About Me

Tollesbury, Essex, United Kingdom
I was born in the Summer of 1969 in Dagenham, just on the border of East London. School was largely unproductive but enjoyable, setting me up for something of a wayward but interesting life! On leaving school I had various jobs including putting up stalls at Romford Market, working in a record shop, putting up ceilings, gardening and road sweeping. After resigning from an insurance company to play in a band, I found myself unemployed for two years. Then finally I got back on my feet and I've been a psychiatric nurse since 1997. I wrote A Cleansing of Souls when I was 22 years old and followed it up with Tollesbury Time Forever almost twenty years later. I started writing The Bird That Nobody Sees in September 2011 and it was released in July 2012. In terms of writing, my heroes are Jack Kerouac and John Steinbeck. I would also include Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan and Tom Waits as literary influences. So that's me I guess - scruffy, happy and in love with literary fiction, music and life...

Monday, 9 January 2012

Sales and Thankings!!

Well what a fun few days!

Tollesbury Time Forever became available on Kindle and Kindle for PC at about 10pm on Wednesday 4th January 2012. At last - three and a half years of writing, revising, editing, typing - it is there now for others to read. All that there is to do now is to wait and see what people think!

I am really encouraged by the initial sales! I know the Amazon Ranking thing isn't based on actual sales, but more on some kind of comparison sales algorithm but it is a barometer of sorts I guess. So it's lovely to see that Tollesbury Time Forever has been in the top 10,000 since it came out and even spent a day and a half in the top 100 Literary Fiction Rankings!

I have been told that promotion is the key now and have started to do a little of that. I have been in the local paper and am due to have an article about Tollesbury Time Forever in the work magazine. I have put up a little poster in my window at home and have ordered 200 cards with details of the book to stick through peoples doors in the village. I'm also going to try and work out how to put the novel onto Smashwords - although I am still recovering with the headache of uploading it to Kindle!

So I want to thank all of you who have bought the book, all those that have helped to spread the word and a special thanks to Sean Reardon for being the first I know of to have finished the book and definitely the first to let me know what he thought of it. I could not have dreamed for a better response, Sean - thanks so much mate!

One final thing - if any of you have bought Tollesbury Time Forever, if you could stick a review up on Amazon that would be amazing!!

Thank you so much.

Keep on keeping on good people.

Buy Tollesbury Time Forever here!


Groovydaz40 said...

Stu is it on Good Reads? I couldn't see it. It's a major source of ratings and reviews. If it's not already I'd ensure you pop it on there.

Stu Ayris said...

Great point mate! Just added it!!