Looking forward to the New Year.... - Phil Cox

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It’s been a while since the last blog post; the usual day to day responsibilities have got in the way of riding and writing. The Christmas break has provided a lot of opportunity to revisit the marketing of my book with a view to shifting the remaining copies of the last order. I have also decided to publish to Kindle but have a few issues around the US tax treaty with the UK and getting a decent cover image that is formatted for Kindle.

The opportunity to place a stall in Wantage’s community shop arose in November, I thought this would be a good idea given the annual Dickensian evening would mean around 5,000 people descending on the town square to enjoy the festive extravaganza. I did my best to set up a classy looking stall that promoted the Cri Du Chat Syndrome Support Group as well as my book but it wasn’t that successful. In stepped Mim, the lady who put a lot of hard work into getting the shop up and running, her take on class was much better than mine! I have yet to go back and see how many books have sold…a treat for the New Year.

Having recently discovered the many and varied services offered on fivrr.com, I have paid my $5 to a graphic designer who will recreate the original book cover for Kindle. I paid up front for the design after a brief e mail exchange with this UK based person. I had a design but just needed it in Kindle format, he was happy to do this so I will wait and see. It is possible to do all this stuff yourself but I would have to learn it from the ground up; there are currently not enough hours in the day so fivrr.com seemed like a good idea.

I also became aware of a free reviewing service that will post the review onto their website if they believe it is worthy….I thought I had nothing to lose and you never know who might see this stuff.

As to getting out on a bike ride, I think this will have to wait until next weekend. Until then, it will be the gym.

Further reading…..

If you liked this blog please take a moment to check out my book describing the solo Land’s End to John O’Groats ride in 2012, all profit from sales to www.criduchat.org.uk

Please click the cover image for the Kindle version or click here to order a paperback copy. Thank you!


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