The Saturday Showcase
Craved, by Lola Smirnova, is the highly anticipated sequel to Twisted. It was published in August 2015 and is available for sale on Amazon. Genres: New Adult / Suspense
Having been to hell and back, the eager sisters from Ukraine - Natalia, Lena and Julia - decide to retire from selling sex and walk the straight and narrow path back home. But when an old friend calls them with an opportunity to make buckets of ‘easy’ money in South Africa, they find it impossible to refuse.
Return to the nightlife of the entertainment business brings along all the old familiar temptations - alcohol, drugs, and prostitution.
Can the girls resist their vices and stay together? Or will this industry destroy their sanity and their family?
Inspired by real life events, Craved is a fascinating story of addiction, survival and the art of making a living in the sex trade.
About the Author:
Lola Smirnova is an author from Ukraine. Her novels are inspired by real-life events. They are meant for the open-minded readers who are not afraid of a little blood, sweat and semen.
Lola’s debut novel Twisted was released in 2014. The book placed as Honorable Mention in the General Fiction Category of The 2014 London Book Festival’s Annual Competition.
Lola released Craved, the highly anticipated sequel to Twisted, in August 2015.
Lola has fascinating stories to share about the experiences of women in the global sex industry. Her thrilling tales will surely shock and surprise you, with both the storyline and literary value.
Lola lives in South Africa, and is currently working on the third book in her trilogy. To learn more, go to http://lolasmirnova.com/
Marketing your Books
There’s no doubt that for a writer, writing can be the easy bit, but what do you do when it comes to marketing? Coming up with a marketing plan is a really good idea and to do this you need to have a good think about your audience; where they hang out, what keywords they search for, which books have they already bought, etc.
Here are some practical tips which you may want to include in your marketing plan.
1. Have a book with you at all times. You never know who you’ll bump into and it’s a great idea to have a book to hand so you can show them. If you are going to networking events or launches this is a particularly good idea.
2. Press releases. Write and send press releases to local radio and television stations. Also submit these to online press release aggregators to increase your online exposure. The credibility which comes with being mentioned by mainstream media is invaluable.
3. Blog and guest blog. In this day and age if you don’t have a blog and you don’t guest blog on similar niche sites you really are well behind the eight ball. Smart marketers are doing this and you need to too.
4. Reviews. Ask friends to review your work online. This builds your credibility, but it also improves your visibility on sites like Amazon. You can also pay professional reviewer to look at your work, ask for peer reviews from other authors, or send your work to well-known critics for their opinion.
5. Free talks. Look at your target market and offer to give free talks. These could be in libraries, community centres or local book clubs for adults, or if your books are for children they could be in schools and nurseries. Always take plenty of copies with you!
6. Flyers. Post flyers advertising your book in areas where your target market hang out. Think hard about where you see your target market in day to day life and market your book in those areas.
7. Freebies. Offer a free chapter online or with Amazon; this can entice a reader and get them so involved in the story that they just have to buy the rest of the book.
8. Personalised copies. Why not autograph some of your copies and label them as such. Autographed copies have a perceived higher value and as such can help to generate more sales for you.
9. Kindle. We’ve talked about Amazon a little already and it’s absolutely key that you get an electronic version of your work available on Kindle. The cost of production is minimal and Amazon is such a sales machine that it will constantly promote and upsell a popular piece of work.
10. Advertising. If you have the budget it’s a good idea to invest in paid advertising; just make sure that you have picked an advertising source which is relevant to your niche. Writers’ magazines are a good place to start, as are niche websites. Remember your demographic and you won’t go far wrong with this.
To see Lola's other novel; Twisted, and her author interview on her last visit to my blog,
Very many thanks to this talented author for joining us for a second time and to be honest I hope there is a book 3 in the not too distant future!
Happy Saturday readers and thanks for joining me again