J.A. Ironside

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Noted cheese enthusiast, J.A.Ironside (AKA Jules), masquerades by day as member of the Gloucestershire County Council library service which funnily enough has rather less to do with books than you would think. Otherwise you will find her writing or reading (or doing martial arts).

Her addiction to the written word began early – Jules grew up in rural Dorset, in a house full of books – which set her up as a lifelong bibliophile. She writes across various genres, both adult and YA fiction, and it’s a rare story if there isn’t a fantastical or speculative element in there somewhere. Jules has had several short stories published in magazines and anthologies, as well as recorded for literature podcasts. All six books in her Unveiled series are n
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J.A. Ironside So sorry. I missed this. Please feel free to post a promotion - there's the book market folder and a promotions folder so whichever fits your needs…moreSo sorry. I missed this. Please feel free to post a promotion - there's the book market folder and a promotions folder so whichever fits your needs best. If you are after reviewers again, please do say.(less)
J.A. Ironside Hi Raymond. Thanks for reaching out. There isn't a quick or straightforward answer to this, so with your permission I will message you with a fuller…moreHi Raymond. Thanks for reaching out. There isn't a quick or straightforward answer to this, so with your permission I will message you with a fuller reply. (Assuming that's ok with you? Just drop me a DM.)

In short, the following may help:

Check out Joanna Penn's website The Creative Penn - especially this post The whole site is a good place to start if you're new to creating and publishing books.

You can offer free copies (arcs - advanced review copies) to readers in exchange for honest reviews. There are sites like Library Thing, BookSprout, Hidden Gems etc which allow readers to access arcs.

You could look for a company that will organise a blog tour. This does cost money but you are not paying for reviews - you are paying for the company to organise the appearance of your book on various different blogs of a similar genre. A quick google should net you some leads to follow up.

You can approach book reviewers/ book bloggers/ book tubers directly. Most have an email address you can contact them on. Just send them a polite email, introduce yourself, tell them a bit about your book and offer them a review copy. Make sure you pick bloggers who read in your genre - I used to book blog and it's very frustrating, not to mention rude, when an author doesn't bother to check your statement to find out what you actually read. Some will say no, some will just never reply, but a few will say yes. Offer only the first book to start with - no one really wants to find three books from an unknown author in their inbox. I know that you want reviews on all of them and I completely understand how you feel, but this is a long game.

You might also ask your beta readers, friends, family (if the latter two read in your genre) writing group members (if you're part of a group) will provide an honest review. You need to be careful of anyone closely connected with you posting a review on amazon, however they can post on Goodreads, their own blogs or other sites where your book is available.

You could also join a few groups in the relevant genre here on Goodreads. Just search groups and find ones which interest you. The goal is to make connections so don't just arrive and ask people to read your book. See if there are other authors who would be willing to trade review for review - you read their book, they read yours. You'll need to check group guidelines etc. The best thing you can do is make friends in the bookish community.


See how you get on with some of those suggestions. Hopefully a few of them will lead to other things you can try. Best of luck, Jules(less)
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Æthelflæd – ‘The Warrior Queen of Mercia’

I took a walk on the outskirts of Gloucester today – mostly so I could grab a couple of photos for one of the sections of my Newsletter. During my walk, I visited St Oswald’s Priory, which has some interesting history attached to it – as, indeed, does all of Gloucester – especially with reference to local heroine and fierce Saxon Queen, Æthelflæd. So much so, that when I began to incorporate a...

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“You know why I really hated you? With all that you had you were just so oblivious to it all. You didn't use your beauty. You didn't ever try to get what you wanted. You didn't deserve what you had. I did because I would have used it. And you just...loved me. Loved me no matter what I did. You have no idea how I despised you for that. I wanted you gone."

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“She was everywhere. She was screaming in her tortured body. She was watching from cameras in every room. She was the false weather system and the storage devices. She was the gate keeper, throwing six shirts over her swan-brothers necks...opening six doors for her brothers to step through as young men, though their bodies were long gone, used up by the organ banks of the upper castes.

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