And so, the deed is done…

I did it. My first book, Winthrop Risk, Detective, is officially listed on Amazon and will also be available on Kindle in a few days.


Now I have to get the word out. When I was submitting the story to traditional publishers, I had trouble categorizing the book, and that may have hurt my chances with them. It isn’t a picture book but it isn’t a novel, either. It’s a four chapter book that falls somewhere in between. A child of about 9 years of age should be able to handle it alone.  It runs about 36 pages and is a fun read, if I do say so myself.  Because the hero in the story uses a child’s version of 1930s detective vernacular, I included a little glossary of terms in the back of the book.  I hope you’ll check it out.  I plan for it to be a series (The Winthrop Risk Mysteries) and book two is in the very rough first draft stage.  Many thanks to the Lake Saint Clair Writers group for critiquing the manuscript for the first book and giving me the thumbs up.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mlrover
    Jul 22, 2016 @ 11:04:53

    Tweeted this blog and a couple of your other ones. I only have around 3500 followers but some of them are YA and younger. They may retweet. It’s a start on marketing. Paperbacks on Amazon don’t sell very well without creative marketing strategies. There are a lot of kids using Kindles so it might help to get it digitalized and it’s a lot easier to sell that way. Many choices/possibilities for online advertising.


    • MJ Belko
      Jul 22, 2016 @ 12:45:28

      Should be on Kindle by Monday. Thanks for the retweets! I also found a bookstore in my area that likes to feature local authors.i chose every possible distribution option Amazon offered, including sales to independent stores, so I’m going to make them aware of the book.


  2. mlrover
    Jul 23, 2016 @ 09:52:16

    You can also offer to do a mini-seminar, a connecting topic you feel comfortable talking about, at a local bookstore then start the publicity a month prior. Anything for free brings people to your table. A plate of cookies, ads in newspapers, on NPR, all using FREE. You’ve got a story to tell, how-to, art work, any topic. Indie bookstores are disappearing and will appreciate anyone who can bring in traffic.Availability on Amazon just means it’s there to buy. Amazon doesn’t do anything to sell the product. There’s also day trips to schools to speak, events for kids, endless venues and it’s the best way to sell. Traditional publishers buy space at B&N. We can’t afford thousands for endcap displays, but we can hand sell, and if you make friends with indie booksellers, they might also hand sell your book. It’s sounds exhausting but it’s so gratifying to speak with readers about writing. (You’ll know you’ve arrived when someone at your event comes up and tells you they have a book that YOU can write, edit, critique or take to your agent.)


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