AGENT: I've been studying your files. Tell me, how many books have you written so far?
VIC M: Twenty-two. Some in paperback, some in Kindle and some in PDF format available FREE from my website.
AGENT: Great ... available FREE. No wonder I am earning peanuts as your agent. And the other books in paperback and Kindle are selling at a very low price indeed. What are you up to?
VIC M: Well ... the idea is not to make money. But to make sure that what I write, especially the Christian books, reach as many people as possible.
AGENT: Are you a Charity?
VIC M: No I am not. I just write books and hope that people enjoy them, that's all.
AGENT: Are you making a monkey out of me? As your Agent I should get 10% of your royalties, and according to my calculations 10% of Zero is still Zero. Understand? And if you pay your Agent in peanuts you get ...
VIC M: A very good agent. I know you're trying your best Bonzo ...
AGENT: Mr Bookshelf, to you. Bonzo Bookshelf ... that's my name.
VIC M: Mr Bookshelf, I appreciate you being my Agent and a good job you do too; but as I explained, my aim is to recover printing and sales costs, not to make money. That's why the book prices are so low, and some are FREE.
AGENT: As laughable as your Business Model and Strategy may be; I suggest we ... you ... do something to get more people to read your books. To reach a wider audience, or readership, as they say.
VIC M: What do you suggest I do?
AGENT: Have you thought of starting a Book Club?
VIC M: What's that?
AGENT: Get people to read your books and discuss them amongst themselves.
VIC M: You mean get them to meet at my house?
AGENT: No you idiot ... honestly ... you have the brain power of a lame pigeon. Your readers are from all over the place, America, Britain, Australia and so on. That's the beauty of AMAZON. You can't expect your readers to travel to your house. But you can get them to read a book and discuss it with you via e-mail. That's a one-to-one personal Book Club with the author. I bet not many authors do that. Your readers can write to you about a specific book you wrote and ask you about the plot, how you developed the characters, are they based on real people you know, and any other things they have gleaned from your books ... including the ones you so stupidly give away for FREE.
VIC M: That's not a bad idea.
AGENT: I'm not just a pretty face ... although some would dispute the aesthetics of my face. Have you got an e-mail address?
VIC M: Yes ... it's firstname.lastname@example.org ... all e-mails come straight to my desk.
AGENT: Great ... so let's do that ... From now on your readers can contact you with their comments, views, opinions and so on on the books they have read, and you promise to reply to each one. Agreed?
VIC M: Yes ...
AGENT: Next, you need to tell people about this new Book Club you have just launched.
VIC M: How do I do that?
AGENT: Listen lame pigeon ... Post something based on our discussion on your Blog. Encourage people to comment in the comments box. They can say anything; even just "Hello!" Encourage them to encourage other people, like their friends and relatives, to comment too.
Perhaps your readers can mention this on their Blogs and get their readers to visit you and comment too.
Put all the names of those who have commented in a hat. Draw out one name and give the winner one of your paperback books. Any book. They can choose.
And if everyone who comments says they were sent to your Blog by someone else then you put the name of the person who invited them in the hat too. So people can have their names in the hat more than once. Once for commenting, and another time when visitors say they were sent to your Blog by those people.
And also ... wait for it ... wait for it ... If anyone writes a Customer Review on AMAZON and tells you about it you put their name in the hat too.
VIC M: I'll have to write all this down.
AGENT: Here ... let me do it for you!
HOW DO I GET MY NAME IN THE HAT
FOR THIS COMPETITION?
1 Write a comment below. Any comment - not anonymous. (Your name is in the hat).
2 Tell your friends and relatives to do the same and mention your name. (Their name and yours is in the hat once again. Every time someone mentions you, their name and yours is in the hat again).
3 Write an article on your Blog about this competition. (Your name is in the hat).
4 Write a Customer Review on AMAZON. (Your name is in the hat).
That's four ways you can get your name in the hat over and over again. For example, write two Customer Reviews and your name is in the hat twice. More chances to win the draw and get ONE of the paperbacks sent to you. You choose which one you want. One person will win one book of their choice.
Also, anyone can join the Book Club by writing to email@example.com