Last year Cinnamon Press published my first book - it's been favourably reviewed, was listed for Welsh Book of the Year, and was generously supported by Welsh Books Council. I've spoken at festivals, had people write to me from across the world, and been astonished at how Counting Steps has connected with its readers.
Being a 'published author' has changed my status and confidence as a writer. But the reality - as any bookseller will tell you - is that sales are still hard to come by.
So I'm delighted that Cinnamon is funding two promotions which mean you can obtain Counting Steps for free.
THE FIRST PROMOTION
For the next five days only Counting Steps is available free as a Kindle download on Amazon.
There are no gimmicks, no catches - just a free download instead of the usual £4.49. There's even an extract to read online.
Click here for free kindle download of Counting Steps
Giving away free copies might seem counter intuitive, but it's an established, if costly, technique that publishers use to rise up the rankings - and the impact on later sales is evidently positive. It's a considerable investment for small publishers to do this...
So please take the time to download my book - and forward the link, email it to your friends, tweet it, Facebook it - mention it on your blog - whatever.
THE SECOND PROMOTION
Cinnamon has recently published The Snow Goose - the first collection of short stories from award winning outdoor writer Jim Perrin. If you by a copy direct from Cinnamon, they will include a free printed copy of Counting Steps.
A review of The Snow Goose will follow shortly, but suffice to say, it is an uplifting and very different collection from one of the UK's most intelligent writers.
To buy the Snow Goose for £8.99 and receive a free copy of Counting Steps - click here
AND A PERSONAL REQUEST
It's seldom that I'd ask for support for the Bike Shed - I never carry advertising, I never take paid reviews, I donate all my book royalties and tutoring and appearance fees to good causes.
So just this once, can I ask you to click and download my book this week - far more important than helping me, you'll be supporting a small and worthy publisher.