Saturday, March 20, 2010
I’m talking about promotion.
Initially, I did the usual things. I started a blog, I joined yahoo groups, and I started making friends in the community. It wasn’t until my first story released that I fully began to grasp how important it was to get my name out there, market my product, and get to know the readers. Without doing those things, the story didn’t sell. Fortunately, I discovered one way to promote that allowed me to branch out, enjoy myself, and spread the word.
Virtual tours are fast becoming the new wave of promotion. You visit blogs, speak to authors, and get to know readers of different genres and varying interests. It’s a fast-paced and exciting way to get to know people, allowing you to stretch beyond the chaotic and sometimes confusing world of loops and chats.
While there is more than one company to choose from, my personal experience has been with Goddess Fish Promotions. They’ve hosted my paranormal tour and urban fantasy novel, and will be doing the same for my release, Crimson Moon, with The Wild Rose Press. As a bonus for being a LASR / Whipped Cream reviewer, they extend a discount to those who tour with their books. Or if you don't have the time to review, just by becoming a Goddess Fish host, you get a discount as well. It’s a win-win, especially when you're trying to find new ways to get your name out there.
I hope all of you will join me in June when Crimson Moon kicks off. I’m looking forward to sharing more of my story and getting to meet new people. Already, I'm working on guest blogs and trying to think of prizes.
So tell me, have any of you gone on a virtual tour? What was the experience like? Did you enjoy it? And if you haven't tried one, do you plan to in the future?