Monday, March 29, 2010

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When I was younger I can remember sitting in a classroom sweating bullets I was going to be the first one picked to stand up in the front of a room and read aloud… aka public speaking… what I’d written. Didn’t matter that I knew hands down I had the best paper out there or the funniest and that it was probably the only one with every other word spelled atrociously wrong, nope, just that I had to go put my baby up for public scrutiny. Not to mention little old moi.

Well, all I can say I am a survivor of trying to squeeze every inch of my body behind a podium and pretend all the people staring at me, waiting for me to flub up were naked. For the record that old trick really doesn’t work. Nor did making myself invisible to the class. What I need to get across is that I did it, stuttering throughout the entire paper and tossing lunch after too. I was able to present my work to the public. If they’d only had Xanax back in the day! Hmmm…

But ya know what’s worse than being first? Being dead last. Everyone’s already had all the great ideas. Told all the really cool stuff, hit all the angles on the topics you intended to touch on. Then what? I believe the word my brain is searching for is improvise J which is what I’m all about today.

Recently, my book-my baby, I gave her freedom and she stood on her own. She is now out there on a shelf with others just like her. With the exception of the 2 copies in my kids rooms. Those are collecting dust :( I won’t go there.

Anyway, in a very round about way what I’m getting at is this. If you’re going to write a book you have to toss self inhibitions out the window.  And along with that chuck out the outright panic that consumes you just before you go to an agent/editor panel to sell your baby. On occasion alcohol works wonders… I’m just saying!

That is the first place you get to really practice selling and promoting your book. If you can sell it there, you can sell it anywhere…. I know I sound like I’m gonna break out in a  song and dance right now.  New York, New Yorkkkk!

Lets face it, that’s honestly the hardest work we as writers do and it also causes the most stress.

But lets jump this hurdle and move onto the next. You’re now a published author and it just doesn’t get any cooler than this. Unless ~ God forbid ~ no one buys your book.

So, what I’ve compiled is this. I’ve read most of the other posts and all had excellent ideas and suggestions so I will not waste any more time weighing you down with the sos. This is my take on promoting your work….This is what happens when you’re the last straggler picking at the leftovers.

Talk. Talk like you’ll never get another chance to voice your opinion again. Talk to people in the lines in the market. Got anything better to do while ya wait for the lady with 200 coupons to check out? Sit next to someone in a waiting room reading and flash a copy of your book their way.  Run a philibuster. Stand up in a meeting and graciously say, “Have I got news for you guys!” Tell every exciting attribute your story has. Play up your heroine, make people want your hero more than their partner. Just don’t give away the end of the book… I’ve already done that once. Not my brightest moment!

Get your web site up and running….Ok, so God may have the upper hand on me this time. He created the world in 7 days. I designed my web site in 3 years. But its done. Cost me an arm and a leg, but I love it.

Twitter away the day is all I’m gonna say. This I have yet to master and so far it’s been a disaster.

My Space, Face Book, cyberspace ~ get in the race. Don’t let the momentum go to waste.

Blog hop like your back in school going from one social event to the next. Schmooze away baby. Read other author’s works. Support local authors and those in your clubs and organizations. Help promote them and hopefully they’ll return the favor.

Chat rooms ~ drop in. Enter some contests or better yet have one. People love~love~love free stuff.

Trailers ~ something I’ve yet to do and want to. Yes Sky, I still have all the info, just not the time…yet. This weekend I’ll start putting it togetherJThank you!

Radio talk shows and Newspaper adds and the RWA adds are fabulous ways of getting to the masses. A little deep in the pockets, but some things are worth an investment.

And last but not least, my favorite way of getting the word out ~ bribery. It works like a charm. Ask my kids. Got ‘em working the streets better than pickpockets.

Seriously!

I hope this helped. Being almost dead last in the month one tends to get slim pickins on what to talk about. Or, I could say we saved the best for lastJ

Good night. God Bless.

Jack

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Do you see what I see?


We all have psychic abilities, but something inside convinces us it’s safer to say it’s only ‘imagination’. I’ve seen the flicker of movement from the corner of my eye when nothing is there. I know it’s silly to worry about an open closet door or to check under the bed. I’m afraid to walk across a cemetery in the dark.
Is this what makes a story scary? I’m not sure I know. I know what frightens me, but it probably isn’t the same for others.
I use my fear to make my story real for the reader. That shaky feeling in the middle of the night when I’m not sure what woke me can be the same fear my heroine feels. Try to drag me to the edge of a cliff and I’ll fight every inch of the way.
Have I seen ghosts? Depends what you mean. As in a light floating in the dark or a dark silhouette where no person exists? Yes, I’ve seen both and been frightened.

