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May News at SilverWood Books

Published: 24 May 2022  - updated: 17 Aug 2022

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Promote Your Book with PR

When you’ve taken the time to write your book, the next step is to put together a marketing strategy to reach potential readers and tell them it’s available to buy.

Publicity and PR (public relations) are an important ingredient for three reasons as outlined below:

  • Press coverage reaches a much wider and more diverse audience than your own marketing.
  • News articles or book reviews in the media act as a third party endorsement for the quality of your book.
  • Good relationships with media contacts (journalists, radio presenters, magazine editors) can lead to further PR opportunities, such as being interviewed or featured.

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In Author News

Author Monica Kendall will be appearing at the Bradford Literature Festival next month to discuss her book, Lies and the Brontes. The Bradford Literature Festival runs from the 24th June - 3rd July 2022. For further details please click here.

Historical novelist David Ebsworth held talks earlier this month at Broughton Local History Society and Wrexham's U3A. He also had the privilege of being invited to give a talk on Britanny Ferries' Santander ship in Plymouth. To keep up to date with David's talks and events please sign up to his newsletter here.

Author JA Higgins will be starting a birthday blog tour for her book Finding Ruby on the 13th June. Click here to follow them on Twitter.

Bristol's annual Crimefest took place in May, at the Mercure Bristol Royal. Speakers included Simon Brett, Robert Goddard and Ann Cleeves. SilverWood's Publishing Director Helen Hart was delighted to drop in and catch up with prolific novelists Helen Hollick and Alison Morton. We also enjoyed a visit from one of our talented editors, Lesley Hart, who specialises in Middle Grade and YA fiction. Lesley attended all three days of Crimefest and found time in the schedule to drop in to the SilverWood office to say hello to the team. To find out about next year's festival, keep an eye on the Crimefest website.

Hot Off the Press

2nd May - Fiona Graph - Beloved Ghost - Theo Lawder and Zac Bonneval meet in the army at the outbreak of World War II. They survive the horror of Dunkirk and become lovers. Theo goes to work at Bletchley Park, where he becomes friendly with Alan Turing. After the war he joins the Foreign Office, while Zac works for MI6. They make a good life together. But this is a time when homosexuals are criminalised, and the pressure of being outcasts in society takes a terrible toll. Zac becomes deeply depressed and goes away. Can their love survive society’s hatred?

4th May - Kit Butler - Master and the Light of the Ladybird - Magster the Cockapoo and her human daddy, Paul, go for a walk in the woods. A mysterious stranger recruits her as a special agent for the Mystic Council of Mages. Her first mission is to protect the "Light of the Ladybird" and so their adventures begin. After a nail-biting duel, Magster’s reputation as a force to be reckoned with is sealed; her work for the Mystic Council of Mages has only just begun.

7th May - Fiona Partridge - The Colour of Marriage: Annie's Story - Life has a funny way of showing us what is important. But what if you run out of time? Annie Lawson is no saint. She’s also no sinner. She’s a mother, a daughter and, most importantly, she’s a wife. Annie doesn’t want to give up any of these things - but fate has played its hand. You’ve read Rob Lawson’s story. Now, it’s Annie’s turn. So sit back, relax, and find out exactly how to hold on to the 'Colour of Marriage'.

10th May - Jacqueline James - Let's Escape - Hilary, released from a life of bowing to her mother's wishes, has come out of her shell. Emboldened, she renovates the bungalow that she and her mother had shared. In trying to escape the resulting chaos, she ventures on a trip that would have been unthinkable while her mother was alive. Surprising herself and delighting her friends, she finds love and the promise of happiness.

25th May - Jim Chambers - Urban Scarecrows - The Labour Party election victory of 2019 ushers into power a radical socialist government which swiftly mutates to a British form of totalitarian Marxism in its quest for social justice and equality. Dominic Green, a Labour Party activist and celebrity chef, is caught up in the economic and social crisis as the country lurches towards civil war.

26th May - Theia Joy, The Key - Do you want to gain a higher understanding and awareness of life itself? Are you ready to raise your consciousness to greater heights than ever before? If so, THE KEY can help unlock this for you.

27th May - Lis McDermott, He Is Not Worthy - Rhi Dobbs is head of the art department in a secondary school and Ben Brooks is a loner who cares for his mum. Tragic events and an inappropriate love affair mean that both of their lives will be changed forever.

Coming Soon...

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