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Saturday, June 13, 2015

This and That by Margot Justes


I haven’t posted any blogs for the last three weeks, went back to Illinois, had a book signing in Galena, visits with friends, and Printers Row in Chicago.

The best moment at Printers was when a woman who bought A Hotel in Paris on Saturday, came back for A Hotel in Bath on Sunday, and took information on A Hotel in  Venice, scheduled for release later this month.

Working on the release details for A Hotel in Venice, I wonder if offering the first book in a series free on Kindle is worthwhile. I know it’s important to build name recognition, and increased long term readership, but do people that download the books for free actually even read them?

I’ve heard pros and cons about the free promotion and tried it twice-not sure it was worth  it.  I do like the idea of posting quotes from the book on Twitter and Facebook.

My little niche market is growing, and I’ve been told by readers that they love my art world, and while reading my books they have learned a little about art. That pleased me more than anything.  I always tell anyone who will listen, art is everywhere we turn, and that it is highly therapeutic.

Price is important too, a reader is more likely  to give a midlist author a chance if the book is priced reasonably, a dollar, two, three or four-the price of coffee depending on what you buy. I’d never say substitute coffee for a book, after all my heroine is addicted to the brew as is her creator-but...

Back home and my normal schedule, I stepped out of my comfort zone, and finished a first draft of a thriller  sans romance. I was asked to do it, and before I knew it I was writing the story.

Cheers,
Margot  Justes
A Hotel in Paris
A Hotel in Bath
Hearts & Daggers
Blood Art
www.mjustes.com

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