Just a short one while I’m thinking of it. I was asked about my number one writing tip and I think it is that I seek honest feedback. I totally appreciate that it can be difficult to give sometimes, but I am most grateful for honesty. Truly.
I don’t ask beta readers, coaches or friends to make me feel good, I ask them how I can improve … and I love the answers. Sometimes they can be “wrong” but they are never unhelpful and usually they are right.
Sometimes we differ on opinion or advice and sometimes it is different “grammar rules” but for the most part, they each lift my game a little (and sometimes a lot), and it is a little like having a mirror placed in a blind spot, a light shone in a dark corner, or a lid being lifted on a whole new jar of tricks. I love that they want these things for me!
It sounds so obvious but it isn’t. And I have to say, I’d do the same for you. When I beta read for others I try to be as honest as I can, and I know it’s not easy. No one wants to hurt feelings. But do yourself a favour and #AskForHonesty.
“Here she comes, running, out of prison and off the pedestal: chains off, crown off, halo off, just a live woman.” ― Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Everyone loves a success story, but of course, success means different things to different people and at different times. As an author, the sheer number of books sold is one measure of success, but so are awards, accolades and “Best Seller” lists. I have hit number one on a couple of lists on the days that the book was free, and the numbers of books sold are climbing steadily.
But for me right now the greatest joy are the success stories! The feedback from complete strangers that tells me that my theory works, it makes sense, it is easy to read and put into action, and that at .99c it accessible to almost anyone. This is bringing me great joy on all kinds of levels and I would love to blog about some of these stories.
Sooooo… if you have read the book, I would love to hear from you personally… It is up to you whether you would like me to interview you on here, me to simply publish what you have to say, or whatever else works best for you. Thank you all for this feedback so far, for passing it on to others (for I don’t even know over 2,000 people so they must have got it from somewhere right?!) …
You can contact me in the comments below, or by signing on here (which will put you on the list for the non spam emails which will give details for the feedback and interviews and you can then answer me back at that address). I am so enjoying reading your stories!
I had no idea how many books would sell, but twelve days in and we got the results from Kindle yesterday. Over two thousand books have been sold so far and we haven’t even been out 2 weeks yet! Most went on the free days of course, but the idea is to get it out there and help people with anxiety to get some real tools that they can do something with, so that is a massive start. Word is trickling out there and I have already been asked to speak to a group of counselors (I will let you know when that is firmed up).
One of the hardest things about writing is wondering whether people will ever want to listen (read) what you have to say, and the feedback so far is something that I could only ever have wished for before now. I had been asked to speak about my techniques before but felt nervous and embarrassed and needed to get the words onto paper first. So I would always turn down the opportunities. But now that the book is out and receiving such rave reviews I am starting to feel a little braver. So it is time to put on my big girl pants and start saying yes! I need to get the practice and I need to get my nerves out on the smaller groups before I get to the bigger ones.
It feels so much safer to stick to my friendly wonderful following and keep my neck inside my tortoise shell where I won’t get knocked around so much, but I know that if I want to get the next book out there and this one to more people to help them, then I have no option but to stick my neck out! So thank you all for giving me the encouragement and strength to do so!
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Out of more than seventy thousand books that are free on any one day on Amazon Kindle, making the top 100 is a huge deal. For no other reason than that the algorythms change and Kindle push you forward. But you need to make that list. Yesterday I got to 108, how close is that! Out of all those tens of thosuands of books I came within eight of making the good list. Today is the last day of the free giveaway and we are starting to slip, so if you are any position to spread the word and a bunch of people grab it while it is free, we still could do it. But it is today or bust!
I am so blown away by your support so far and the amount of people who have taken a chance on an unknown author. 108 is pretty good! So I’d love to launch into the next phase of “just sitting there for sale” …..with a bang and a “best seller” tag 🙂
We are number one in stress managment and number one in short reads (under 90 minutes)…
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The full link to the book itself is here, or look it up on Amazon in your region by seraching for Jennifer Peacock-Smith, or The Lion and the Peacock”
I am so blown away by the public response to my book! I have no idea what I expected: we all (well me anyway) have a dream, a hope, a best-case-scenario that goes around in our heads, as well as a total disaster worst-case-scenario which we dread. I sometimes feel as though I am a goldfish, going around and around in circles, regularly coming to exactly the same space I was a few hours ago and having exactly the same reaction “this is going to be fine…” and then “What on earth was I thinking, putting my heart and soul out there, they are all going to laugh at me!” And then “this is going to be fine (again).
So in terms of what I thought would happen, well, I had absolutely no idea what to expect or what was realistic. And I still think that all the people who will ever like it have now said so and now it will flop completely…
Total strangers have bought my book and so far every single review has been 5 stars. Now THAT is something that I did not even hope for in my best-case-scenario dream! But I am also realistic and maybe this is where the good part of the dream ends?
The book will be FREE for a few days from right now through Saturday, so please feel free to download it, read it and let me know what you think. And to let anyone else know who may be interesting.
I am also learning that reviews are everything. I saw a picture on Twitter today with the headline “Authors can’t sell books without reviews!” and if I had a dollar for every time that I have heard that in the last year then I wouldn’t need to write books; I’d be rich! I know that as a reader I never understood the value other than ego, of writing a review, but now I do! The algorithms and stats are there for a reason so that people can’t sell or use robots for “fake” reviews, but it does mean that there is a load of importance placed on real ones, and these are used for Amazon to decide who they promote and who they don’t. And so now I am slowly chipping away at writing a review for every book that I have ever read!
So if you have a few moments of time and have not read the book yet, then I would love you to read it for free here, and an honest review would mean the world to me! 🙂 You can leave one at Goodreads as well as on the Amazon book itself: