Friday, 17 April 2015

YOUR help needed with a new author initiative

Your pre-order / pledge to buy a copy of my debut novel Umbilicus on publication in October 2015. It will be available in paperback and ebook format.

Dear family, friends, friends-of-friends, and colleagues, plus all my followers across all my social media platforms

As most of you probably know by now, I recently finished the manuscript for my adoption memoir Umbilicus, and hand-delivered it to my first choice publisher last month. On Tuesday this week I had a meeting with her. She loves my manuscript - says "it is a beautifully written brave piece of work" - a story that needs to get told, but they who hold the purse strings at head office need to see some solid pre-orders ('pledges to buy' on publication) before they will officially sign me. They need convincing that I am not a liability, that they will break even, maybe even make a profit on this, my debut novel.

I've been given till the end of next month to generate 1,000 pre-orders. I am furiously working on a proposal for several private schools to include this book in their Life Orientation curriculum (in either ebook or paperback format) as we speak, and have just set up a dedicated author page on Facebook to generate loads of 'Likes', which essentially translate into 'pledges to buy'. I really want this project to succeed. I NEED it to succeed. And this is where you guys come in - the more 'Likes' / 'pledges to buy' that you can help me generate on Facebook, the closer I am to reaching my goal. Pretty pretty please, with a cherry on top, help this old gal attain her dream? 'Like' and share the link to my Facebook author page with as MANY people you humanly know who will be interested in supporting this new author initiative.

For those of you who would like to fill in a one-minute reader survey (your gender, age, etc), click here. Please note - this survey is not an indication of a pre-order / pledge to buy, simply a bit of market research. You need to physically go and 'Like' my author page on Facebook. Also, if any of you have any bulk book-buying contacts / leads (schools etc), I would be eternally grateful if you could pass those onto me. 

Thank you! Love you long time. x