A few people have asked me if there is anything they can do to help me win this contest. First off: thanks so much for caring enough to even utter those words.It means a lot.
Here is what I know about the contest:
The contest winner receives 20,000 British Pounds and a book deal along with a marketing campaign and all the glory that goes with it. Also here are the FAQs for the contest's webpage.
So I want to win, surely. But aside from writing (what I believe to be) a great book, getting it set up as both a good looking physical book and an well-formatted ebook, and then getting those books entered into the contest yesterday, there isn't a whole lot that I can see from Amazon about what exactly I need to do to increase my odds of winning. What I do know is that if I hadn't entered the contest, then there is no way the book could win at all. That's a truth that has served me well with contests in the past, and it is advice that I will give my daughters when they're old enough to worry about things like that.
It is possible that if you review The Bombmaker's Wife here: (Review the Bombmaker's Wife on Amazon.UK) then it will make the book more visible to the judges at Amazon, but I cannot guarantee that. It's also possible that if it sells a lot of copies, then the book will be more likely to win. But, like I said, I don't know for sure. There is some mention that this contest functions similarly to the Kindle Scout program (but if you don't know what that is, then that means nothing to you.)
What I am doing to spread the word about the book in a way that I hope is a bit less annoying than just running around town and sticking the book in their faces is writing a news blog about the town of Riverside where The Bombmaker's Wife takes place. The articles are written by Davis McKiernan, the best reporter for The Riverside Tribune. So it's guaranteed that the stories will be true and full of facts that concerned citizens have the right to know: not that they care.
Whether or not I win the contest, there is a chance that Amazon will like the book enough to publish it on one of their imprints. And that is something I would really like to have happen. I don't mind doing all this work on my own, and I will gladly keep doing it this way for as long as I have to, (gratefully my essay collection is still being released by Little Presque Books at some point this year or early next) but having a little help with promotion would be nice. If not, then I'll just have to adapt and keep getting better at it myself until I'm hired to write Pepsi ads. I dream of doing adds for Pork Cracklin's, but that is most likely just a pipe dream.
So the best way that you can help me is by telling people about the blog and by telling people about the book. I am doing everything I can to make finding those things easy as can be. And I will always link back to them on these posts.
See, here are links to all the info that matters.
Finally, if this stuff is too serious for you, then you might be interested in my comic that I am running on patreon. Dr. Househusband. I had to take a couple weeks off in order to get this book all lined up, but it's coming back with a vengeance: like a two-year-old who hasn't napped all week long.
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Thanks so much.