I've been busy doing many things to promote the Language in the Blood series. One of these was doing a guest spot and interview on the following blog. You can read my interview on the blog and I copied my guest spot below.
I mentioned in my interview that I’m not very comfortable with
self-publicising. It was about two years after publishing my first book
that I decided to put a headshot on my author page. If I can give one
piece of advice to a new writer, it’s to be conscious of your and your
book’s image. Readers want to know who you are, what you look like and
preferably what your pets look like too.
So here is a picture of Clicquot the cat, and me, reluctantly
venturing into the limelight. He was also reluctant to dress up as a
vampire bat, but mummy’s career demanded it.
Before you shout ‘animal cruelty!’ I’ll tell you that the wings and
tie only stayed on a few seconds; just long enough for the photo.
It’s my little revenge for him getting us up at 4am most mornings.
The biggest mistake I made early on is trying to do everything
myself. (Except editing, I knew I needed help there!) This is no problem
if you’re good at everything book related. If you decide to go the
self-publishing route there are so many jobs you then need to do.
Graphic designer, web-page designer, blogger, editor, marketing and
advertising expert are just a couple of skills you’ll have to learn.
soon realised I was out of my depth. The best decision I’ve made,
probably, is joining an independent writers’ group. This group was very
open with sharing their experiences and when I saw some of the covers my
colleagues were using I knew I had to change mine. My group recommended
several avenues and after a few emails I went with Paradox Book Covers.
If you shop and ask around you’ll find that professional is not always
expensive. People really do judge a book by its cover, so make sure
yours stands out.
I’m next hoping to tackle my website, because you’re not just a
writer, you are a brand. If your reader loves your books they want to
know more about you, so make sure you present you, the writer, in the
Amazon author page: Author.to/authorpage
Angela Lockwood-van der Klauw was born in the Netherlands. She
learned her trade as a jeweller and gemmologist at the Vakschool
Schoonhoven before moving to Edinburgh as an apprentice jeweller. There
she met and later married her husband Adam. Angela ran her own
jeweller’s shop in Edinburgh for ten years before she and her husband
moved to the south of France in 2011. Like her vampire character
Cameron, Angela prefers the climate there, but often thinks about the
town she left behind and its people. Cameron’s story was born in the
spring of 2013, a very wet spring during which Angela found herself
climbing the walls, frustrated that she couldn’t go out and have her
usual long walks along the seafront. Seeing his wife’s frustration, Adam
suggested ‘Why don’t you write a book?’ Angela thought about it for a
few days, then switched on her laptop and started writing Language in the Blood. Blood Ties is the second book in the series and Angela has also published a collection of short stories Something Short with her friend, Elspeth Morrison.