Does that show in my books? I’ve been told that it does.
Here’s an excerpt from Ancient Awakening:
Legend gave him many names, but the wide halls of his mountain retreat no longer echoed with countless worshipers. He could have ruled the world had his ambition not died with the passage of time. The endless whispers were from the cold winds and the few praying priests. He didn’t care that he couldn’t remember his real name or birthplace.
For an eon he’d regretted the loss of softer emotions. Love had been the first feeling to die, along with the woman who had insisted he would never harm her. He couldn’t recall her features just the merry tinkle of her laughter and the bright smile she had greeted him with every morning. He licked his lips. She’d tasted sweet.
Fierce need flared in his gut and he sniffed the air. Outside his chamber a single acolyte in long brown robes waited to escort him. His mouth curved with a mirthless smile. The silent servants had ignited the flickering wall torches. Shadows jumped and shivered in the drafty halls like nervous virgins.

Visit my website at http://www.barbaraedwards.net for more.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Promotion - How I handle the promo jungle

I’m fairly new to book promotion. My first release, a time travel romance, came out last July. But before I even had a completed manuscript, I promoted my name and the type of stories I planned to write.

The most important thing you need is an author website. At the time I set mine up, I had no web savvy at all and couldn’t afford to pay anyone else to do a site for me. I used Yahoo sitebuilder. It was low priced, gave me software so I could set the site up by myself, and I can also maintain it and make changes as needed. At first I used the site to promote my name and type of stories I was working on. Now, it showcases my published books and stories with links to where readers can buy a copy.

Another promo tool I used when I was pre-pubbed and still use is blogs. I’m a member of another group blog beside this one and I have an individual blog, plus blog regularly on other sites, like Goodreads and Amazon.com in the published author program. I also look for sites where I can guest blog when I have a new release coming out.I also comment on other’s blogs. This gets my name out and sometimes blog readers click on my name and end up on my site.

Another tool I use is Yahoo promotion loops where I regularly post excerpts of all the books and stories I have out, since they’re all under a year from publication.

A newer promo method I’ve just started, now that I’m pubbed, is to enter my published books on contests. On my first try, my book was chosen as a finalist and I’m awaiting word on whether I’ll take 1st, 2nd or 3rd place.

I’ve also tried social networking, but only on a small time basis, like ning groups. I’m not sure how beneficial they are, since I have limited time to socialize on them. Not ready for anything like Facebook or MySpace either, though other writers use them.The main thing is to find what works for you. What you can afford and which methods won’t take away too much of your time, so you can keep on writing.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Virtual Touring



When I started writing, I thought the plan was pretty straight forward. You write, you edit, you submit, you cross your fingers. What I didn’t know was that following that all important contract, you’re introduced to something else entirely. It was something I wasn’t prepared for, and as someone who isn’t very good at talking about herself or her work, I found the concept terrifying.

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?

Happy Writing!

Jaime

Friday, March 19, 2010

Promotion - An Ever Changing Adventure

Promotion is about catching your readers attention. With every release I evaluate what promotions I want to pursue. What worked for one release may not work for the next. As well some new medium may have come along that you need to take advantage of while it is hot. For example, my last release was a novella and I thought it appropriate to have a book trailer where I didn't feel the effort would be worthwhile for my rosettes. (Fellow TWRP author Masha Holl from Otter Creations did a great job) And for my bookmarks this time around I used a postcard with the cover and blurb on one side and a recipe on the other side.

While you may have a big push at the time of a release, there are common things you can work on constantly. I'm a list type of person so I have several excel worksheets that I keep information in. One worksheet is for the Yahoo Groups I can post excerpts and contests. One page lists all my groups in alphabetical order and a second page has them listed by post day. As well, you can subscribe to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Promotion_Loop_Schedule/ to receive daily updates.

Another worksheet keeps track of all other promotions sites I use: websites, networking sites (facebook, myspace, ning sites, etc.) and blogs. I'm constantly adding new blog entries because you never know when you might need a new site. I don't list every site but stick to general or fantasy/paranormal because that's what I write. You can start by listing review sites or other places you see authors blogging. If you go on a blog tour, I think 7 to 15 sites over a month or two is a good place to start. Once again, you'll need to evaluate which sites would give you the best distribution for your release.

