Tuesday, December 29, 2015

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Hi Gang (all my faithful followers). I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas or Hanukkah, which ever is your belief. My wife and I had a wonderful time too. It was great having my son and his 5 (almost 6) kids, and my wife's brother, with us. We also enjoyed Skyping my other son and one of my daughters. The other daughter we contacted by text messaging (she doesn't have Skype).

So what have you all been up to.If you want, I'd love to read your stories.

Like I said in earlier postings, I'm doing this blog to help you all see what I have gone through to become a published author, and now all I'm going through to get my book to sell. The two ain't the same, believe me. I'm struggling to learn what to do just to get my book noticed. My publisher has done a great job of printing, editing, designing cover art, and promoting it to Amazon, Goodreads, and Barnes&Noble. I think there's another outlet they've used to sell my book, but I can't remember what it is. I've never heard of it, so I doubt they'll sell many copies.

Now, I'm trying to get reviews. The ones some of you have done for me are great and I truly appreciate them. I'm learning, however, that the more reviews you get on Amazon, Goodreads,  and Barnes&Noble, and the more "Likes" and "Shares" you get on Facebook the more likely you are to sell books. "Likes" let Amazon know how popular the book is on Facebook. "Shares" lets your "Friends" know it's for sale and any other bits of information like this blog post. By the way, if you want to read the great reviews Bridgetown High has garnered so far go to this Amazon site: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1680583093/ref=cm_sw_su_dp
In case you find several other books written by Paul West, they ain't mine. There's another Paul West who has written several books. So, I always add my middle initial "W" as in Paul W. West.

I'm also learning how to use blogs, like this one. One of the things I'm learning is to collect email addresses if any of you, my followers, would like to be notified of offers, events, etc. I still have a LOT left to learn. On the sidebar here, there's a place for you to add your email address if you would like to.
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About Paul West

Paul West is a freelance writer and novelist. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Paul claims to be a "Prune Picker," though he now makes his home in Taylorsville, Utah.

You can follower him on Twitter: @PaulWWest

Published: Tuesday, December 29, 2015

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My brother bought several copies of my book for our siblings. He also sent a picture of them. I thought it was a beautiful sight. He wants me to sign them and send them to him and our siblings.
If anyone of you want a signed copy, go ahead and send it to me, with enough postage to return it, and I'll do that for you.

With the Christmas season underway, I haven't had much opportunity to write or even do some marketing. But while I can't prove it, I have the feeling my book selling well anyway.
If you want a laugh, I still haven't got a copy of Bridgetown High! In fact, I never saw a copy until a sister in my church brought it to church to let me see it. My wife says she'll buy a copy after Christmas.

This past year has been exciting, especially ever since Limitless Publishing published my novel. Thanks to all of you too, for making this adventure possible.

In case I don't get a chance to write in here until after Christmas, I want to wish you all a very happy and merry Christmas and New Year.
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Hi, all my faithful followers.

Whew! Last week was so busy, both at work, at home, and on-line. My publisher, "Limitless Publishing," got "More Than Words Promotions" to host what they called a blog tour for my book "Bridgetown High." Unfortunately, I wasn't able to follow it, but I have been able since then. My novel received some good coverage, but I'm a bit concerned that few of the blog sites supposed to participate in the tour were interested in my genre. Most seemed interested in writing and publishing romance/erotica. Not particularly what I think of as what I like to be associated with. Still, I got some good comments on my Amazon and Goodreads sites. I hope you'll all go and see them for yourself. While you are there, if you've read Bridgetown High, I hope you'll write a review. You will be helping in the marketing effort.

In case you haven't read it yet, I promise you it will be well worth the read. All my reviewers so far have given the book high praise, most 5 out of 5 stars. Barnes & Noble has recently began carrying my book, but there are no reviews there yet, but they are a bit cheaper. I wonder if there is a way to copy the reviews from Amazon and paste them onto Barnes & Noble?

I also have gotten some great feedback from Alumni of John Swett High School in Crockett, California. In case you are unaware, that is where most of the story takes place.

The biggest concern now, is that I have no idea how well the book is selling, or not. I can't find the sales figures anywhere, Amazon or Limitless. I just hope it's doing well enough to make a few dollars, LOL.
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A great big "Hi" to all my faithful followers.

I hope your Thanksgiving was warm and wonderful. Feel free to tell us all about it in the comment section below.

As for me and my wife, we had a great week, visiting with my sweet daughter and her family in south-central California, not far from the Pacific Ocean. The coast was breath taking with blue ocean water, bright sunshine, and green and brown on the hills and Coast Range.

I didn't get a chance to write or do any marketing, but that's OK. It gave me some time to relax, reflect on my progress as a published author, and reflect on my many Heaven-sent blessings and my role as a Son of God.

I know, I haven't said much about my religious beliefs and I don't intend to here, but let it be said (written) I believe in Christ, the Son of God.

Just one house keeping note here. Beginning Thursday, December 2, 3, and 4, 2015, my publisher "Limitless Publishing" will be conducted what they call a "Blog Tour" in behalf of my novel, "Bridgetown High." I have little idea of how it works, and I will only be able to follow along on Thursday during my breaks at work. I think this site may be a place to follow them -- I don't really know. Or, perhaps clicking on the Limitless web page will get you there. I hope I figure it out as I'd love to see what kinds of comments bloggers give.

On a humerus note. Two weeks ago, when I went to church, a lady in our Ward brought a copy of my novel and let me see it. WOW! Get this! That was the first copy of my novel I'd seen. When I got to my daughter's house I saw her copy too, so that makes two copies I've seen now.

Until the next time I write in this blog, I wish you all a wonderful day and week. Please let me know what you would like me to blog about. I'm thinking of helping you to write and publish your own works. Are you interested in that?

That's two things you can comment on, or anything else you would like to say.
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