Getting your Kindle Ebook out there through free promotions and giveaways!

I made use of Amazon’s free Ebook promotions this week with two of my publications, for two days each. Prior to that I also offered the latest one for free on Facebook, and in total 90 copies went out. I also sold nine Ebooks, and one paperback last week, so that was a total of 100. There are writers who see that number of books flying out within minutes, but I am certainly a long way from that lofty position at this moment in time!

I have currently received four 5-star reviews on my newest offering and will consider myself lucky to end up with ten, overall, from amongst the 100 readers! As we all know, only a small percentage of customers actually leave reviews – or is that just my experience?

My intention is just to create awareness, at this stage; I still have to add to my collection so that satisfied customers have plenty to choose from if they so wish… well, that’s the plan, anyway!

However, I have one book that I just cannot give away! It is a 68-page dating guide, which has been a huge source of frustration for me. I wrote it because my ‘day job’ allows me to work with people from all over the world, responding to their life questions/issues… and the subject that absolutely comes up again and again is… love!

I began to recognise that there are only so many problems that we humans face; they just pop up a hell of a lot. And, I also recognised that people, especially women, were falling into the same dating traps again and again – so, I identified those traps and wrote about them, hoping to help the habitually love-lorn and disappointed to avoid them like the plague, and therefore have more success in finding love! Sounds simple, doesn’t it?

Now, this was a bitch of a book to write. I struggled because I am aware of how sensitive and defensive people can be where their love life is concerned. I re-wrote the darned thing a million times, but I was determined not to let it get the better of me. I promoted it by email to a large number of my customers… with only a few takers. I also published it on Amazon and did receive a couple of reviews, one stating that it was almost too close to home for comfort! However, I didn’t like the cover and it was going nowhere, so I unpublished it. I have recently republished it, re-written and with a different cover. I have put it up for free promotion on Amazon for two days, but at the time of writing there have been no takers (the others started to go out almost immediately). I have decided that I am just going to let it run and leave it where it is… it isn’t eating up any space, as they say!

But, I really think that it is time I let this one go. There are loads of dating books out there (most of them talking to women as if they are made out of cut glass and deserving of the most perfect man in the world… wow, I’m not bitter, am I!), so I do know that the subject matter does sell… just not this book. It isn’t even that people are reading it and saying, “dear God, this is s**t!” They just aren’t interested, even for free. So, there you go, a lesson learned! From now on I am going to stick with my favourite niches of spiritual and everyday life/relationships. None of my other books have caused me anywhere near the same level of suffering as that 68-page bitch!



Aha, I finally discovered how to place my books in additional categories on Amazon!

I bet you all knew how to do this, and I am the only one who has only recently cottoned on… you know, how to have your books added to more categories on Amazon. But, just in case there is anyone out there who didn’t know, here is the email I received when I asked how I should go about it (if you are viewing this through a phone a little of the following email may be cut off. If so, I am happy to send it to you via email):

I am happy to help you!

I would like to inform you that you won’t be able to add more categories from self-service option in neither KDP, nor Author Central.

But for your convenience, we can add them for you from our end.

Please write us back with the list of categories, that you want to be added to your books with ISBN/ ASIN of Books, and we will be happy to help you.

You can easily write us back using the below link:

Here’s how to find and choose the category path:

For Books:

1.    Go to
2.    Locate the search bar
3.    Change “All” to the “Books” Department. Click Search.
4.    Find the section titled, “Show results for” on the left side of the webpage.
5.    Below this section, you can view categories under “Books”
6.    Click on a category to view subcategories. Choose which ones fit your paperback(s). This will be your category path.

Send us the category path in the following format: “Books > CATEGORY > SUBCATEGORY.”

For Kindle ebook:

1.    Go to
2.    Locate the search bar
3.    Change “All” to the “Kindle Store” Department. Click Search.
4.    Click “Kindle eBooks” under “Kindle Store,” located on the left side of the webpage
5.    Under the same section, “Kindle eBooks,” you can view available categories.
6.    Click on a category to view subcategories. Choose which ones fit your ebook(s). This will be your category path.

Send us the category path in the following format: “Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > CATEGORY > SUBCATEGORY.”

We also have this helpful guide on categories:

we look forward to assist you further. Thank you for using Author Central.

Just in case you need to know, the ISBN/ ASIN number can be found on your book listing info, or on your KDP bookshelf. I successfully had my publications added to more categories than the ‘sign up’ form allowed, which has to increase the chance of being seen, even if only to a small degree. It takes a little time but is worth trying. I received confirmation within an hour or so that the categories had been added, although you need to allow up to 72 hours for it all to happen.

Obviously, how many extra categories are relevant depends upon the genre of the book; I write about spirituality, and also about ordinary people in everyday life and their relationships, and they don’t sit under the same umbrella. But, it is worth looking into and is quite easy to do. You have to follow it exactly as they state: I forgot to say Kindle Store before adding the rest of the info and they told me that I had to re-submit it. Anyway, there it is… you might find other categories for your book/s that are not currently being utilised!

If you write regularly, then you ARE a writer… you don’t need to be on a best sellers list in order to qualify!

If you say you want to be a writer, then you have to write. If you write regularly, then you are a writer. Writers are not just those who make it onto some or other best sellers list… they are people who are compelled to write, regardless of their level of skill or experience. They have something to express and to share. If you are a writer who hides all of your work in the bottom drawer, you are a closet writer… and hopefully, you will ‘come out’, one day!

Continue reading “If you write regularly, then you ARE a writer… you don’t need to be on a best sellers list in order to qualify!”

Can a slow writer make a living as a freelancer? It appears that the answer is probably not!

