|Image: Siege Perilous|
Mad at Marketing
A rather hectic day as it turned out. The 3 Ebook Deal began to take off in the evening, with word of mouth actually having a visible effect on visits to the promo page, sign-ups, and downloads of the special freebie. It was quite exciting to see the numbers increase as word spread of my very generous offer; slowly at first, then in the evening it really begin to take hold.
Have to say it’s hard work, though. The next step is to start distributing the stickers and leaflets, put together a press release, and start approaching places for advertising/guest blog spots. All very hard work keeping a track of and digging it all out.
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I spent my evening (in between marketing exercises) working on the poem edits for the new Leith poetry book. It’s coming on nicely; each draft sees t he poems improve further and further, but I do think there are maybe a couple of poems still left to write to complete it. Other than that, I’d say it’s about 70% edited.
Still no idea of the title, but I’ll be asking my wife who has photographed Leith from varying angles a lot over the past few years, to be involved in the front cover development.
Looks like I’ll be off to the theatre again later this month. I’m hoping to find a date to go and see Turning to the Camera, the latest play to be produced by my pals over at Leith-based theatre company, Siege Perilous.
Here’s the blurb from this week’s newsletter:
Turning to the Camera by Simon Jackson is a tighlty-written fact-based thriller originally based on the true account of defenestration of the ex-head of Egypt’s secret service in London. A paparazzo claims to have witnessed a terrifying murder. As he is being interrogated about his version of events, you glimpse into the state of his mind through filmic elements projected on giant screens. Did he witness an act of terrorism? Is he involved? Or is he just a fantasist?
Performance dates: 28 Nov – 3 Dec 8pm (approx 1 hour)
Matinees: 1 and 3 Dec 4pm
Tickets: £9 / £7 (matinees £5)
Venue: Unit LE2 (top floor) in Leith’s foremost shopping centre, Ocean Terminal (subject to licence)
Sounds fascinating, eh?
Check out the Siege Perilous website, with full information on all upcoming performances, and full online ticket buying facility here: www.siegeperilous.co.uk
While I’m in promotion mode, make sure you catch the Edinburgh makar, Ron Butlin, who will be in a cage outside the Scottish Parliament for a Writers in Prison event. It’s on next Tuesday at 2pm!
Find out more about the good work of Scottish PEN here: www.scottishpen.org
4 Days Left at Trees for Life
Please check out the Trees for Life charity exhibition at Out of the Blue (The Blue Drill Hall) 32 – 36 Dalmeny Street, Leith. It’s free entry (10am-5pm) and finishes on 13th November. You’ll be able to see my framed haiku poetry, which is available for purchase with the money going to the Trees for Life foundation. Or you can just buy it direct from the website at http://treesforlifeexhibition.blogspot.com.
Peace and out!
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