A Month of Stepping into the Light

Today is a month since my book of poems was published.

For those new to my blog the idea was for a collection of poems written by people with mental health illnesses with 50% of the proceeds being donated to Mind a charity based here in the UK.

I am disappointed to say the least that Mind have not helped me to promote the book, especially as more sales equals more money for them but my last contact with them was on 3rd September so I will assume they have forgotten about me and the book.

In terms of sales here is the breakdown for you – not including the free copies I gave to the people who contributed poems.

Smashwords – 8

Amazon – kindle version – 4

Amazon – Paperback – 22

So a grand total of 34 sales in 1 month which is not to bad really. Hopefully if Mind can get behind me it will increase the word of mouth and get people at the very least aware of the book. I guess I can cope with an average of 1 sale a day over a year that’s 365 books! (see I can look on the bright side)

The only blemish is that on smashwords 38 people were given copies of the book in return for a review to be written and thus far only 5 people have done that.  From what I can gather though it is pretty rare for a review to be done anyway so I wont hold it against people because I am nice like that!

The other good news is that my own book is outselling this one and the profits from that one are mine ALL MINE! (evil laugh)


Books Published by The Depressed Moose – Plug Time!

Big Plug

Desperate times call for desperate measures and as sales for September are stuck at 1 here is a gentle reminder of the books I have published in the hope that you will share will all your friends and they might take pity on me.

Did you know today was National Spread the Moose book links day?

oh you didnt? well its the first year of it’s existence 😀

Diary of The Depressed Moose

Diary of The Depressed Moose

Available on Amazon.co.uk on Kindle and Paperback here

Available on Amazon.com for my friends in America here

Available in multi e-reader formats from smashwords here


Stepping into the Light – Poems from the Darkness

Stepping into the Light – Poems from the Darkness

This book of poetry is helping to raise money for the charity Mind with them receiving 50% of the profits. A great cause and well worth the few pounds/dollars

Available on amazon.co.uk on kindle here

on paperback at amazon.co.uk here

Paperback on amazon.com here and kindle here

and multi e-reader formats on smashwords here


update in January to include

Diary of The Depressed Moose 2

Diary of The Depressed Moose 2

Available on Amazon.co.uk here

available on Amazon.com here


Fly my pretties fly and spread the word! Remember my Christmas depends on the books selling so no pressure on you 🙂

Need to Get this off my Chest

I will readily admit that I like a moan, heck it helps me get it out there and off my chest so I can move on to the next thing I can find to moan about.

This is something that has bothered me for a week or more though and to be perfectly honest it has really pissed me off!

I don’t swear very often in my blog, as opposed to real life where every other word would make a nun blush. I make the effort not to curse in my writing because I don’t want people to be offended so excuse the odd one now and again.

My poetry book had submissions from 41 people. Each of them was sent a message when the book was completed to give them access to a free copy as a thank you from me for sending a poem in.

Out of those 41 people a grand total of 6 people actually sent me a reply saying thank you for all the hard work I had put into editing and formatting the book for kindle, for smashwords and for paperback versions. Each one required a different format and it took plenty of hard work and long hours from me to actually get it finished.

Now I was not expecting them to name their first born after me or anything extreme like that but surely I am not wrong to be upset that they couldn’t be bothered to reply saying thank you?

I also asked if they would write a review on the book and apart from one person (Debbie) that has yet to be done despite the fact that 33 people have purchased their free copy of the book.

I feel like I wasted my time with this project and don’t understand why those who got involved wont help me by spending a few minutes to write a review that would help other people decide if they want to buy the book or not.

Or maybe I just expect too much from people…

Anyhoo now that’s off my chest I feel better