But I don’t have a Kindle…

I’m hearing this a lot. Lots of people don’t have Kindles, I get it. I like the smell and feel of real books too but in the cut-throat world of modern publishing eBooks are often the best route for authors like me.

Now Amazon want to sell Kindles so they don’t make it that obvious that you can read Kindle books without a Kindle but you can!

You can read Kindle books on:

a computer

a smartphone

a tablet

You just need the free Kindle app. SO go to Amazon and search ‘Tiger Tiger Nicola Sheehan’ and the right hand side of the screen will appear as below.

Then you can install the software for free on whichever platform you choose, sign in with your Amazon password and even get a sample of the book before you choose to downoad it. Simple really!

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

How sampling works

Read books on your computer or other mobile devices with ourFREE Kindle Reading Apps.
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Genre Schmenre

The other day I asked a good friend of mine if she planned to download Tiger Tiger.

“I don’t really think it’s my sort of thing” she responded.

This is fine on it’s own, different people like different things but on this occasion it confused me. It’s not like this friend only reads fantasy books or crime fiction, I thought that we had quite similar tastes and (not just because I wrote it) Tiger Tiger is the kind of thing that I’d read. I looked puzzled:

“Oh?”

“Well I read Fifty Shades and I hated it. I tried all three books but it’s really not for me.”

My flabber was well and truly gasted. Tiger Tiger is definitely not in the same ilk as Fifty Shades of Grey; not that I’m criticizing anyone who likes Fifty Shades but it’s definitely not the same genre. Which is the thought that led to my stuttering response. The same stuttering, clumsy response that I’ve given to many friends who have asked about genre…

“It’s romantic comedy, but kind of more comedy than romance, that is to say it’s not a traditional romance, not Mills & Boon-y or anything. It’s a bit Bridget Jones-y, but different. It’s… gah.”

And I fail to describe it. I get the occasional “Oh I like Bridget Jones” but I don’t want to sell it off that comparison. It is what it is. It will make you laugh, might make you cry, is honest, and sweet and written with love. I don’t think that’s a genre though.

Pretty Posters, Promotion & Persuasion

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This is out of my domain. I’m a single mum, I can knock up a dinosaur shaped birthday cake whilst playing Connect 4, vacuuming the lounge and singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. That kind of multitasking I can do, this is a whole new world. You’d think that writing the book was the hardest part, compared to all of this it is easy.

I’m having to learn quickly; Twitter, Facebook, Hashtags, Key Words. I’m calling in favours from friends, asking for help from strangers.

Luckily this week two things came together for me: firstly a graphic designer friend of mine, Aimée Davies at aimeecreative.com, put together some amazing artwork for me to distribute to the coffee shops of North London and secondly I chatted to Rae Earl (author of My Mad Fat Teenage Diary) on Twitter as we are both alumni of Stamford High School For Girls and she has agreed to read and review Tiger Tiger. Not a bad week. And not a hashtag in sight…

The First Review

It’s inevitable, you write a book, it’s available for the general public to read, you watch copies being bought, cross your fingers that it is being enjoyed and then it happens: the review.

I felt my heart leap to my throat when I saw the first review had been written. What if it was scathing? What if I was kidding myself that I could write, that being an author was anything more than a pipe-dream? Then I read it: http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B00D5EYHAM/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1 and I relaxed. Let’s just hope it’s the first of many.