Character Inspiration: Dreams

Character Inspiration Dreams - Lauren Mayhew AuthorDreams are full of people, some that pop up more frequently than others, and some who you’re sure you’ve never even met before. But all of the dreams are created by you, and each of the people in them is a character in that scenario.

Throughout my trilogy, characters and certain events have all come to fruition because of my crazy dreams. My dreams are so weird, I’m surprised my mum hasn’t sent me to be sectioned yet. On the plus side, I can get some wicked storylines and characters from them. Continue reading “Character Inspiration: Dreams”

L – Liliana Frye

Liliana Frye - Lauren Mayhew A-Z Blog Challenge 2016A-Z Blog Challenge 2016 – Liliana Frye

OK, I’ll put my hands up, Liliana is my own creation and I couldn’t exactly go through this whole challenge without mentioning at least one of my characters could I? (Just pretend she’s not my creation for a few minutes!) Liliana is the protagonist in ‘Reality is in a Dream‘ and the soon to be released Mourning Memories.

Liliana is 16 – sort of – and living in a very boring world. Her parents are stupidly over-protective and she doesn’t have many friends. Her school life is based very much on my experience at school. Her two friends, Melanie and Carey are over-exaggerations of two people I used to call ‘friends’. The only friend that she can truly rely on is the new kid Justin. Continue reading “L – Liliana Frye”

Reality is in a Dream – Discount!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00024]Not only have I re-designed the cover of my book ‘Reality is in a Dream’, I’m also putting the price down to 99p/ 99c! It will be 99p from today (28th) until the end of the 29th November.

It will then be priced at £1.99/ $1.99 for Cyber Monday 30th November, until 3rd November!

After this, it will go back to full price of 2.99, so make sure you get your copy before this offer ends!!

I wish I could do this worldwide, but Amazon only allow this sort of deal to be done on the UK and US sites.

If you would like to buy my book at the discounted price, I would greatly appreciate it! I’d also love it if you would leave a review once you’ve read it!

Here are the links!!!

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00PYYADWM

US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PYYADWM

I GOT A CAR!

So, for any of you that have read my first ever blog post ‘My Year So Far‘, you’d know that one of my main aims for this year was to get a car. I’ve finally achieved that and here she is!!!

Mini!

I’ve named her Wonder. Not only is she wonderful to drive (I’m sorry), she’s a Mini ONE, so it just sort of made sense.

I’m still getting used to driving again after nearly two years of not being behind the wheel, but I’m improving. I’m not stalling as much, though people still feel the need to beep at me. Beeping isn’t going to make me move any quicker, it’s just gonna make me panic and stall more.

I did get Wonder in June, but I thought I’d have a little while of driving before I let you all know. What do you think? Do you like her?

How Do You Advertise?

I’ve really been struggling to make sales for my book. I know it’s my first book and no-one knows who the hell I am, but I still would have expected a few more than… well… zero!

Here’s the link to my book: Amazon UKAmazon US Have I done something wrong with the listing?

The price of my book was relatively high, so I have changed that to the lowest that Amazon will allow an eBook to go and yet, even with Twitter and Facebook, I still can’t get people to click the link to my book.

I’ve tried Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads paid advertising and yet nothing seems to work.

I decided to opt in for Kindle Select which means that I can put my book up for free for 5 days in a 90 day period. This worked in the sense that I ‘sold’ 30+ copies of my book (which is a tiny amount when you think about it!) but I think most of those people were from a Facebook that I joined recently for YA authors. I’m not complaining, I’m flattered that they wanted to purchase my book, I just would have liked to see my efforts on Twitter make a difference.

I don’t have many followers on Twitter and even less on my Facebook page (click the links if you want to have a look). Most of my twitter followers are fellow authors who all seem to have had ‘Amazon Bestselling Books’.

On a different subject, is it only me that gets annoyed with automatic direct messages from people trying to sell their book/music to you. I’ll look for myself thanks… Forcing links on me is going to make me click them even less!

Back on subject… I’ve looked up websites that will list your book if it has a special promotion. The only problem with them is that your book needs a minimum of 5 reviews, which I don’t have. How can I get reviews if they won’t let me advertise with them? Catch 22 once again…

Do any of you have any tips on how to advertise my book? I’d love to know!

My Book is Free for a Limited Time Only!

I joined Kindle Select just to see how things went for my book. I have now listed my book for FREE for today and tomorrow! If anyone is interested in reading my book you can download it using the links below! 

If you do read it, please leave a review so that I know what you think! Thanks!

UK AMAZON HERE

US AMAZON HERE

Reality is in a Dream

Follow Your Self-Publishing Dreams

All my life I have wanted to have a book published but it’s not as easy as people seem to think! Not only do you have to find yourself an agent who is willing to back your book, they then have to find a publisher who wants to sell it!

All of this can take years and I didn’t (still don’t) have the time to do the research and find someone to help me out. I didn’t want my book to just be saved in the computer collecting dust, so to speak, so I decided to self-publish.

This way, I have accomplished my dream of being a published author without having to go through all the stress and rejection that I’m not capable of dealing with at the moment. I did this with Feed A Read.

Not many people have heard of them, but they really are worth looking at. The royalties that you get from each book far exceeds anything that CreateSpace can offer you! Here’s the link to find out more about them: http://www.feedaread.com/authors/?AFF=6210

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Don’t be so hard on us!

I’ve seen a fair few people talking about mistakes in Indie books and how it has a negative impact on readers and the Indie author name. This really annoys me, especially when it comes from Indie authors themselves.

Not long after I published my first book, I realised that there were a few mistakes in it. Some were missing words, words spelled wrong and the occasional comma missing. To correct the mistakes I would have to pay £29 to revise my book and at the time, I didn’t really have the money to spare, so I left it as it was. Continue reading “Don’t be so hard on us!”

Reality is in a Dream – All in one Place

You may have noticed with my last posts that I have gradually put my book, ‘Reality is in a Dream’, on more selling platforms. All of the links can be found on my website here, but not many people would know to look there, so I am going to put the links in this post too!

All you have to do is click the purple, italic writing and you will be taken to each website. If you don’t know what my book is about, you can read Chapter 1 here. Also, I’m a Goodreads author, so if you want to add me as a friend on there I’m more than happy to accept all requests!

OK, here we go: Paperback UK  –  UK Kindle  –  Paperback US  –  US Kindle

Reality is in a Dream by Lauren Mayhew

 

Future Project

I bought a Dream Journal a little while ago, because I have some really bizarre dreams. Part of the story line for my book (click here to read Chapter 1) came from a dream and quite a few elements for book 2 are from dreams and nightmares.

Dream Journal

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