My Name is Keith, and I Write Books No-one Reads

This isn’t a piece about sympathy, it’s a piece about reality. Most of the time, writing books is quite easy, enjoyable in fact. No one would write a book if (a) they didn’t want to or (b) they didn’t have to. There are lots of sub-reasons within those two categories, but for the most part people who write books want to write books. I fall into that category, for the most part.

Getting a book published is incredibly difficult. It’s far, far harder than writing a book. Ok, once you’ve got an agent and a publisher, then getting a book published is easier, but even then, what you write will be edited to buggery, and the end result might be thrown back at you as “not good enough”.

Selling books is harder than that.

Having released Almost Gone a week ago, without an agent or a publisher (though, also without anyone to tell me it’s not good enough), I can vouch for the selling bit.

Total sales after Week 1 = 0

But, as I said, this isn’t about sympathy. Thousands of books were released on September 5th, 2016. Thousands of those books have sold no copies. So, I say to all those authors, whether published or self-published, “Solidarity. You are not alone.”

Things might get better, they might not. But there’s always the next book, who knows if that will be a success? And don’t forget, you do this because you enjoy writing, so it’s fine.

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ALMOST GONE Ebook Released Today – 5th September 2016

poster-flyer base standard webToday is a very exciting day. Although I’m not saying my entire life has been leading up to this moment – being released by a major publisher in a frenzy of marketing in hard and soft back would be very nice – but it is very exciting to know that lots of people will be able to read my first ever novel for very little money. It’s the bit about lots of people reading it that makes me buzz. However you get hold of the book, in whatever format, just by reading it you get an idea of what was coming out of my head, the emotions, the inner thoughts, the meaning, maybe even imagining what the characters are feeling beyond the words. So, if you do read Almost Gone, then thank you, it does make a difference. And there’s the not so small matter of telling other people about it – word of mouth, social media, via reviews and mentions in the most unlikely of places. That means a lot too.

So it’s out there. If you have a Nook, an Apple or a Kobo reader then it will be there in your catalogue already. If you have a Kindle, then you can download it from the same place as you can download all the other formats, that’s www.tiny.cc/almostgone. It’s quite easy to remember, so tell a few others about it if you can. Feel free to share it around if you have bought it, as I said, it’s the buzz of knowing it’s being read :)

Update 07 September: Despite my antipathy to Amazon (the company, not the river or rainforest they stole the name from) I have been persuaded to add the book as a Kindle download. So, if you have a Kindle and want to search for “Keith Farnish” then please do so. At least I got to choose the price…

Taking The Plunge #2

almost_gone_cover_sp_72dpi_webWell, here it is, the front cover! You will probably notice a theme here – the wonderful photo that graces the Conorol website is also the basis for the cover, with a little text in a suitable font, and that’s it. So that’s the easy bit done.

Making the book visible to lots of people, pre- the launch date is the hard bit. There’s now an interview on Smashwords, which you can read here and maybe find out some things you didn’t know. It’s going to be a long summer, putting out feelers to all sorts of social media places and other more conventional places such as local papers (“LOCAL AUTHOR FINDS INSPIRATION IN THE BORDERS”) and whatever else I might dare to do. There’s even a discount code at the bottom of the website, which means you can pre-order the book for 50% of the normal selling price, which in itself is absurdly low, but as I say in the interview, it was never about making money, just putting some food on the table perhaps.

There will be lots of updates to come, but so you don’t get bored, I’ll try to keep them interesting – front cover of The Guardian Books anyone?