Ebook launched ahead of publication date and 24 hours later I've already sold three!
Does this count as my first review?
Imogen Palmer, Troubador's editor of my book Legacy said, 'It's a great story!'
I'll take that. Thanks.
The Bookbag reviewed Legacy .
Jill Murphy said ,'I enjoyed this energetic political thriller. It gets into its stride very quickly and is a page - turning read, I managed it in two sittings punctuated only by a meal. There is a large cast of characters, all well- rounded and with disparate but entirely credible motivations....The plot unravels in a very satisfying way and covers important contemporary topics such as climate change, corporate political influence, and the resurgence of China leading to unstable geopolitics. These are things we should all be thinking about and raise Legacy from being a simple goodies versus baddies political thriller into something altogether more thoughtful.
Without spoiling- perish the thought - I liked the denouement: it leaves the door open...
If you enjoy a good thriller that travels the world and discusses the real threats facing humanity Legacy is a book you'd enjoy.'
Ebook now sold 6! My target a modest 100.
200 paperback copies of Legacy arrived last week at home. My plan is to send them out to friends etc, encouraging them to recommend it to their friends.
The hall has two large Post Office sacks full ready for posting. However. I will hold on to them for a couple of weeks until my Legacy website and Facebook pages are launched.
Monday: Sent out my books with 5 postcards and 2 bookmarks. Wait to see the reaction
Wednesday: Local library still in click and collect mode, but dropped off 4 books gratis to add to the collection. Who knows perhaps they will get so many inter library loan requests they will have to buy some copies!
Also made up half a dozen encapsulated posters for them to put up, once the borrowers return.
Thursday: Response to the mail out has been phenomenal- everyone really chuffed and eager to help.
Saturday: checked now sold 10 books - waiting for more reviews to come in.
Website nearly there and very pleased with it. Facebook next task
Monday: Another review has come in. 'Contemporary intrigue. This is a really good read. It is a story of contemporary concern. It has a surprising, tangled, compelling and fast moving plot. Will there be a follow up I wonder.'
I'm pleased with "fast moving plot," that's what I wanted to write, oh and a good complex story.
Thursday: Still waiting for website and Facebook pages to be up and running, getting to be a tadge annoying now, especially as reviews are starting to come in from friends who have read the book.
My brother in law sent some kind words: 'I've started reading Legacy and wanted to send you my first response. I'm a slow reader and usually take some time before I settle into the grain of the writing style and begin to enjoy the adventure of a new story. This has been different, it immediately became a 'page turner 'and I cannot wait till after the late evening news when I can get back to my new book. Legacy has already got a 5 star stamp.'
Friday: 287 books still to sell. It's hard not to check your sales more than once a day!
Saturday: Added this weeks reviews. Amazing 4 people took the time to review it.
I noticed I've got 3 reviews on Amazon.
Troubador sales still at 13 with 4 books sold locally by me. Well actually by my husband through his contacts.
Facebook up and running LegacyC.A.Sacha. Invited my friends to LIKE it and have had some responses. Next Friday the web designer is going to give me a hands on session on how to use the site, add content etc.
Ditto with the website legacycasacha.co.uk.
But still not happy with it - looks great , all the buttons work, but getting it to open requires several attempts. Not good.
Up to 4 reviews on Amazon.
The last by by C starts off.. For a debut novel, this story is incredibly intricate but very well researched- ten years in the making according to the author.
I can well see where those ten years have gone in creating this fast moving plot involving four of the world's continents in a story essentially about trying to slow climate change and the pitfalls that could be involved when unscrupulous companies and governments get involved.
Four more paragraphs detail the story... and it ends with. The author has done her research well so has picked information that others might prefer stays hidden? If so her life could be under threat like so many of the main characters in this story. Legacy let's hope it is truly a work of fiction for the health and safety of us all.
Well... I'm blown away. ( street patois) I've already told my friends - no flowers at the funeral!
Tuesday: need to write some press releases for organisations I belong to and who might be interested like U3A.
Need to see this whole process like a Marathon, not a Toblerone with peaks and troughs.
Wow, just checked my book sales! I'm up to 27. Only 273 to go.
I know - get a grip woman, but as a first time author I think I'm allow to get excited.
Sent out press releases to local societies and groups who will remember or know me, along with former employers. And of course the local newspaper. ( 3 weeks ahead of publication date)
Now have to get my head round the Ebook marketing - Help!
Better re-read the notes in the authors centre and see if I can make sense of them.
