Heartbound is a young-adult paranormal story about friendship and forgiveness. In June 2015, it reached a peak position of #2 in its Amazon Kindle category. Even though I self-published Heartbound a couple of months after establishing D. Burton Editing, I strongly believe that the success that the former has had has contributed to my business.
Being a self-published author, I had to do all the marketing and promotion for Heartbound myself. This can be one of the reasons why prospective authors decide to steer clear of self-publishing but it was a task that I relished doing, and did so by using most of the services that I offer with D. Burton Editing.
Social media, namely Facebook and Twitter, was the main promotional platform for Heartbound. I posted pictures of the proof copies along with links to news stories that were written from my own press releases, like the one below, which was featured in the Loughborough Echo in Leicestershire. Perhaps most importantly, I set up my own personal blog which I still manage.
My blog, The Writing Dragon, which you can access via the My Own Novel Work button at the bottom of the Home page, explains more about my writing inspirations as well as what is happening around me. One of the stand-out articles I have written discusses self-publishing and how it has now become a popular route for new authors looking to get their work out there for people to read. My blog also helped me hone my writing skills which, accompanied by my social media and press releases, gave Heartbound some valuable exposure.
To this day, I still recall the joy and sense of achievement that I experienced when I saw Heartbound succeed and news articles written about it, and I am keen to allow other authors and businesses to experience these same emotions. Seeing a news article written on your business or gaining a following on social media are both hugely rewarding.
The last eighteen months have, of course, presented numerous challenges but by reminding myself of how well Heartbound did, I have overcome them and I am now looking to take D. Burton Editing to the next stage.
If you have a story that you want the world to know, take a look at my Services & Rates page to see how I can help you tell it.