As a short story author, I don't go to a lot of conferences or send mailings to bookstores. However, in the future when I write novels I will need to consider these as well. So I have worksheets for conferences and independent bookstores. I list the conference, website, genre, location, and month it occurs. This way I have all the information I need should I be able to go. Every time an author mentions a signing, I gather information about the store. If you are lucky you can get the proprietor's name and a website or address.

Promotion is something an author should be working on weekly and evaluated often to make sure you are meeting your goals.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Art of Short Story-telling....


So, what do you think? Can it be done? How easily? And do you really think your reader can be satified with only a hint of a story that might inspire a novel-length daydream? As someone who writes short stories often, I can tell you a few things. One, readers really DO love a tale that they can read in a half hour. Two, you're often asked for sequels when they find they do like what you've done.

Writing a short story is just a variation on a novel. You use the same formula - what's my opening, what happens in the middle, and how does it end? The trick is to not convolute a straight-forward plot with subtheme, and secondary people who make more than passing through appearances. Your story has to move at a steady but engaging pace. That's where most people hold the misconception. That a short story must move at breakneck speed to cram everything in. Why? A single well-structured and eloquent sentence can convey the same essence that a paragraph can, you just have to choose your words. Set your atmosphere by interactive dialogue, your time period can be established instantly with a question that might introduce your characters to each other.

Tips to keep in mind - a short story has to have an ending that finishes the immediate story you've chosen to tell, that doesn't mean you have to put a life into it, just a piece of one. Leave it open for a revisit if you really fall in love. But, you have to make these people real, even if you stretch a little bit with their situation. Few love affairs really happen as quickly as they do in a short story, but that's the fantasy element, and we allow for that just as our readers do.

Make your tension believeable, be it between hero and heroine, or caused by what is happening around them. It doesn't have to dominate more than one scene before it can be resolved.

Short stories are beginnings to wonderful journeys for the imagination. If you do it right, a reader will remember your people and their adventure for years. Just remember, description doesn't need to flow on and on, just set your mood and place. From there, let your characters do the rest for you.

I'd love to have any questions, and will answer them, so fire away!!! And thanks for listening....

Denysé

Denysé BridgerWEBSITE: http://www.denysebridger.com/
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Monday, March 15, 2010

Learning About Promotion

I’m a new author and being such I’ve had to do research to learn how to promote my book. However, there’s no perfect instruction manual and you have to test things out to see what works for you. The best way to do this is to find a method with which you are most comfortable. Generally, we authors fall into two categories, introverts and extraverts. The shy vs. the outgoing. In today’s internet age, it’s become easier for the authors to talk to strangers about their books, making it easier to promote.

Social networking is one method for getting your name and your book out there for others to see. This is something I like to do and it’s fun to meet new people and create new friendships. And I’ve discovered many authors online where in traditional bookstores I might never have come across them. Facebook and MySpace are both popular social networking sites, as is Twitter.

Being that I’m a newbie, and still learning as I go about this, I thought I’d recommend some reading material to those interested in learning more about book promoting.

Christina Katz’s book, Get Known Before the Book Deal, is a great place to start and my favorite promotion how-to book. In this book she emphasizes that it’s never too early to start promoting yourself and your book. She also talks about important topics for promotion such as creating an author platform. She shares excellent tips for taking advantage of all areas of the internet plus what you can do in your own hometown to get your name in the public eye.

For those introverts who want to stay strictly online to do their promoting, I’d suggest Plug Your Book by Steve Weber. It’s all about online book marketing for authors. He explains the importance of a website presence and discusses blogging, including blog platforms and blog tours. He also talks about Amazon, Google and other ways for people to locate your book online.

Another book is The Web-Savvy Writer, Book Promotion with a High-Tech Twist, by Patrice-Anne Rutledge. This book explains how to plan your website, what should and should not be included in it, and how to advertise your book with radio, podcasting, and videos such as vlogs and book trailers.

One other book is the Guerrilla Marketing for Writer’s: 100 No-Cost, Low-Cost Weapons for Selling Your Work by Jay Conrad Levinson, Rick Frishman, Michael Larsen, and David L. Hancock. I have this particular book on order, so I haven’t read it yet, but I’ve heard it’s highly recommended for author’s promoting their book on a budget.

