A Month of Stepping into the Light

Today is a month since my book of poems was published.

For those new to my blog the idea was for a collection of poems written by people with mental health illnesses with 50% of the proceeds being donated to Mind a charity based here in the UK.

I am disappointed to say the least that Mind have not helped me to promote the book, especially as more sales equals more money for them but my last contact with them was on 3rd September so I will assume they have forgotten about me and the book.

In terms of sales here is the breakdown for you – not including the free copies I gave to the people who contributed poems.

Smashwords – 8

Amazon – kindle version – 4

Amazon – Paperback – 22

So a grand total of 34 sales in 1 month which is not to bad really. Hopefully if Mind can get behind me it will increase the word of mouth and get people at the very least aware of the book. I guess I can cope with an average of 1 sale a day over a year that’s 365 books! (see I can look on the bright side)

The only blemish is that on smashwords 38 people were given copies of the book in return for a review to be written and thus far only 5 people have done that.  From what I can gather though it is pretty rare for a review to be done anyway so I wont hold it against people because I am nice like that!

The other good news is that my own book is outselling this one and the profits from that one are mine ALL MINE! (evil laugh)

 

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The Depressed Moose Presents

The Depressed Moose Presents

“Stepping Into the Light- Poems from The Darkness”

What do you think as the title for the poetry book?

Personally I really like it!

Below is the image that represents The Depressed Moose if anyone wants to make a cover using the image please email me at thedepressedmoose@hotmail.com remembering to include the title on the cover.

 

while I am in good spirits again I really want to move forward on this but, as always I need your support and for word spreading abilities!

People seem to be excited by this idea and I want to strike while the iron is hot and interest is being shown.

Poetry Book Update

The book of poems that I am hoping to publish is beginning to take shape thanks to people who have kindly submitted their work. See here for more details

I have started putting these into a word document and formatting ready to be uploaded once I get more poems.

So far I have 28 poems but I am looking for a lot more before I go live with it! I am thinking a minimum of 50 poems but would like 100!

I need help coming up with a title and also someone who is artistic to come up with a front cover for the book, obviously I can’t get that done until a title is chosen.

I suggested “Tales from the Asylum” but some people may find the word Asylum comes with too much stigma, which we are trying to fight, so what suggestions can you make? Someone suggested “Tales from The Edge”

We need something catchy that will make people want to download this book.

What about The Depressed Moose presents “Poems from The Edge”?

Ideas needed friends!

Thank you to everyone who has been spreading the word please continue to send people to this blog, particularly here the more submissions the better the book and the more money we can raise for Mind!

 

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UPDATE 16TH AUGUST

Book title is

The Depressed Moose Presents “Stepping into the light – Poems from the Darkness”

 

So far I have had 24 people submit poems – Thank you everyone who has sent me a poem!

The deadline for submissions is now 30th August as I intend to get this edited, formatted and published online on 1st September

Keep spreading the word and get involved!