Well. I’m a few weeks into Book Launch mode and the comments and reviews are now coming in. And I couldn’t be more thrilled.
Here’s a few examples:
"Alex, I had to read the first chapter to motivate me to finish the book I’m currently reading. I LOVE IT! You had me at 'blasé what-the-fuckedness.' I enjoyed meeting “her” and look forward to what she has in store for me! ~Norma
"Hi Alex. I can’t put A Road To Joy down. I am almost finished it. I have smiled, cried and laughed with almost every page."
"I felt your pain, your anguish and your fear in your words (because it perfectly described how I too would feel if our roles were reversed) and although you’ve had to carry on without him for a few years now, I wanted to tell you how brave and strong I think you are... Writing this book was the most admirable thing you could do to honour him [Alex's husband, Paul], and I feel incredibly privileged to have been able to learn of your journey."
"It has taken me a couple of days to speak to you after reading "A Road to Joy." ...Wow. Double wow! I have always respected your ability to speak and write with clarity and emotion from the heart, but this novel spoke to my heart completely. I felt like I was your shadow, experiencing all the heartbreak, angst, grief, questioning, anger, relief, calm, acceptance, joy - the kaleidoscope of feelings was almost overwhelming. Thank you for being able to so eloquently express your "head space" these past few years."
It’s getting pretty darned exciting!!
But marketing a book these days is a process, and I’d like to ask for your help….
Bottom line: A writer’s bread and butter is in the reviews.
Ideally, Amazon reviews. (You have to purchase a copy through Amazon to be able to leave a review there.) But also here, at http://ARoadToJoy.com/Reviews
Because word of mouth is everything. For the book to rank at all in the search engines, and within Amazon’s website, it all comes down to the number of reviews. So whether you liked the story a little or a lot, or hated it completely, please take a few minutes to just post a quick comment. As long or short as you want. As kind or ripping as you feel.
But so you know, when it actually comes right down to it, I really just want to know what you thought. And so does everybody else!
Thanks for this! And for telling others about it! And for lending your copy to someone else! And for connecting with me! It’s turning into an amazing journey – I thought The End was the end. Turns out it’s just the beginning!
With Overwhelming Gratitude,