Cracking the Mysteries of Social Media

It is exactly a week ago that A Justifiable Madness was officially published. I now realise how ill equipped I was for dealing with the social media requirements of an author. Debut novel. Lots of support from my Publishers Bloodhound Books. Heaps of tweets and posts, retweets and likes later and yet I remained mystified.

Undeterred, I set about learning. YouTube to the rescue. How on earth do I get a post from my website to Facebook and Twitter? Please don’t laugh. I’m a fifty something who has been self-taught on computers and only stepped into Facebook and Twitter because I had to.

I started my quest at 0900hrs and this post is being born at 1415hrs. It may not make it, but I’m hopeful. Verdict: Must do better.

What a ride.

I am now on day three of the book launch Blog Blitz. I never even knew what one was until I joined Bloodhound Books. I say  ‘joined’ but what I actually mean is – was invited to be a part of.

Since Thursday at the crack of dawn, I have spent hours in front of the computer wrestling with Facebook and Twitter, desperate not to offend anyone and making sure I have said ‘thank you’ to all the amazing reviewers and bloggers out there in social media book land.

The response has been astounding and although I’m smiling like an idiot I also feel humbled by the unexpected level of praise received.

When I wrote the story of A Justifiable Madness, I never imagined the amount of work that Bloodhound Books would put into marketing their authors and the novels we write. My biggest thanks go to them and to my fellow authors who encourage each other. Great team.

Review from Books from Dusk till Dawn

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

There is even criteria to meet before you are admitted into a psychiatric hospital and for some people they have to wait months and months before they can get help. So when Mark Randall gave an outstanding performance of Jesus, while completely naked and on the busy early morning train station platform, he was soon arrested. In fact he was a dead ringer for Robert Powell when he played the part, if anyone could mange to lift theirs eyes and look him in the face. Yep The criteria had been meet, a quick fast track ticket into the nearest local establishment to help the mentally disturbed. The thing is can the part of a sane man be played as easily in order to get out?

My first thought was there some sort of initiation going on, I mean it was September and the universities would be starting back up soon, or was it a dare or prank? Only time would tell. Mark was very sane and knew exactly what he was doing and now he played mute so perhaps I thought a bet to see which ‘idiot’, using the term loosely here, could survive the longest before been detected? Due to his now mute behaviour the staff gave him a name, he was known as Jesus Trainman.

I was in my element here it was like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. I didn’t know which were in need of locking up the most the patients or the staff! The inmates were much wiser than the doctors where Jesus Trainman was concerned just like the old saying goes, “It takes one to know one.” This story really gave me food for thought as it is very dark and disturbing, especially with the more vulnerable members of society that don’t have a voice.

This is the debut novel of Alison Morgan and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a psychological thriller mixed in with some real events and gives a refreshing read from an unusual place, as it is mainly acted out behind closed, locked and bolted doors. There is an insight into the running of the place and the voice of the staff and patients. What drowns them all though is Dr. Giles Sharman.

There is some wicked humour in this book, with descriptions of Mark’s friends while the over all story really played with my mind and gave me a lot to think about. Very different and extremely well told.

 

Review from Susan Hampson

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Please see the link above for a really lovely review I received today.

My nerves are still jangling , but my confidence has improved.

Publication Day

From  the review by Bookstormer – Alexina Golding 21  September 2017 

My Thoughts

A B Morgan has written one of the best opening scenes to a book I have ever read. It drew me in and kept my curious mind needing to read on.

Mark was such a conundrum to work out, but a genuinely likeable character.

An extremely interesting insight in to the possibilities of power being in the wrong hands.

Having worked a short stint in one of my previous careers in a Hospital I found the descriptive nature of writing transporting me back there.

I found Emma and Monica’s working relationship and friendship brought so much personality and credibility to the story.

With such a powerful storyline and being filled with dread for Mark, A.B.Morgan peppered it with humour making this a fantastic read, especially if like me you love “people watching” and trying to work out the human mind.

An extremely well crafted debut novel, with a storyline that I found original and powerful. With atinge of what if and sadness, I thoroughly enjoyed this read for various reasons and impressed with the style of A B Morgan’s debut novel

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One day to go

The official launch is tomorrow, 21st September 2017, The paperback was released on 10th September, but Amazon jumped the gun on the ebook version and for a week or so the kindle  book  was also available.

I’ve had three good Amazon reviews so far and can breathe a little. The response was really positive.

A local book launch has been arranged for 11th October in the village pub, The Cock, in Pavenham, with a fellow author John Lewes, and I hope that will be an enjoyable social event for friends and villagers alike.

Book available on Amazon

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A Justifiable Madness is now being advertised on Amazon, earlier than I thought!

Friends, family and neighbours are boosting sales with their supportive orders and now I wait with trepidation for the first review …

Launch at Waterstones

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A big thank you to the London Writers Eclective ( see link above) who have invited me to one of their monthly events to launch A Justifiable Madness. 

So, on 10th November I will be off to the bright lights of Waterstones in Tottenham Court Rd, London, to read from my book and to meet lots of other writers. How exciting!

I have to thank my brother Simon -who seems to know an awful lot of people- for introducing me to his friend Lindsay who helps to organise these events.

 

I haven’t lost the local touch and will be organising something for friends and neighbours in Pavenham and in Burnham on Crouch…as promised.

Cover reveal for A Justifiable Madness

Due for publication on 21st September

A Justifiable Madness  

what’s it all about?

Can you really tell the difference between madness and sanity?

Mark Randall goes to great lengths to get himself admitted to an acute psychiatric ward and despite being mute, he easily persuades professionals that he is psychotic, but who is he and why is he so keen to spend time in a psychiatric hospital?

When Mark is admitted onto Pargiter Ward, silent, wrapped in a blanked to cover his nudity, staff soon become suspicious about his motives.

Dealing with this as well as meeting the patients on the ward, Mark’s troubles really begin once he is Sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Decisions about his future then lie with Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Giles Sharman and Mark’s life is about to go from bad to worse.

Drugged, abused and in danger, Mark looks for a way out of this nightmare…

Bloodhound Books to publish my second novel in January 2018

Divine Poison is due for publication at the beginning of January 2018. In the meantime I’ll be working with Emma Mitchell Editor to make it shine!