Cute fluffy kitten caught reading Of Night and Light

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Yes, it’s a lie – as the observant amongst you will notice, that’s not even a copy of Of Night and Light, but cute fluffy kittens sell things, don’t they? Not themselves personally, as far as I know, but they are magnets for drawing attention to whatever it is being promoted, aren’t they?

I posted the same picture on the Of Night and Light Facebook page yesterday and was kindly (?) and unexpectedly informed by Mr. FB that this post was 95% more successful than all the others! (How busy Mr. FB must be, keeping an eye on all my posts and laboriously counting up the number of visitors, then taking the time to write a personal note, just for me).

The kitten will post her review on Good Breeds later, by the way.

It got me thinking about innovative ways to generate interest in books. Well, MY book. I’m doing all the usual ones…


How about…?

There’s only One Direction to go…

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To a bookshop to order Of Night and Light!

(Does anyone know a good lawyer?)




The very first Ice Bucket Challenge? 1887, Philadelphia

Don’t be wet! Buy a copy of Of Night and Light!

I HAVE bought myself a pair of flashing rabbit’s ears (rabbit’s ear which flash, to be absolutely accurate) – which could pass for hare’s ears. I AM contemplating wearing them on a trip up to London tomorrow and handing out postcards…

HEADLINE: Mad woman wearing flashing rabbit’s ears arrested on Victoria Station concourse.

I did only say CONTEMPLATING.

I know that, in Britain, the independent publishers Quercus, who took on Stieg Larsson’s  The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, were to be seen in the early days handing out free copies to strangers on park benches. 

I don’t think I can afford to do that…but it’s one of those loss leader decisions that may have to be made…

THE most important means of a book becoming known and therefore purchased – that’s if you aren’t J.K. Rowling, and even she had to start somewhere – is…

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So – I’m counting on you.

Yes, YOU!

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(Note gratuitous use of fluffy kitten)

“I’ve always wanted to be a demographic!”

Yes, my new demographic! The Ellis Goodwin Demographic. A select little group.

It all goes to show what a wide and varied audience Of Night and Light has.

Not that I’m saying that Ellis Goodwin is wide, but he can be quite varied on occasions. I’m sure he won’t mind me saying.


The thing is, Ellis Goodwin is:

a) male

b) not a teenager but a young(ish) adult when compared to older adults

c) a very talented writer

What’s so interesting about that?

Well – as an author, I’m fascinated to know who might be enjoying the book, bearing in mind it was written, nominally, for the 13+ market.

Well, there you go. Ellis Goodwin IS 13+ so perhaps he was a member of my target audience after all? Dear Ellis is a member of my creative writing class and said he only bought it to be supportive, but then…quite unexpectedly…


Of course, I don’t know exactly who IS reading my book.  I will never know who exactly is reading my book, unless they tell me. (As long as SOMEBODY is, she hopes fervently).

I DO know amongst my friends and acquaintances though.

Demographic #1 – I know that lots of adult women from the UK have read it and made very complimentary noises – like ‘Ooooooh!’ and ‘Aaaaaaaah!’ and ‘My-oh-my!’

Demographic #2 – I know that some men of a certain older age have read it, including Peter my husband, who actually confessed at one point that he was ‘hooked.’ You have no idea how much this has pleased me because Peter’s not an avid reader and is also very reluctant to read anything I’ve written in case he hates it and can’t conceal his distaste.


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Demographic #3 - I have recently heard from two teenage girls. Actual target audience types. One said it was, and I quote, including the multiple exclamation marks,  ‘Amaaaaaaaaazzzzzing!!!!’ – the other, I’m informed, was reading it late into the night and picked it up again the second she returned to the house after a trip out, ‘Which says it all,’ said her grandmother.

So…with the inclusion of the Ellis Goodwin demographic, that covers quite a bit of the population. Or rather, demographic groups.

The one group whose approval I would in no way expect or count upon is teenage boys.

But maybe someone, somewhere, will prove me wrong?

So come on all you readers. Help me with my statistics so I can make a pie chart.


Radio Gaga, Radio Goo Goo

No, not Queen, only me being a bit gaga on the radio. (But I might console you with Queen at the end so as not to leave you with unfulfilled expectations).

SO – I had a radio interview on Thursday morning  – all about Of Night and Light.

105 Uckfield FM.

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It’s my local radio station, serving a community of 25,000 although my guess is that not all of them were listening.  What were they thinking? It’s possible to listen on-line, as well. Next stop: the world.

Before my appearance, there was a feature about ways to prevent your drain from getting blocked up with cooking fat. Follow THAT, Caroline Coxon. Make a big effort to be more interesting…

It was quite a long interview, with the lovely Lyn Buckingham. She made it very easy. It was just like having a natter. Well, it WAS having a natter.

Here are the first few minutes:

Don’t want you to glaze over…



If you HAVE glazed over, here’s Radio Gaga to wake you up a bit.

“All we hear is Radio Gaga, Radio Goo Goo…”

Perhaps the Radio Goo Goo bit is about cooking fat in the drain?