On this page, I have recommended some of the most useful books for writing, publishing and book marketing. Below those are details of my own books – Thrillers on the edge and Career Change.
The first job of an author is, of course, to write great books, but these days, their second job is to market them.
Marketing isn’t a skill that most authors have naturally, and there is little formal training. But when your book hits the shelves, and the sales don’t start rolling in, there’s only two things an author can do. Keep writing more books and … Get to grips with marketing.
Coming soon on other bookstores and also in print.
This book is for authors who want to sell more books, but it’s also for those writers who want to think more like an entrepreneur. It’s for traditionally published authors who want to take control of their future, and for self-published authors who want to jump-start a career.
There are some short-term tactics for those who want to kick up immediate sales, but the focus of the book is more about instilling values and marketing principles that will help your long-term career as a writer.
It’s also about going beyond just the book, because the methods in this guide can take you from being an author into professional speaking, making money from other products and creating opportunities that you can’t even imagine yet.
There are no rules in this game, but learning this kind of authentic marketing has certainly changed my life, so read on and I’ll share everything I know with you.
Books For Self-Publishing and Book Marketing
I recommend the following:
Want to join a community of active self-publishers who help each other out with information and advice? Check out the Alliance of Independent Authors. (I’m an active member and advisor).
Thrillers On The Edge
The fast-paced ARKANE thrillers weave together historical artifacts, secret societies, global locations, violence, a kick-ass protagonist and a hint of the supernatural.
One Day In Budapest is a chilling view of a possible future as Eastern Europe embraces right-wing nationalism.
Death isn’t always the end.
LONDON. When the body of a young heiress is found within the Royal College of Surgeons, Detective Sergeant Jamie Brooke is assigned to the case. An antique ivory figurine found beside the body is the only lead and she enlists Blake Daniel, a reluctant clairvoyant, to help her discover the message it holds.
When personal tragedy strikes, Jamie finds her own life entwining with the morbid fascinations of the anatomists, and she must race against time to stop them claiming another victim.
As Jamie and Blake delve into a macabre world of grave robbery, body modification, and the genetic engineering of monsters, they must fight to keep their sanity, and their lives.
“One of the most original mystery/thrillers that I’ve read in a long while. Its topic of life and death, soul and body is harrowing and poignant, shocking and profound.” David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Murder as a Fine Art and author of over 40 novels
“A riveting exploration of the dark side of the human heart” New York Times Bestselling Author CJ Lyons
“In a book which takes the reader on a journey to hell and back, J.F. Penn demonstrates her huge talent for conveying the depths of human depravity.” Amazon UK #1 Bestseller, Rachel Abbott
Buy Desecration here:
Coming soon in print
On the edges of horror, thriller and the occult. Three short stories inspired by Dante’s Inferno, linked by a book of human skin passed down through generations.
(From November 2013, available on all ebook stores)
My fiction site is at www.JFPenn.com
Career Change: Stop hating your job, discover what you really want to do with your life, and start doing it!
I used to be an IT consultant, working in large corporates and boutique consultancies in Europe and Asia Pacific. I earned a 6 figure salary and was well-respected in my field, but I hated my job and I was miserable. I ate too much as a reward to myself, putting on weight over the 13 years and at points, I had a drinking problem.
In 2007, I knew I had to change something so I set out to understand how I could find a job that made me happy. Out of that research, I wrote the first iteration of this book, and then I followed my own advice … In Sept 2011, I left IT consulting for good and became a full-time author-entrepreneur.
I rewrote this book in 2012 in order to add chapters on being an entrepreneur and insights from actually taking the journey myself and successfully making it out of the rat-race to living a life and doing work I love!
Click here to buy the book on Amazon.com (also available for borrowing with Amazon Prime)