You’ve written the book. Uploaded it to Amazon. Now what?
Once upon a time authors wrote books. Full stop.
Now, thanks to e-publishing that’s just the beginning. Once your work is out there, it is down to you to make sure readers can find it in the tsunami of words flooding cyberspace. One way is a virtual book tour like this one.
I also love meeting new people so jumped at the chance to do a reading at my local library. Heavens, they even offered to do the advertising!
‘Look,’ I said pointing to the life-size poster of me I approached the desk with my 88-year-old Mother.
Mum merely sniffed, elbowed me out of the way and raced off to make merry with the free tea and biscuits. Thankfully, lovely librarian, Rachel, who had marketed the event to the hilt, ushered me into the children’s library to prepare for my talk.
Everyone took their seats and away I went, beginning with a funny romp through Adland courtesy of I am Ella. Buy me. The audience seemed happy enough, tittering in all the right places. Lest anyone should be enjoying themselves too much, I changed the mood, segueing as seamlessly as possible between laugh-a-minute-chick-lit and too-terrified-to-talk thriller.
A young woman arrived. I got all excited thinking she’d come to listen to me but turned out she’d just popped by to use the computer and hook up with her friends on Facebook.
Just as I got to the really scary bit in The Killing of Mummy’s Boy, a two-foot tall Batman darted in front of me. Before I could say ‘Holy Utility Belt!’ the mini caped-crusader was whisked back to the Bat Cave by his Dad.
Amidst the mayhem, a man jumped up and thrust his synopsis in my hand. It was about a bin-man with super-powers. There was definitely a theme emerging.
I ploughed on. Everyone seemed to be enjoying it with the exception of a bloke in the back row who had nodded off much to the consternation of the rest of the audience. In an attempt to wake him, I delivered the dialogue in a very shouty way. No joy. Never mind ABC, he was all about the ZZZ.
There’s a lot to be said for a virtual book tour. After all, in cyberspace, no-one can hear you snore.
About The Book
Title: I am Ella. Buy me.
Author: Joan Ellis
Genre: Humor / Chick lit / Romance
I AM ELLA. BUY ME
‘I am a ginger tom. I am a boy racer. I am a housewife. I am a pain in the arse.’
Ella David is Bridget Jones meets Peggy from Mad Men.
Working in Soho’s mad, bad Adland in the sexist 80s, Ella is a rare beast – a woman in a man’s world, dodging her sleazy boss, Peter.
Based on Joan’s experiences in Soho’s mad, bad Adland, this fast-paced, funny tale is set against a backdrop of Thatcher’s Britain when money trumps morals
and lust is a must. Thankfully, Ella knows love is more powerful but can two unlikely friendships help her go from a girl in the firing line to a woman calling the shots?
Author Bio Joan Ellis
Award-winning advertising copywriter, comedy writer, performer, lecturer – Joan Ellis has been them all. With a full-time job in a top London advertising agency and a new baby, she did what any right-minded woman would’ve done and set up a comedy club. She even appeared on the same bill as Jo Brand. Once.
A career highlight was casting a black and white moggie as Humphrey Bogart for her award-winning cat food commercial. Other great performers who brought her words to life include Penelope Keith and Harry Enfield.
As a lecturer, Joan taught comedian Noel Fielding all he knows about advertising before encouraging him to showcase his talents on a wider stage.
Working for The Press Association, she tutored Wordsworth’s great-grandson in the art of copywriting: Buy a host of golden daffodils and get a blue one, free!
She was a lecturer in PR and Advertising at Bournemouth University.
She penned a regular column about her daughter for parenting glossy, Junior. Sophie is now eighteen and refuses to read a word her mother writes.
Suffering from swine flu and sweating like a pig, she moved from London to her beloved Isle of Wight where she writes and eats cream teas with her long-suffering husband, daughter and cat.
She recently launched her books at The Ventnor Fringe and the Isle of Wight Literary Festival.