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Is Your Book Not Selling? Get It Critiqued

My Revelations: Thank you Victorine et al

by Thea Atkinson

One Insular Tahiti
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Recently, I submitted One Insular Tahiti to Victorine’s Lieske’s blog: Why is this book not selling. I had what I thought was a good product: it originally won me my agent, and we’d gone over it in edits, and submitted it to publishers with some stunning comments. It had to be at least passable, right?

Alas, as you know, it ultimately got passed over by the traditional Big 6, but still, I believed it was a good enough product to offer as an ebook and set about getting it out there. That was a year and a half ago.

Despite some great reviews, the book still languishes. Perhaps the Big 6 do know a winner when they see it, and they were right about One Insular Tahiti being a modest seller.

Truth is, I wish it were a modest seller. I’d love for it to be a slow seller even.

If you read the comments on the book over at the blog, you’ll see a variety of issues. Yup. They are all true. I do have a hard time finding a genre. It’s literary to me, but alas, I hate calling it that for two reasons I’ve discussed in the past: One: Litfic is typeically defined as that which does not sell, and Two: I am loathe to put myself in the same category as say: Margaret Atwood or Alice Munro or Donna Morrissey (all wonderful Canadian litfic authors)

So categorizing the thing has been a beeyatch to say the least. And the blurb is a tough one too. If you read some of the reviews, you might see the same from the readers who loved OIT.

And then there’s the title. Sigh. It’s my original title, and it fits the book perfectly. Seriously. It really does. My agent wanted to change it to Raise the Buried Dead, and maybe I should have gone with it, but after 6000 freeloads I’m afraid of confusing my readers if I change the title. So I’m stuck with what I picked, even though I believe it’s the best…and yet…it’s not the best if no one likes it. grin.

Ah, but the cover. The cover I could change. It has been through 5 revisions, this cover, and this (which I hope is the last) is the 6th. I hope I finally got it right and that folks will like it enough to click.

I’m still working on a great blurb. I would love comments. The insides are as good as I can make it–now to get folks to actually get to the inside. There’s the rub.

No one seems to make it to the inside. So this one’s gonna have to be in the 100 mile marathon it seems. No sprinting to the finish for this gal.


Onto the fun stuff.

I’ve been doing well in the Haystack Giveaway! Thanks to everyone who has entered. There’s just 30 days left, and I have to say, I’m pleased to see a review and two purchases of Water Witch. Mind you, there are a few people who bought a Thea read and have not come forth to enter. Please. Please. If you buy me, review me, tweet me, enter. I want to give you 50 bucks.

Click Here: (Please note: you can also enter on Facebook on Thea’s Writing Page)

A quick peep at the ways to enter:

  • Blog or reblog about the contest. That means you can simply click reblog on the wordpress bar at the top of my post, or you can write your own post about the contest, or just leave a review of one of my books as a post. I’m OK with any of it. I’ve even found a way for you to post the contest rafflecopter widget right on your blog. (If you’re wordpress free, then alas, you can’t I don’t think) Just go to: the Rafflecopter site and copy/paste the appropriate widget code.
  • You can buy a Thea book from just about anywhere. I just need some kind of assurance though. (like a forwarded email receipt…just be sure to delete any of your sensitive information)
  • You can leave me a new review of any Thea book you’ve read! I especially like this entry type. So I’ve given you a chance to leave 2 reviews. Grin. (If you complete this option, consider adding it to your blog as another entry)
  • You can Tweet about the giveaway
  • You can share the giveaway on FB or Pinterest or Stumble


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Thea is the author of several novels that she considers left of mainstream. You can find her on BN, Kobo, Sony, Apple

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The squirrel army is 4 members strong and growing.

Last week, I mentioned I was looking for an army of squirrels. (folks who love reading and stockpile their books like nuts in their cozy little dens)

Forget Uncle Sam or Auntie Canuck: I want you.

I need readers, you see. Folks who actually enjoy reading character driven fiction. Do you love zombie books? Yes? I love zombie books too, but that’s not what I write. You might truly hate my novels so maybe I shouldn’t be trying to recruit you.

But, if you love the likes of Jodi Picoult, Alice Munro, Barbara Kingsolver, Jane Urquhart, Joyce Carol Oates, Donna Morrissey, you might, just might enjoy a Thea nut. And if you enjoy a good Thea nut, then I’d love for you to stand with me to take the pledge.


I do solemnly swear *squeak*
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I swear to spread the news of the Thea nut when I can
To sample a new indie writer
even when the price is 2.99
and even when the price is free
because heaven knows not all free ebooks are trash sometimes the writer is just trying to build an audience
*squeak squeak squeak*
I swear to pull those new nuts into my stockpile of favored reads and treat them the same as the others.
With reverence, with joy, and with pleasure.

So what does this mean? Well, simple really. I’m @theaatkinson on Twitter. I’d love a follow. I’d love a quick message with the hashtag #squirrelarmy so that if I need someone to RT something special I can send a quick request, which you can ignore or not. I don’t plan to inundate you with requests, but it’d be nice to know I can count on a few folks to help spread the word. If I have a new blog post, I might stick the hash in and you can choose what to RT or not to RT. Just be your regular timid self darting in and out of your den when it pleases you.

Am I taking the analogy too far?


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