At last! My book, Treading Water is out on Amazon as we speak. It’s on Amazon Australia for $23.39, and on Kindle for a mere $6.11. It’s also available in America and UK, but the UK paperback is 15 quid, so maybe download it. Here’s what it’s about:
Life seems good for Lucy – she’s so pretty and popular at her exclusive girls’ school. But under that smiling facade is a dark secret that draws her back to the bridge where a young man died. Paul has always been there when she needed him – so grown up and capable and kind. But as they grow ever closer, what he knows about the tragedy at the bridge threatens to destroy her faith in him forever.
Two young people struggling in families fractured by divorce and bereavement – can they ever be free of the past?
And here are some compelling reasons why you should buy it.
(A) You’re looking for a really good read that will absorb and engage you.
(B) You love me and/ or are related to me.
(D) You quite like me.
(E) You don’t mind me.
(F) You want to be able to tell your friends you know a famous author.
(G) You like blue books, they go with your decor.
(H) The beautiful cover will look good on your coffee table.
(I) I gave birth to you.
If you want it to go gangbusters for me, (publishers’ bidding war/ Hollywood movie/ Booker Prize…that sort of thing) then here are your instructions:
(A) Read it if you want to…that would be wonderful!!!!!! And then give it a review.(Amazon, Goodreads etc.)
(B) Recommend it to all your friends, acquaintances, workmates, bookshops, literary agents, publishers, compilers of best seller lists, famous people who like books…anyone will do. And don’t forget Christmas is coming…Great Aunt Gertie will love it.
(C) You don’t have to read it, just download it and give it a REVIEW on Amazon or Goodreads or anywhere really Four stars please.****
(D) If you can be arsed, give it a WRITTEN REVIEW! Here are a few key phrases – feel free to use them:
(a) Treading Water is a remarkable/insightful/compelling/engaging/authentic work of fiction.
(b) Treading Water takes us into the lives of the young and troubled. It’s a difficult journey, but ultimately a rewarding one.
(c) If you only buy one book this year, make it Treading Water by emerging novelist Angie Oakley (OK a bit over the top…but you get the drift).
OTHER WAYS TO GET THE BOOK:
(1) Here’s the link to the publishers, who will get it to you, and point you to other outlets.( I hope it works…any advice on how to do links would be gratefully received)
(2) I may be able to convince some bookshops to sell it Watch this space.
(3) Come along to The Big Launch! There will be wine, nibbles and you can buy a personally inscribed copy of the book for $20! (I know…bargain!)
Venue: Three White Rooms Gallery, 138 LaTrobe Terrace, Paddington, Brisbane 4064
Time: 6-8 pm
Date: Thursday 5th November
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org by 29th October
OK now you need to prepare for a relentless onslaught of publicity, obsequious flattery (what good taste in books you have… etc) reminders, date claimers, tasters, teasers etc etc. I am planning to master twitter, so I can tweet you to death, and to pop up on facebook interminably until you’re so sick of me you’ll buy the bloody thing just to shut me up! Don’t say you weren’t warned.