Friday: Doh, the problem with my website is it is clunky uploading, entirely down to me! Now I know - it works like a dream! Phew I can now begin using it to update, add news and build a following through Facebook. Just hope I remember how to do it!
If writing a novel required tenacity, getting to grips with IT and social media is another whole new adventure
Monday: Another review came in from a friend. Sending out complimentary books to friends has paid dividends. It means I will have lots of reviews when it is officially launched on 28th and with 27 sales, I presume it is helping drive sales.
Wednesday: Email everyone I know saying next 2 years I will be posting on my website and Legacy Facebook pages, and asking them to LIKE and share.
Same day: Added to Facebook my first illustration for my 200 word short story Animal Man. The story is on the web ( along with the illustration) Hopefully that generates interest.
But it has got the creative juices going- now need 20 more drawings and some of the stories will be very difficult! Heh, I am always up for a challenge.
Thursday: Managed six illustrations yesterday. And in correspondence with someone who I might collaborate with over a cowboy themed story.
This coming week is going to be memorable the tree surgeon coming on Monday ( I have been waiting 2 years ) and it is my 69th birthday plus the book is launched on the 28th. Words I never imagine writing.
The local paper announced a film and sound studio opening in Farnborough. Perhaps Legacy will become a film after all!
Wednesday : It is my birthday today. At 69 I published Legacy. Anything is possible. Just keep believing and dreaming.
On Sunday I will post my next Scribbling story. Look out for it. They are 200 words in length and a bit like macaroons- sweet, delightful, only some are bitter.
Currently I am racing to get them all illustrated. And that has been fun!
Thursday: checked sales last thing yesterday. Hurrah sold 30 - great birthday present.
24 illustrations finished. Ginger, next Scribbling story to be published on my website on Sunday.
Tuesday: Glorious sunny day, one of those delights in March. The magnolia will be out soon. It is our tree of remembrance, with families ashes spread underneath. Good mulch. I hope to be there one day too.
However, 13 Ebooks sold and 31 paperbacks, plus I have sold five to a book club in Telford, courtesy of a friend persuading her sister in law to nominate it their new read. And three to people I know for a tenner each!
I will have to remind others who said they had a book club connection, next month.
IT still driving me mad. Writing a book was so much easier.
If you are trying to upload the website, I have been told it is easier to use the thin google line at the top of the page rather than the big one in the middle of the page. (I have no idea why)
Easter Monday: I wonder if any of Philippa's press releases will get picked up and used?
Next week I will renew my efforts to reach my sales team and prompt them to promote the book.
I also need to remind overseas recipients they can buy the book locally.
Thursday 8th: No new sales since 28 March . Peaked at 31 and 13 ebooks. Is this it!
Next week when laptop returned after spring clean etc, my main focus will be chasing up the sales team to see if they have sent out the postcards I included in each complimentary book.
And checking up with Philippa if anything came from the press releases!
April 12 Monday: Lockdown eased- haircut required. Today chasing up press releases and friends as book sales seem to have stalled.
IT sorted on my webpage. I can now illustrate my short stories. Three are up - Animal Man, Ginger and Death in Paradise, and that went up just as the Duke of Edinburgh died. Thought about removing it, but no one has complained yet.
Thursday: Sales have started to pick up again. I was beginning to get worried. Website working like a dream and I am able to add my illustrations in to the Scribbling short stories. Phew.
This week the exclusive Amazon deal comes to an end with a price drop on ebooks. Then it opens up to other ebook sellers. Hope the team at Troubador will explain/ help me with this.
Then I can contact my overseas contacts and encourage them to buy for friends locally.
Tuesday: Added the Kindle Countdown Deal to my Facebook page and Messenger friends saying today for net 15 hours it is 99p. That was Monday, today it has gone up to 1.99, so I expect it will yoyo!
Wednesday: Marion in NZ has sent me a review. Loved it and will be sharing Legacy with her book club! That's two. I sent her some notes for the meeting and she said they made her want to read the book again. If I say so myself Legacy has enough meat on it for there to be lots of interesting discussions.
Wednesday : Sending out reminders to friends, who belong to book clubs- I can do a discount and provide authors notes.
Approached a local independent book shop offering to come in and so a sign, chats etc - nothing - silence! Really!
And this despite a great review in the local paper.
I'll simply have to follow it up and see if they have had any customers asking for a copy.
Had haircut yesterday. And possibly sold a book to another customer. This might be the way to go. The marketing tool no one talks about - the gossip in a hairdressers.
Friday: one more book sold - must be to the lady in the hairdressers!
