To continue with the blog series (that is hiccupping along!) I had begun last year. Click here to have a quick refresher of the infographic I created as an overview of the locations featured in my book The Labyrinthine Journey. In this post, we will be heading to Eleusis, renowned for the ‘mysteries’, and where the legend of Demeter and Persephone was ignited.
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It has been a while since I’ve written one of these, and it’s been two years since the publication of Search for the Golden Serpent. This is the reason why I started a blog, to showcase my writing, share my passion for ancient history and to support fellow indie writers. So today, I am going to let you know what I’ve been writing, or rather struggling to write, as in finding time!
Pencil this date into your diaries
1st October 2017
We know a lot about the Ancient Egyptians, thanks to this great ancient civilisation. Their desire and propagandist need to disclose what they did was paramount, especially for the pharaohs. They made sure their successes were touted everywhere. Rameses II was particularly good at promoting what a powerful and good ruler he was, even when the war he waged on the Hittites wasn’t a victorious campaign. If it wasn’t for the first pharaoh, Menes, of the 1st Dynasty to the Ptolemaic period, the last ruling pharaoh Cleopatra, who recorded everything, we’d know very little about this dynamic civilisation. Thank goodness, they did!
The purpose of the survey was to gain a better understanding of why people read and what motivates people to read. I believe love for reading begins when we are children, but it doesn’t happen on its own accord. When parents spend time reading stories to their children and instill a love for books from an early age, then it continues right into adulthood. The frequency of reading may ease as commitments grow but you always find time to pick up a book and read. There is also a correlation between reading and literacy skills. In fact, it has been proven reading helps to improve literacy and understanding, and provides limitless opportunities.
Now to announce the prize winner:
The winner of the eBook Search for the Golden Serpent and $25 Amazon Gift Card is:
Congratulations, Cathleen. I’ll be in touch via email.
On to the survey results:
Question 1: are you Female or Male?
The majority of respondents were female coming in at 81% and 19% were male. That isn’t unusual as more women tend to complete surveys than men.
Question 2: Country of residence
Most of the responses came from the United States with 38%, followed by Australia with 29% and 10% coming from Canada and Germany.
Question 3: Why do you read?
This was a question I was interested in and the two most popular answers for reading was entertainment (41%) and relaxation (32%). There were those who read to escape (18%) from the daily grind. I do that too!
Question 4: What type/s of fiction do you like best?
I read a variety of genres and I suspect so do most people but you always have a few favourites that you prefer to read. This is why I gave people the option to choose more than one answer and I am happy to report, Historical Fiction came out on top with 82%, followed by Adventure with 68%, then Fantasy (59%), Mystery (45%), Sci Fi (41%). I was surprised Romance wasn’t the leader in this one with 27% responding they like to read this genre.
Question 5: What motivates you to read a book?
With this question I wanted to know more about what readers look for when choosing a book. The responses certainly will change the strategies I will use when launching my next book. The blurb came out the strongest (89%), followed by the cover (64%), reviews (41%), endorsements (23%) and then awards (18%).
Question 6: What influences you to choose a book to read?
The responses to this question really surprised me. I was of the opinion word of mouth influenced people’s choices in books but recommendations was only 14%, nothing to sneeze at, though the ranking wasn’t high. 32% said the genre was the reason in reading a book, followed by both the author and browsing a book store with 23%, then searching an online book store at 9%.
Stay tuned for next week’s Part 2. If you have any questions regarding the survey and even if you don’t, please leave a comment below.
Thank you for visiting and reading.
Historical fiction novelist and a secondary teacher, Luciana Cavallaro, likes to meander from contemporary life to the realms of mythology and history. Subscribe to her free short story at http://eepurl.com/bhEOXr
I am glad to see the back end of 2015 although 2016 has started in the same vein but I will not dwell on it.
To get things moving on my blog this year (I will get back to the series on the Minoans, promise!) I’d be grateful if people would spend a few minutes completing a reading survey. I promise it won’t take long. I did a test run and took me all of 5 minutes to complete. As a sign of thanks, you’ll be entered to win an eCopy of my book Search for the Golden Serpent and a $25 Amazon gift card.
Please email me via the Contacts Me page to let me know you’ve participated, otherwise I can’t add you to win the prize!
Thank you and all the best for 2016.
I must admit to being surprised and at the same time pleased by the results of my poll on Where entertainment and historical fact mix. There was a good range of votes and definite responses to the questions. Given the comments on earlier posts: The (uneasy?) marriage between fact and fiction and Entertainment over historical accuracy, I was expecting a lean towards creative leniency. It goes to show one should not makes claims on anything. Yet I am also aware this poll is not a true representation of everyone’s opinion and only expresses those who took the time to vote. It is you I’d like to thank for spending your precious time to read and vote.
The eBook version of Search for the Golden Serpent is now live!
If you live in the northern hemisphere, you may be lucky enough to sneak in and pre-order your copy before the day is out!
It’s not where he appears, it’s when.
What if you’re born during another time, grew up in the 21st century and then were thrust back into the past? Confused? So is architect, Evan Chronis.
Evan, drawn by screams, ventures out to his backyard and sees blood trickling down the limestone stairs. He steps off the veranda and finds himself in the days of great and marvellous power, a time when the gods ruled the universe.
To return to the 21st century life he longs for, he must risk his life in search of powerful, treasured relics older than the Holy Grail. But what he finds might be more than he expected.
Will Evan find the relics and return home or will he remain forever stuck in a world so different from his own?
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