But first -
Before you go, do read on and find out how the new, re-edited A Blonde Bengali Wife became an Amazon Kindle eBook Bestseller (just rolls off the tongue) in ALL the categories in which it's marketed (UK and dotcom) and even hit #1 in the UK's World Literature/Asia. It's hovering just below there as I write...
In case anyone on the planet missed it, A Blonde Bengali Wife was re-released as an eBook on Tuesday 3rd November. It really did feel like a real launch and it was exciting to watch the Twitter and Facebook posts and responses as readers very kindly pre-ordered and then bought the book. In fact the entire process of marketing and self-promotion, something I was dreading, has been interesting and - dare I say it? - enjoyable. I had an image of both Twitter and FB being akin to a heaving, thrusting stock exchange, full of arrogant experts yelling, 'hey, look at me, you insignificant little newbie'. Actually, it's been like having a host of personal shoppers in a huge department store, saying, 'welcome - let's see how we can help you make the best of yourself'.
I want to thank everyone who has supported this whole effort (and I do realise the re-launch is just the beginning) in whatever capacity from Liking and Sharing posts to parting with hard cash and writing reviews - and letting me revert to my original role as complete 'Bangla-bore'. The members of Book Connectors, a group on Facebook could not have been more helpful, and the various PhD groups I'm part of have shown extreme patience - given this has nothing to do with my PhD.
The guest blog posts I've had have been wonderful (more to come, too!) and worth checking out far beyond my feature:
A Writer's Blog - kendraolson.wordpress.com (Kendra)
Englanti Editing - englantiediting.com (Adrian)
Finding Destiny - katrinamarie25.wordpress.com (Katie)
Linda's Book Bag - lindasbookbag.com (Linda)
Sincerely Book Angels - sincerelybookangels.blogspot.com (Annette)
There are also the lovely reviews on Goodreads and Amazon UK - thank you, all. (If I try to name you all it will turn into the Oscars and I will inadvertently miss (or misspell) someone...
And then, the three people who can't be thanked often enough - each time more sincerely than the last - whom are real friends:
Claire Morley - www.myepublishbook.com
Alison Drew - www.alithedragonslayer.co.uk
Marie Campbell - @mariecampbell72
Three in a million! (And it's worth adding, that neither Claire nor Marie, who get paid to do eBook self-publishing and proofreading respectively, took any payment for their expert help).
I'm proud of A Blonde Bengali Wife (with whatever flaws she still has) but most of all, I'm proud of the book being linked to Bhola's Children. Thanks, again, to everybody, on mine and on their, behalf.
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