I hope some of these reading suggestions are of interest to you and I’d enjoy hearing any other helpful tips for promoting books.

I also invite you to join me in my social networking endeavors:

Twitter
Facebook
MySpace
Linkedin

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Pleasantries and Pitfalls of Promo

Ahhh the dreaded promo.

Having spent most of my life in sales, I (arrogantly) felt I was up to the challenge of taking on my own promoting. After all, I have a formal education in sales techniques, a not-so-shabby history of being a top producing team member and after all, how hard could it really be?

(Just when I think I have the world by the tail, the universe likes to let me know where I really rank in the scheme of things. Shifty Mother Nature and her sick sense of humor! But I digress..)

So with my wealth of knowledge and experience to guide me, I immediately began setting up my marketing plan. Website? check! (Although it is one of those inexpensive jobs created by yours truly and it's painfully obvious that web designing was NOT my calling-don't laugh or I'll put you in my next book!) Blog? check! Marketing materials? yep! Joining more chats and groups than I could ever conceiveably keep up with? Oh, you bet!! But you want to know what I learned about all of my previous experience? It was easy because I was pushing someone else's product.
Egad Batman!!


Oh, it's easy for me to sell something for someone else, no problem! After all, it's not my baby, my creation, my bare soul exposed for all the world to see. I was bombarded with the startling realization that just when I thought I had worked through all of my adolescent insecurities, they rushed back like that enourmous zit that appeared for 8th grade picture day! (Remember Mother Nature and her sense of humor?) Suddenly I found myself floundering trying to push not just my own work, but to sell myself on the idea that I might actually be a writer!

It was horrible! In fact, the first few times I told people I was a writer, I actually cringed! I felt like a poser! A fake! Someone was going to spot me any moment and shout "There she is! That's the imposter!"
But I kept going, and you know what?
I've learned a lot about my ego on this journey and the advice I will give all the newbies is this: Push yourself. Whatever you have to do. No matter how much it hurts. No matter how much you try to talk yourself out of it. Trust me. You will be richer and wiser for the experience.

Do I blog every day? No.

Do I even manage to write every day? No.

But what I try to do is focus on what I can do, what I need to improve on, and where I'd like to be later on down the line. I have given away copies of my book, I have done postcards and bookmarks, I have been fortunate to guest blog with some wonderful people and the more I talk about my work and what I do, the easier it becomes and I really have begun to believe in myself !

Do I have any new ideas for promotions that will send you to the top of the bestseller list? Sorry.

(And even if I did, don't you think I would already be there? >grin<)

Do I know any 'ancient Chinese secrets' to make YOUR promo'ing easier? Nope.

Do I believe you can do it? ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY!

Trust me, if I can do it, anyone can.

Hang in there. I never get anywhere as fast as I like, so take some time, learn the ropes and let's enjoy our journey!



Autumn Shelley is the author of "Blood Moon" a paranormal romance featured in 'Taming of the Wolf' from the Wild Rose Press. Check out her website at: http://www.autumnshelley.com/ or her blog at autumnshelley.blogspot.com

Saturday, March 13, 2010

EFFECTIVE PROMOTION

I used to promo like mad, anywhere and everywhere. Well, I've been sick... However, I've learned after three years of promoting my books that as a small-press author you have to promote your books. You are the grease behind the elbow. You! And since I couldn't promo an entire quarter last year and saw my sales practically disappear, I can share what I've done to see a rise in my sales since...

1. I promoed everywhere.

2. I updated the tags for my books at amazon.com.

3. I posted my book reviews at bn.com. You can only post a review once. String snippets of your reviews together in one post.

4. Since you must make connections with readers, create a fan group solely for your newsletter posts (a minimal number each month). Host a big prize awarded to one lucky person who joins. Announce the contest on the reader loops. And wait. I also have a monthly fan kit I award. This sweetens the pot.

5. Blog daily to elevate your place on hit lists with search engines. The more you blog, the more web bots keep up with your blog. And use specific titles for blog posts that note exactly what your post is about. Lure those searching online with search engines over to your blog.

6. I created my own educational writing brochures that I've sent out to writing conferences hoping to inform people of my blog where I host guest speakers on Fridays.

And, of course, you know you must have a website. ~Skhye

Fall in love beyond this reality...

