2020 Reviews

Katherine Schweit Goodreads


A haunting, yet simple tale of mortality, matched with the reality of a misguided devotion to short-lived victories. Shelia's book is a candidly refreshing look at how daily trials and misfortune can add up to a lifetime. The pain of others and misfortune surrounds here. Alcohol-fuelled violence and an obsession with the approval of men block her happiness. Her writing reminds us all to be true to ourselves and shun approval from others for approval's sake. Though filled with sadness, pain, and some death, the book's hidden hope is in the knowledge that the final book in her trilogy is yet to come; a chance for the family and happiness that seems to elude her in The New Zealand Dream, Growth and destruction.

2021 Reviews

Very Interesting read!


I loved how the author married the emotions of her memoir with scenic details of New Zealand. On top of feeling the author's trials and tribulations, the picture she painted with words made me feel as if I had visited NZ firsthand. Very emotional and captivating book. 

Louise Arseneault

This is a story of perseverance, survival, trauma, and overcoming the odds. I was fully engrossed and immersed in her memoir. Her writing takes you to picturesque New Zealand, yet also shows you the grittier parts of town. She doesn't sugarcoat anything and presents her history like it is. Some parts of the story are shocking and your heart will hurt for her while cheering her on, hoping she'll heal and overcome. Ultimately, it's an uplifting story, about hope and resilience. I'd recommend this book. 



If you're ok with it, ill post it! 



Thank you Pertrina


20 Ideas

1. Approach book bloggers and ask for reviews, give them a copy of your book

2. Collaborate with other authors in your genre and run a virtual book tour.

3. Run a contest, must like author page, and share, comment with their email to enter.

The prize can be 3 chapters of your book or a PDF, the first ten sales get a signed copy.

4. Post in groups, show your value, don't just drop your link and run.

5. Regularly contact your email list and keep building.

6. Make use of and fill in author pages/profiles on Facebook, Amazon, Goodreads, etc

7. Post live video book readings. Create a Youtube channel and post to this regularly.

8. Participate in chats and forums, respond to all comments and collaborate.

9. Attend events, market stalls, and network.

10. Submit your book for an award.

11. Press release

12. Advertise your second book in your first book and third in second and so on. Add a contact the author section at the end of book, with email, website, socials.

13. Make promo packs for bloggers: containing, links, excerpts, FB shares, reviews send on request.

14. Make a workshop based on book content.

15. Consider an affiliate program.

16. Offer a special extra if pre-order book prior to launch.

17. Team up with other businesses and offer prizes, coupons to be given away during the book launch. Donate a copy of your book to organizations themed on the book.

18. Promote other authors, e.g. on your blog. Review, interview, and build goodwill/ support network.

19. Use popular posts, quotes, chapter outlines, and make a slide show presentation or short video.

Post to Facebook, email list (add hyperlinks), and your website.

20. Create themed merchandise to sell.

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