Sunday: sold another book to the curator that installed the garden sculpture by Katie Netley
And 3 to a friend for her book club. Offering them at a discount from my stash is proving to be very useful.
Wednesday: checked to see how the book sales were going. Suddenly I've sold 56 with one bookseller return. How marvellous. How and why? Did send out email reminders to friends - perhaps that's it.
Claire tidied up the look of the News page on my website legacycasacha.coo.uk. Looks much better. Hopefully I can maintain it now myself.
Sunday : need to add URL. numbers to website and add next Scribbling story but first - with NetGalley bought, monthly price discount need to check site is working for me.
Wednesday: okay nothing to do with Legacy, but bought plants today for Corten steel planters, itching to get out there. But this afternoon friends, tomorrow my pottery class, so looks like Friday. Another week gone.
Agreed with a Philippa to run monthly discount on paperback to raise profile from 1 st June and the same for eBook from July with Stephanie.
Hope to see a bounce in sales.
Also website getting a refresh
Monday: I wonder when I look back on these musings how interesting and or useful they will be as a reflection of my self publishing road.
Anyway today finally understood how to move and access photographs between my devices, so that I can add them to my website. On the back of that I had a magnum in the garden, otherwise I might have considered the other magnum and ended my life. IT and me - not good.
However, Grayshott Today is interested in publishing details on Legacy and hopefully that will generate more sales.
I am looking forward to my first payment to see how many of the projected 56 sales are actual sales and not just bookshops sale or return numbers.
You have to believe.
I wonder if other Troubador authors would like some feedback on how we are doing. I suppose the problem is there are too many variables.
Monday: Am going to dip my toe into the Amazon - Authors centre and see if it produces any interest. Also looking in the village community for someone who can help with SEO ( search engine optimisation) because in looking at Legacy on Amazon I am listed as 2,251,169 in their top ten of books and 140,931 in Thrillers. How the hell will anyone stumble across my book. SEO will help, or so I understand.
19 July: 57 books sold and 22 ebooks. My first statement. Is that good? Who knows.
However, one of the book club groups has come back asking for a meeting! Iâ€™ll be really interested to know what questions they ask.
As sales have dried up my next campaign will be to contact the Hampshire and Surrey federations for contact details of the local WIâ€™s. Hopefully as we come out of lockdown, groups will be looking for speakers. I hope this might be a rich vein to mine.
The BOOKBAG Jill Murphy review
Corporate boss Gene Finnegan has a plan to increase his already startling wealth and ensure his legacy: to bring the world's first emission-free car to market and dominate production. The secret development project to enable this, Bucephalus, is already underway and Finnegan bankrolls US president Joseph Montgomery into a second term to help him carry it out. Montgomery is also looking for a legacy and one that does not involve his controlling mother and her foundation, so grabs onto Finnegan's Feed Africa programme with both hands but Feed Africa is not what Montgomery has been led to believe. It is Finnegan's live experiment with his new fuel, which is not as safe as advertised. And it's also a way for the Chinese to infiltrate and expand on their geopolitical ambitions.
Into this mix comes Josie Ryland, an ex employee of Finnegan's. She has witnessed the development of the new fuel and she knows the dangers - from health implications to the murderous ruthlessness of Gene Finnegan. Can Josie expose what's going on? Or is it too late? The ensuing tense thriller follows all the main players across four continents of the globe as they each seek to create the legacies they long for and exposes their corruptions, betrayals and ambitions. It's a wild ride addressing critical global issues.
I enjoyed this energetic political thriller. It gets into its stride very quickly and is a page-turning read - I managed it in two sittings punctuated only by a meal. There is a large cast of characters, all well-rounded and with disparate but entirely credible motivations. I particularly enjoyed Kate, the world weary doctor battling AIDS in her African community and Professor Li, the effete, corruptible but brilliant scientist, for very different reasons. The plot unravels in a very satisfying way and covers important contemporary topics such as climate change, corporate political influence, and the resurgence of China leading to unstable geopolitics. These are things we should all be thinking about and raise Legacy from being a simple goodies versus baddies political thriller into something altogether more thoughtful.
Without spoiling - perish the thought! - I liked the denouement: it leaves the door open for more from Sacha on Bucephalus and the forces driving it. I'd like to read more if my suspicion is correct!
