Just a short post to let you know I am trying to upgrade my marketing of “In the Rafters.” It seems mysteries, which are self-published, have a harder time reaching readers than Pride and Prejudice Variations, which have a built-in readership. (As you know I have two P&P variations out there, just waiting for more readers–”Mr. Darcy and the Lady with the Fine Eyes” and” Mr. Darcy’s Foreboding.”)
The problem is a good one though. Mysteries are the most popular form of fiction (next to romance) and my mystery is also a romance. Hence if I can just bring it to the ATTENTION of all those readers, I am good-to-go. What is problem then you may ask? Well, it seems that mysteries are also published in great numbers every month. So it is hard to get one’s own mystery the ATTENTION it needs. Please read “In the Rafters” and write a sparkling review.
That is step number one, I think, and a good one…asking my blog readers to READ and REVIEW my novel, In the Rafters.” Help!
Help, all you mystery readers out there. Selling my P & P Variations was not too difficult. However, I have now put the first (“In the Rafters”) of my six mysteries up on Amazon and am getting almost zero sales. It seems that so many mysteries get published every month that it is hard to get an audience. So please read about Millicent and Lute Girard and their lovely life of amateur detection in the world of bucolic central Kentucky horse farms. Then write me a glowing review. I thank you in advance.
“In the Rafters” introduces my heroine (Millicent) and her discovery of a handsome hero (Lute) and their subsequent love at first sight romance. The first half of the mystery centers on the solution of the theft of seventeen thoroughbreds, obviously a major catastrophe in the Bluegrass of Kentucky. This eventually leads to an even more serious crime–the murder of an English professor of Eastern Kentucky University. The victim, Dr. J J Carstairs, is not only a neighbor of Millicent’s, but also a fellow professor, whose office is across the hall. Millicent, whose specialty at the university is Mystery Fiction, cannot rest until she solves this conundrum as well. Before it’s over Millicent actually finds herself hung “in the rafters” of a tobacco barn. I promise you will enjoy the mystery and the romance. Give the novel a review on Amazon, so I can get the other five out there for my readers.