Firstly, I seem to be participating more and more with charities. I certainly didn't know that when I 'retired' from my 'proper' job. However, it has been very rewarding, great fun and we've raised loads of cash for great causes; namely 2 childrens' homes in Cyprus and Sri Lanka.
One of the ways I have participated is to donate half of my book royalties, during a book signing. Now, a few of you may say: so what? Well it is a big deal if it gives you another reason for being there in the first place. A publicity tour can be ghastly and can leave an author feeling very vulnerable. Imagine, whatever you are trying to sell is being paraded in front of the publics' gaze, much like a Spartan baby exposed to the cruelties of Mount Tygetus. Selling things is part of the modern world, if you have a product, you have to sell it. But, this is no fun if it does not come naturally to you. So, added value like donating to a charity at the same time is a great way of overcoming this. I've discussed this with other authors and the majority feel the same way.
Over the past few weeks I've been hosting my giveaway of copies of The Crossing on Goodreads. It's led to me making lots of new friends, of whom come from all walks of life - a diverse public indeed. Many send me emails on my website www.faithmortimerauthor.com and I enjoy replying about me and my books. Keep them coming please!
A final hurrah today! This must be a red letter day as I have nearly finished the final chapter of my latest novel The Assassins' Village. There are lots of twists in the final pages. The key is how long do I draw it all out without losing readers attention.
A bit like a blog really I suppose...
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