I am a slow writer, and it takes me forever to write a blog. Having researched the subject of freelance writing it is clear to me that anyone who wants to make a living from the writing of articles and blogs needs to be able to whip them up in the blink of an eye. One woman, in particular, outlines her daily routine and allocates 2 hours for the production of her commissioned articles (notice I say articles, in the plural!). Usually, I can’t complete even one blog for one of my websites in 4 or 5 hours, never mind 2, and so the idea of being able to make it big as a freelancer is probably a bit of a pipe-dream!  Continue reading “Can a slow writer make a living as a freelancer? It appears that the answer is probably not!”

They say that money can’t buy happiness… well, I am sorry, but it CAN!

I have, as they say in Liverpool, been on the bones of my arse…  more than once.

In the past, I have been so skint that I owned just one pair of second-hand shoes (which were falling to pieces), and could only afford to feed my young children on fish fingers and baked beans from the cheapest supermarket. I had debtors calling on the phone at all hours and drove cars that others would have scrapped in an instant (one in particular, which cost me £50, had the driver’s seat wedged in place with a tree stump). And yes, this was in what is considered to be a wealthy country, so you can see how much I had messed up in order to reach that point! Continue reading “They say that money can’t buy happiness… well, I am sorry, but it CAN!”

7 nuggets of wisdom to help you keep your dating s**t together!

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Fancying the pants off someone should be fun! Dating, and becoming a little – or a lot – infatuated, should be an exciting part of a process that eventually leads us to join forces with someone we can imagine ourselves waking up next to every day (and, vice versa, of course) – not the beginning of an intense and insecure drama!

So, how can we make the experience of dating work in our favour? How can we ensure that we don’t fall head first into confusing or increasingly complicated situations that have no chance of developing into anything worthwhile? Well, to start with, here are 7 nuggets of dating-world wisdom that can help you to keep your s**t together! Continue reading “7 nuggets of wisdom to help you keep your dating s**t together!”

“When will my life get better?” Are you a victim of being a victim? Here’s how you can change it!

No-one wants to admit to thinking and living like a victim. And as victim mentality is one of those super-sensitive subjects that have the capacity to elicit an immediate and highly defensive response, I am aware that I may be treading on very thin ice with this blog.

However, it is something that I feel very passionate about because I have worked with hundreds and hundreds of people who have reduced their own lives (and those of their nearest and dearest) to miserable rubble, as a result of focusing on what they have ‘been through’. I am not, for one second, suggesting that there is no such thing as victimhood; absolutely not, that would be ridiculous. However, it is actually possible to be a victim, without being a victim… if you understand what I mean.

So, what does thinking, feeling and behaving like a victim entail?

Continue reading ““When will my life get better?” Are you a victim of being a victim? Here’s how you can change it!”

Online business – is it all or nothing? Success or failure, big bucks or pennies?

The internet has created a global market place for anyone at all who wishes to sell any kind of product or service… which in turn has opened up a black hole sized portal to an endless amount of competition, and a tsunami of information, advice, and opinions! In my quest to expand my minuscule business empire, I have repeatedly been overwhelmed and exhausted by all of the free advice I really need to follow, if I am serious about getting onto that first rung of the success ladder… and by the follow up message that actually, what I really need is to buy a fairly pricey course that reveals ‘secrets’ only available to the smart few who have the cash and the foresight (and which also grants them access to sacred inner sanctums… usually located on Facebook). Continue reading “Online business – is it all or nothing? Success or failure, big bucks or pennies?”

Make your goals visible and colourful, and engage with them every day!

My positivity board is fixed to the wall in my cozy little office, as a colourful reminder of some of my hopes, dreams, and intentions. When I created it, I was focusing on the main things that were on my mind at that time, but I now feel that I need an additional board, covering two other goals that are highly important to me. I am going to start collecting relevant images, words, and phrases this weekend.

To some, it might all just seem to be a bit of silly stuff… childish, even, especially for someone in her 60’s. Well, all I can say is that the board always gives me a little buzz of pleasure, when I turn slightly in my chair to gaze upon the cheerful images and messages… some of which have actually become a reality in my life. Continue reading “Make your goals visible and colourful, and engage with them every day!”

I hate the effort and sweat of fitness training (and everything else, come to think of it) – until I have finished!

Last night I put myself through 45 minutes of circuit training, followed by 60 minutes of kickboxing fitness training (it was a killer session). I really wanted to shout at the instructor (who just so happens to be my eldest daughter), “RIGHT, lady – I’ve just about had enough of this! I am 61 you know – don’t you think you are being ridiculously unreasonable in your demands?”, and slope miserably off to the sidelines. In my fantasy world, that’s exactly what I did do; in the real world, I gritted my teeth and kept going. And although I can still feel every inch of it in so many muscles, I can also feel the underlying benefit. I know for sure that I will force myself through several more sessions this coming week, too… and the week after that, etc, etc.

Late this morning I sat in front of my laptop, and couldn’t think of a single thing to write about. NCIS was on the TV, in the background, and I suddenly remembered that I wanted to check out my American cousin’s eBay site, to see how it is doing, and whether or not it is worth giving it another go myself (I decided that it isn’t). I considered going into the kitchen to get something else to eat, and wondered if I needed another cup of tea or not… and all the while, an insistent, uneasy guilt was nagging away at me: “you’re supposed to be writing today, and developing other aspects of your business – remember?”. I did remember, but procrastinating was a whole lot easier than making myself actually put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). Obviously, I did eventually start… by writing about my own resistance, and the desire to avoid effort at all costs! Continue reading “I hate the effort and sweat of fitness training (and everything else, come to think of it) – until I have finished!”

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