If you enjoy a good thriller that travels the world and discusses the real threats facing humanity, Legacy is a book you'd enjoy.
by Jill Murphy
I have just finished reading Legacy. A truly excellent read and I enjoyed it very much. A clever plot with lots of twists and turn and intrigue. A real page turner. Now passed to Sue and I expect she will be 'gripped' by it too.
by Alan Byrne
'Contemporary intrigue.' This is a really good read. It is a story of contemporary concern - climate change and political intrigue. It has a surprising, tangled and compelling, fast moving plot. Will there be a follow up I wonder?
by Lesley Bernau
Wow! Just finished it. Now Malcolm has it. Political thrillers aren't particularly my sort of genre but I did genuinely enjoy this one. It will definitely make a good film- Netflix here we come.
by Carol Brinson
A real page turner. A well researched and very clever and original novel. I can thoroughly recommend it.
by Sue Byrne
I've started reading Legacy and wanted to send you my first response. I'm a slow reader and usually take some time before I settle into the grain of the writing style and begin to enjoy the adventure in a new story. This has been different, it immediately became a 'page turner' and I cant wait until the late evening news is over and I can get back to my new book. Legacy has already got a 5 star stamp.
by Jeremy Sacha
Just finished Legacy and very impressed. An exciting story with believable characters which had me hanging on a cliff edge. Surely we are now all awaiting, 'What Josie did next.'
by Joy Barr
Wow, I have just finished reading Legacy and what a great storyline!
by John Phillips
a cracking page turner with an original slant on geo-politics, the environmental crisis and pandemics. The writing keeps the reader wanting to get ahead and see round the next corner. There are some wonderful "villains" while the main character, Josie, becomes increasingly relateable, so that you find yourself cheering her on. The author is especially at her most atmospheric in the African scenes, you can smell it and hear its voices. This thriller is begging to be filmed.
by stewart dakers
The first chapter of this fast-moving thriller is called Bucephalus and Wikipedia tells me that this was the name of Alexander the Great’s charger, an animal which followed his master on his campaigns from Greece through Egypt and Persia to Pakistan.
The name is appropriate. In Legacy, Bucephalus is an ambitious new project designed to revolutionise the automotive industry by eliminating harmful emissions. The novel follows its progress and in doing so flits between many exotic locations which include the Oval Office of the White House, the backwaters of New England, leafy English countryside and the vibrant expanses of South Africa. The chapters set in South Africa are particularly convincing, perhaps because the author lived there for some years.
The wide geographical range of the novel reflects the scale of the issues tackled in this thriller – the environment, the relationship between politics and international corporations, the problems which sometimes accompany scientific advances and the recurring problem of world hunger.
Legacy sets a cracking pace and readers need to have their wits about them if they are to keep up. However, it’s well worth the effort as we follow this thrilling narrative to its conclusion.
I have just finished reading your book.
I almost found I couldn't put it down. So different but so believable and such detail about Africa.
How about continuing the story?
by Mary Williams
Legacy is a book that has it all : action, political intrigue, social commentary and family drama.
It starts off at a pace and stays there for most of the story. What I liked was how current it is considering how long it took to write. The author must have had a crystal ball to imagine the black uprising which can related to the black lives matter movement of today. The premise of the novel is spot on and it's obvious that a lot of research went into it. For me I would have liked more of the science, but that's just me being geeky.
The action when it comes is good and has the reader on the edge of their seat.
Moving to the parts set in Africa, it' clear the author has used their knowledge of South Africa and managed to make it relevant to today. Got a bit bogged down (in my opinion) with the family drama as it slows down the pace a bit. But the author needed it, to explain how and why things happen or have happened.
The political stuff in America I loved, that is the kind of thing I could read all day; political backbiting, the deals and the intrigue. All good stuff. Also liked the political and underhand dealings of the business men, politicians and all the foreign powers.
I especially liked the ending, didn't see that coming and dare I say it leaves it open for a second novel.
It's got everything to make it a good TV seral.
All in all a good read. Must be good because once I started it I wanted to finish it, which for me is something. It is well written, and for me it would be good book to take on holiday and read by the pool or the beach.
by John Clarkson
Legacy is an unpretentious political thriller that keeps you questioning until the very end. It explores the lengths that families are willing to go in protecting their heritage, make money and boost their popularity within the country.
An excellent, fast moving novel that is easy to read that brought back vivid memories of my own experience of South Africa
This debut novel by CA Sacha had me hooked from the first page. This political thriller set crosses four continents from the corridors of political and industrial power of the USA to the veldt of Southern Africa, touching down in rural England.
Legacy kept me hooked until the last page. I could smell the fertile grasslands of Southern Africa, see the English countryside and the luxury of modern China that is shown to the West.
