I do not use Ramblings from a Writers Mind for direct promotions because it is not the raison d’etre of this blog.
These ramblings are about sharing knowledge and experience. They are about in-depth consideration, informative articles, about highlighting the good and bad regarding writing, publishing and indie authorship.
It is not a place for advertising.
Considering the above, the following may seem directly opposed to this ethos. But read on, you will see I am seriously designing something to help and aid writers and authors like ourselves.
What is more, I am asking for your views and feedback on this project, a project I have called, @Open24.
@Open24 is an online Amazon store, my online Amazon store. (which is Open 24 hours a day, hence the name.) But… it is a store with a difference, a difference which I think will be of use to you.
Allow me to explain…
I have been an indie author for several years. Years during which I learnt far more than I could have imagined when I began to pen my first novel, ‘The Abduction of Rupert DeVille’.
In the early days, I struggled to find high quality, comprehensive information on writing, authorship, formatting, publishing, and all the sundry things which are part of being indie.
Do not get me wrong; the information was there, in libraries, on websites and, of course, on Amazon. My issue was and, to be honest still is, finding it.
For instance, if I want a book which covers sentence construction, I will have to carry out several searches, scroll down, past many irrelevant publications to find something vaguely, possibly akin to my want. That is for one single book. If I want to compare it with other books or find something similar, I need to repeat the search all over again.
A time consuming and irritating process.
This is where @Open24 comes into its own.
From the main ‘landing’ page, where you will find free trails to some of Amazon’s services, scroll down a little and you will find individual ‘departments’.
Each department holds a collated range of relative products.
Take the example above, if you are looking for a book about writing, then @Open24’s department called ‘Essential Books for Authors & Writers’ is where you will find it. (Unsurprisingly!)
What about, Fantastic Gifts for Readers & Writers?
Go inside the department called ‘eReaders Kindles covers and Stuff’ and guess what you will find? Right. Simple.
Talk about smart searches, @Open24 makes more sense and saves you a heap of time and bucketloads of frustration.
Of course, we authors do not write all of the time, we have lives and family, so @OPEN24 has seasonal departments listing great ideas for rest, relaxation and entertaining.
There is some amazing Stuff for your summer Garden for this summer.
I aim to make @Open24 the ‘go to‘ place for authors, writers and readers. You can help by commenting on this post, leaving suggestions and ideas about what you would like to see made easily accessible.
Tell me what products you want to see and what ‘department’ you think @Open24 should have in store.
Please, do not forget to ‘Follow’ @Open24 and to share it with your friends and fellow authors.
Make @Open24 an easily accessible source for information and products for all authors, and a great place for readers to find quality books.
I look forward to hearing from you.