Finding ways to promote your work as an author with a book in an endless sea of new books is rather like getting caught in the swash and backwash at times. How do you ever get your book out into the wide ocean if it can’t even leave shore?

Since The Buddha’s Bone was released back in October, I’ve placed a few advertisements in KDP Sponsored ads, Ingram Advance Catalogue, Bargain Booksy and Myslexia. These have helped to get my book in front of readers, and my sales peak on days when I run promotions – though sadly I have no money tree in my garden to keep doing this on a regular basis.

Recently I decided to enter a couple of novel competitions too, in an attempt to garner more publicity for my work: the Rubery Book Award and the Bath Novel Award. I chose these two after considering the balance between payment and expected outcome: the reasonable fee for each was worth the opportunity to get my work in front of a new audience; in this case a panel of judges. For reference, I paid £44 for the Rubery Book Award and £29 for the Bath Novel Award.

What now? The longlist for the Bath Novel Award is due this month, and winners for both will be announced in July, so it’s a short wait for me. Regardless of the outcome, it was an experience worth doing as I have learned about the process involved in relation to entering future books into novel competitions. Either way, I’ll be writing another post on the topic, if you’re interested.

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her writing centres around protagonists who are on a journey of self-discovery and who explore their identity by overcoming adversity. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing ezine, with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from literary pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of construction vehicle books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: https://mailchi.mp/17e6ca162ff3/leilanie-stewart-author

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