But behind it all, politicians and industrialists are playing a dangerous game, manipulating as they strive for personal glory and increasing wealth. Can disaster be averted? Josie, a determined young woman with her past in Africa and her present in the USA hopes so.
The characters leap from the page their strengths and weaknesses driving the plot forwards to a wholly unexpected and thrilling finale.
Legacy is beautifully written. It’s a long time since I have enjoyed a book quite so much.
by J. Foster
I found I could not put it down.
For a person that is not a big reader of books I found it easy to read and follow.
The subject matter of big business, the oil industry, China and American politics plus the problems in Africa, I found very captivating.
This book seemed to cover a lot of the present problems with race relation
I would certainly recommend this book to any one that likes a good read.
by Roger Hobbs
I have just finished reading Legacy and really enjoyed it. The story had so many twists and turns and I was gripped right to the end.
by Libby B.
We've both finished Legacy now and have to give you a big mazel tovs on imagining such a complex and engaging story. Feed Africa sounds so plausible, it's hard to believe that some crook hasn't already thought of it.
Such a really timely piece with a big horizon and some great characters- you must have amalgamated a few people you know here!
A TV series or film would be the natural progression and we wish you all the luck in the world as you move the project on.
We look forward to the next one!
by Mike & Reina Reinstein
LEGACY by Carol Sacha
I really enjoyed Legacy. It was a fast paced and gripping read - a real page turner. I loved the many interesting and engaging topical themes: climate change, USA vs China, rampant capitalism, geopolitics, the inequalities in modern America and family conflict. The characters were well developed and convincing, particularly the villains who were ruthless about making money or creating their legacies regardless of the cost. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of the landscape and communities in Africa but also the ‘left behind’ communities in America. The ending was shocking and surprising and definitely points to a sequel. Josie needs to get the truth out there and expose the corruption and threat to humanity before it’s too late. I agreed with other reviewers that this exciting story would make a great film or TV series.
by Karin Hastie
I have just finished Legacy which I really enjoyed. I liked the way the characters were introduced a bit at a time. I wondered how you had predicted some of the real world events which are actually happening such as the relations between the Us and China. The rise of China and the race relation situation in the US etc Black Lives - White Lies is so similar to Black Lives Matter. It also raises the question is capitalism the way out of the climate change problems.
by Clive Cook
I thoroughly enjoyed Legacy, especially once you had introduced all the main characters. I did struggle at times with the scientific terms but that was a very minor failing on my part. What an incredible amount of research and it has certainly paid off as the result is a gripping, entertaining and very topical novel. I couldn’t put it down and it would make a great movie!
by Marion Batchelor ( NZ)
I enjoyed this book it was well written with good pacing/flow and well-developed characters. I read this fast I could not put it down with plenty of twists to keep me guessing, I am definitely going to be looking for more from this author, highly recommended.
Original review: https://www.netgalley.co.uk/book/224826/review/818228
by NetGalley review
It is a handsomely produced volume and I found that the experience of reading such a nicely presented book, was a pleasure in itself.
The genre is outside my usual choice of reading and I have to admit it took me sometime to get into the story and to engage with the characters. But as soon as the action moved to southern Africa the book came alive and I found I could not put it down. You have a real skill in portraying the atmosphere of Africa in glorious technicolour.
Of your characters , my favourite was the President's mother, She was a 'real piece of work' but also gritty and multi dimensional.
The action was fast -moving and made for compelling reading as the plot reached its conclusion, but I have to admit that I was so anxious to find out what happened that I think I read it too fast and the ending came as a bit of a slightly baffling surprise. I'm going to have to read it again.
I would love to read more of your work using the African setting, for which you have a clear affinity.
by Anne Jones
C.A. Sacha has written the same book 3 times. You could call it a labour of love. My husband says, 'it's grounds for a divorce. I've forgotten what you look like.' Seriously! I bet he'll join me on the red carpet when someone turns it into a film. Before you say why write a novel, when all along it was a film script, well it's like this - I thought the novel would be easier to do. ( I refer you to my opening line.)
My character are flawed, but that makes them more human. As I wrestled with them, they seemed to have a life force of their own. We finally came to an agreement. This is the route - it's up to you how you get me there, and they did- gloriously, shockingly and with one character hoping there'd be a sequel.
Born in Joburg, living in England now, I've worked in factories, restaurants, on newspapers and a vet's surgery. I graduated, have been a museum curator, arts officer and front counter staff at a police station; a life rich in stories.
Enjoy my debut novel Legacy