Friday, March 12, 2010

Promoting


I've been promoting for a little over a year now. I started promoting in January 2009 in preparation for the release of my first short story, His Ship, Her Fantasy, which released in August of 2009.

What do I do to promote?

1) I have a blog...http://emmalaiwrites.blogspot.com. I recruit other authors to participate in author interviews to draw new readers to my blog. (Feel free to shoot me an email if you want to guest: emmalaiwrites at yahoo.com.)

2) I host the occasional contest to keep interest up.

3) I have bookmarks, magnets, t-shirts, and hats to mail out and award as prizes.

4) I guest blog wherever I am invited.

5) I joined Roses of Houston to help cross-promote with other local authors.

6) I have gone to book signings.

7) I joined Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. However, I don’t keep up with them very well.

8) I joined numerous reader groups, but again I don’t keep up with them very well.

9) I started a new blog…http://emmalaivisitsthespicierside.com to promote spicier romances since I have one contracted. (Feel free to shoot me an email if you want to guest: emmalaiwrites at yahoo.com.)

What I have found is that unless you’re interested in the activity, it doesn’t really benefit to participate. So, find things you enjoy and for which you have the time to participate in.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

promo

I feel totally unqualified to blog about promo. Most of what I have to say today is like that advice given when you were younger: do as I say, not as I do.

With that aside, here are some promo tips:
Get business cards/bookmarks. Pass them out to everyone you meet.
Get a website. Not just buy one, but create one people can go to.
Get a blog. Have better luck blogging on your blog than I do on mine.
Get an email account. The one I have was a bit extra when I bought my web page address, but has my name all over it so therefore is well worth the expense.
Go to booksignings. Pass out all those bookmarks you had made.
Check with your local RWA chapter and see if they have any events coming up that you can either talk or sign books at.
Figure out something you are good at and write a talk for it. Then put out a shingle with "will talk for free promo" on it. Frankly, this one gives me the chills. The only thing that popped in my mind when it was suggested was: I'm only good at telling people to go to hell and having them enjoy the trip. I doubt anyone wants to sit for that lecture. :)
Donate your book to your local library. You might not make any money off of it, but you might pick up some new fans.
Get a Facebook or MySpace account.

Hope some of these helped!

Monday, March 8, 2010

A needle in the haystack

There are so many books out there, both good and bad, how do you chose what to read next?

My TBR pile is about hip-high, I've got recommendations from freinds, books I've jotted down after reviews I've read, and authors I've heard are similar to others I like, plus there are my library books -these do get pushed up the priority list as the library wants them back :)

I've got some books that have been sitting around for years waiting to get read, and others that get gobbled up as soon as they're in my greedy little hands.

So how do I choose? Favourite authors get priority and I keep an eye out for any promos they're doing so I know what's coming out. After that I think it's luck of the draw and mood - oh, and (shallow as it sounds) pretty covers help.

When you're shuffling the cards, and tossing the dice in July trying to choose what to read next, I hope you'll give 'Human with a Twist' a try :)

So, how do you choose what to read next?

--Louise Delamore

Sunday, March 7, 2010

A Promo-ho I'm Not!

Self Promotion—Not My Strong Suit...

And apparently, neither is keeping up with my day to post to this blog! I was supposed to post on Thursday but life came up and well, here I am posting on Sunday. My apologies for missing my assigned day and for posting on the same day as another author. Oopsie!

But writing is a difficult job, perhaps because I don’t yet see it as a job. It’s something I’ve done in my spare time for thirteen years, but I don’t get a paycheck or performance evaluations, so it’s hard for me to judge the value of my work. I also find it uncomfortable talking about my writing. It took years to admit I wanted to be a writer and even longer to admit I wanted to write novels. And now that my first book is about to be published, I should be promoting it, but I’m not sure how to go about it.

By day, I’m a radiographer and a mammographer. I went to school to do what I do. I received training. I took registry exams and passed so, I feel qualified to do what I do. And at work, there are expectations. If I don’t meet them, I’m told what the problem is and what I have to do to fix it. I don’t get that with my writing. I’m more or less on my own. For now.

Since my first book doesn’t come out until May 28, there are no reviews. Yet. No royalty checks. Nothing to tell me if I did a good job or not. Only my editor and critique partners have told me I have a good story. And while I trust their judgment, I’m dying for some encouragement at this point in my career. So where do I get it?

