui at others, and excruciating draginess toward the finishing line… this ol’ Jurassic’s had to learn about paceabout patience… and most importantly, about relishing the simple, small victories… as a scribbler, of course I wanna see gazillions of downloads… and sales… and readers… and reviews… and… and… and… well… yeez Lads and Lassies of Blog Land know what I mean… there’s also that other sneaky element… luck… it plays a part, too… but for that, I hark back to one of the best golfers of a previous era, Gary Player, who often said, ‘…the harder I WURK and practice, the luckier I get…’ …it’s the same with yer quill-scraping…. WURDS don’t usually appear by magic… plot twists and knock-’em-for-six narratives take a lot of toil… the added, constant labour for the independent, self-publishing legions these days is the ubiquitous requirement to tramp the SOSYAL NETWURK paths… no rest for the wicked, and, sorry to say, no rest for the righteous either… yeez have to do it day by day… a million-copies best-selling Author starts with just ONE copy sale… go slay ‘em!… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ... oh, and show folks yer masterpieces, like this:




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…I ask for no thanks… merely doing my wee bit to bring together the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’… #TBSU…

…there are times when my little grey cells are so sparse, yeez can count them on one finger… ‘muddle’ is my middle name… or was that, ‘middle’ is my……? …blessed with flashes of Einsteinian insights I am not… and regularly, my elevator certainly ‘doesn’t go all the way to the top’… nevertheless, into every intelligence-starved brain the occasional geniusism glints…in pursuit of an everlasting legacy to leave behind for Mankind when I eventually slope off to the big Laptop Shop in the Sky, I believe I have discovered my wee offering for the rest of yeez out there… it’s apparent to me that a gazillion squillions of moolah is sloshing around in certain parts of the globe, seeking new homes… yeez have all seen them… the daily, almost hourly, emails from assorted widows of Nigerian/Burkina Faso/Somalian/Liberian generals with oodles of unclaimed dollars to share… obscure officials from even more obscure Financial Central Banks from places with names straight out of the Scrabble dictionary… with dead-mens’ fortunes to spirit away… on the distaff side of the email inbox, other types of messages arrive… yeez can spot them immediately… the tell-tale sign is the opener, ‘My dearest whoever yeez are’… ‘Chosen one of my heart…’ ‘I’ve carefully selected your name’… (I’d always thought my parents had done that)…etc… these unfortunate souls have been stricken with poverty-inducing tragedies on a scale only matched by that time Miley Cyrus was obliged to go on stage fully-clothed… but, I digress… here’s my plan… I’ve devised a means of tying up the two types of email streams… the Moolah-Mountain-Moguls with the Charity-Cherishing-Champions… there’s them what wants to give… and them what wants to receive… …I ask for no thanks… merely doing my wee bit to bring together the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’… and maybe this ol’ Jurassic’ll be able to get on with the rest of his email life in peace… although somehow, I feel that may not happen anytime soon… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ


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Ode to Hath

Seumas Gallacher:

…. here’s a Scots lassie who combines her love of poetry and bikes … my pal Author Ailsa Abraham…enjoy…:)

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I have a motorcycle

He’s my pride and joy indeed

I am never ever happier

Than when taking bends at speed.

I sing with joy while riding

On my black and silver steed.

In summer time when it is hot

The bikers all turn to

A ride-out I can find sometimes

I raise left fist “YooHoo!”

The bikers’ salute is returned

I slide in at the back

And gently work my way along

Into the revving pack

And then I’m in my element

I could not ask for more

Though they are all big hairy blokes

And I’m just five feet four.

There’s growling Harleys, Kwakers,

Oh my saints alive!

There’s one great big Laverda

Though we’re just a 125

They treat us like a brother

For the miles I tag along

Then with a final left salute

I go home, filled with song.

Cos just for a few minutes

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Seumas Gallacher

Seumas Gallacher:

…yeee hawwww.!!.. I get to feature on ‘Reading Recommendations’…thanks m’Lady Susan M. Toy at IslandCatCreations …

Originally posted on Reading Recommendations:


Seumas Gallacher

What is your latest release and what genre is it?Savage Payback, a crime thriller

Quick description: A series of coordinated lethal bomb attacks on a dozen jewelry stores in London’s West End drag former SAS officer, Jack Calder and his specialist security firm, International Security Partners, into a deadly mesh of murder and international drug running.

A black ops explosives expert, an ex-colleague turned renegade mercenary with a twisted lust for revenge, emerges from the past to join forces with a powerful and dangerous drug baron from Eastern Europe.

A major cocaine trafficker from South America compounds the threats as competitive turf issues straddle international territories.

Attacks close to home heighten the urgency for Calder and his team to find and deal with each of the three sinister adversaries in a final savage payback


Brief biography:
Seumas Gallacher escaped from the world of finance five years…

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…Authors, don’t read too much into yer masterpiece’s reviews… neither brilliant nor blehh!… #TBSU…

…we quill-scrapers can be a sensitive bunch… as far as criticising our wee masterpieces are concerned, it can be very much a ‘…if yeez-prick-me-do-I-not-bleed?’ drama thing… and no amount of emotional tourniquets or Granny’s salve, ‘…don’t worry, son, I LUV yer WURK, even if these nutters out there don’t appreciate it’ will make the nasty review beastie ‘go away’… after a while yeez get to understand that sycophants and trolls exist happily side by side in the Literary WURLD… and yeez all get yer fair share of them over time… the slalom of LUV IT/HATE IT/LUV IT/HATE IT/LUV IT most of us experience about our own production usually becomes less violent after a time, and we kinda just know the level of quality of the hours/days/eons of our labours that finish up on the real or virtual shelves… reviews are important, however… reviews show yeez that sumb’dy’s at least taken time to actually read yer stuff… reviews give other prospective buyers/downloaders a sense of yer wee babies… and in the universe of the Great God Amazon Kindle, reviews are the magnets yeez want to have on yer author’s page… a WURD of caution to any of yeez who may (heaven forfend) seek to manipulate or even womanipulate yer reviews… manufactured sheaves of 5-star repeated commendations with a WURD or phrase tweeked here and there are so transparently obvious… and paradoxically, a smattering (just a smattering, mind) of even negative comments lend positive credence to the panel of reviews yeez get… readers are not dumb… they like what they like, and can make their own minds up… yeez ‘ll get to learn whose opinions to respect, whose advice to heed, whose directions to take aboard… and ignore the rest… treat them as neither brilliant nor blehh!… they only are… this lot below have attracted more than 100 reviews to date, and I won’t bore yeez with the individual aggregate of stars (I’ll leave that to the astronomers and astrologers), but I’m happy with them… and if any of yeez feel inclined to add yer own tuppence-worth to them, be my guest… see yeez later…LUV YEEZ

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Glass Houses

Seumas Gallacher:

…magnificent post by Jo Robinson !! a must read for anyone on ANY side of this discussion… beautifully expressed, m’Lady ..I’m gonna reblog this :):)

Originally posted on Jo Robinson:

Many established self-published authors are very helpful to newbies, sharing the knowledge that they have gained on their individual scribbling trips. There are also loads of books available too these days covering everything from formatting to marketing. Some things are pretty straightforward to learn, but other things are just opinions, no matter how strongly they’re voiced. Like giving your books away for free. Some authors are quite scathing about there being so many free books out there, that they feel they are losing out on selling their own. Then there are the calls for gatekeepers to stop the badly edited, formatted, or written books from ever making it out there, and thereby offend readers so badly that they will never so much as glance at a self-published book again, thereby also taking food out of “legitimate” self-published authors mouths.

I’ve made pretty much all the mistakes any newbie can flying…

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