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Self publishingPosted by John Barlow Sun, February 12, 2012 12:42:40

HOPE ROAD has now been out two months as a Kindle novel, although considerably less time on other vendor sites. I finally managed to get it on the Tescos ebook site last week, which means the places where you can now buy it is now as follows, with the Kindle still accounting for most sales: Waterstones Tescos Kobo Apple

Sony B&N Diesel Smashwords W H Smiths Book Dep.

I would have been better to have got the novel listed at all non-Amazon sites and then do the Kindle upload; in that way I could have had something like an official launch date. Many book bloggers are happy to program a mention/interview etc. to coincide with a launch date, and in future I'll try and plan ahead more.

Nevertheless, through my somewhat uncoordinated attempts at being a publicist, I’ve discovered what amazing people book bloggers are. Enthusiastic, generous, dedicated. And they read so much! It makes me embarrassed at the amount I manage to read in an average week.

I started contacting bloggers seriously in the New Year, and six weeks later I have had a pretty decent response. I may have missed some of them, but I've listed here over thirty reviews, guest blogs, interviews and other mentions of the ebook. There are quite a few more coming up, and given that six weeks ago I knew nothing at all about ebook marketing, I’m quite pleased with the exposure the book has had. A massive thank you to all those who were kind enough to let me onto their blogs!


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Posted by John Barlow Wed, February 15, 2012 22:20:32

Hi Rosie. Life has a habit of getting crazy! Hope it gets better soon. Best, johnB

Cheers Señor Bunny Chow! Best wishes to you, too. John

Posted by Rosie Tue, February 14, 2012 13:02:50

Glad to see you're getting good responses! Apologies for not answering re: additional Kindle/Amazon review, my life got crazy busy just after your email, but I haven't forgotten and will get round to it soon! Cheers Rosie

Posted by Mr Bunny Chow Mon, February 13, 2012 12:59:54

Hi John, there is now a review as well as the original mention over at thanks for the mention above and I wish you the best of luck moving forward with Hope Road and any future books.


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Posted by Miles Green Mon, February 13, 2012 08:41:25

Saw this from a link at Kindleboards. I know how much effort goes into mailing all the bloggers, then doing the blog posts and interviews... To achieve so much in 6 weeks is totally cool. Keep it up!

Posted by Mark Lessing Sun, February 12, 2012 13:10:14

Bloody hell! You're in the wrong job, John! That's fantastic in six weeks. Cheers! ML