As a previously unpublished writer, I found invaluable support and help by joining the RWA (Romance Writers of American) and my local chapter. I also found three fabulous critique partners through my local chapter. Critique partners gave me viable suggestions and encouraging feedback. I lost one critique partner when she moved away and the other critique partner became a multi-published novelist who still gives me moral support when needed.

I also attempted to enter a couple of contests early on, but I quickly learned that contests aren’t for me.

For some reason, my scores ranged from very good to horrible. Inevitably I’d end up with some bitter judge who obviously felt like a failure herself as a writer, and she’d work out her demons on my entry. With such contradicting scores and vast discrepancies in judging, I had no idea if I was on the right track or not. And with the judges’ inconsistencies and scores, I couldn’t figure out how to glean the useful bits of information from the criticism that cut me to the quick. So, I relied on my critique partners for my self-confidence and my own tenacity to move forward with my writing.

I continued going to chapter meetings and continued learning my craft while writing and submitting to agents and editors. And then one magical day, thirteen years after I started pursuing my dream, I got the call. Or the email as it happens. But now comes the hard part. Self-promotions. And I’m clueless.

Or maybe not. I obviously don’t have a problem talking. So social networking works for me. I signed up on Facebook and My Space. Though to be honest, since they changed the format on My Space, I never get on any more. I don’t understand it. I’m not real pleased with the way they keep changing Facebook either, but I at least I still understand it.

And I must admit, I feel a bit schizophrenic on Facebook. I have a Facebook page with my real name, a page with my pen name, and I have a Fan page. I didn’t plan on having a Lilly Gayle Page and a Fan page on Facebook. It just sort of happened. While trying to set up the Fan page, I set up a Lilly Gayle page and ended up with “friends.” So, I kept the regular Facebook page. It’s seems more interactive than the Fan page.

I also have a blog—-www.lillygayleromance.blogpot.com. And I’m a contributing author on this blog, when I remember what day to post!

Then there’s the webpage my wonderful brother created for me. www.lillygayle.com. Personally, I think he did a fabulous job.

I think all these are good promotional tools. I also think book trailers are a good idea, and while I don’t have one yet, dear, sweet bro is working on my trailer as I type. After all, the clock is ticking.

Book signings are another good promotional idea I plan to pursue. As soon as I figure out how it’s done.

I’m good at talking. I can handle that part. And I did order bookmarks the other day. They look nice. But it’s the business/financial part that scares the crap out of me. I don’t know the first thing about setting up a signing or even how to approach a book store about doing one. Quite frankly, I still feel like a kid playing dress up in her mommy’s high heels. But maybe one day, I'll sell enough books to actually feel like a real author.

Now, that would be nice.

More Promo

Hello everyone, and good day to you. Promo, hm, there are many different things to do for that, of course, but some things suit certain people better than others, and for various reasons. That was great advice given in that last post.

I like to make little book trailers for my work and have fun putting them together. Those can be put on blogs, websites or You Tube. It can be hard finding good pictures you can use though, or music, but sites are available.

Another thing I have fun with is making my own book marks. I put something together on the computer with little book covers on them, print them and laminate them...nothing fancy at this stage for me.

Word of mouth is good, and harder for those of us who are a bit quiet in person, but it's a good thing much is done online nowadays.

Some people spend money buying advertisements. I'm sure they see results. That's not an option for me right now, so I can't tell you personally.

Another thing I'd like to mention is libraries. My sister works in a library and got hers to buy my book. Also, I contacted my local library, and they agreed to buy three copies.

Well, whatever you decide to do, why not make it something that's fun for you? Good luck with your efforts.
-Corinne M.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Promo Blogs & Yahoo Groups

I think one of the biggest challenges as an author is self promo. Every time I think about it, it seems overwhelming and exhausting. Personally, I fing blogging works to some extent. I have my own blog, http://churchofthedamned.blogspot.com/ and a group blog I participate in with several other writers, http://romanticheartsandsexytarts.blogspot.com/ . Working the blogs and Yahoo Groups can be a great way to attract readers, but to attract readers to your own blog, you must also read and comment on theirs. There are several Yahoo groups for writers that allow promos; The_Haunt_at_PNR; castleintheskyflightoffantasy; MidnightSeductions; FallenAngelReviewChatters; Chatting_With_Joyfully_Reviewed and many, many more. Every one of these Yahoo groups is an opportunity for you to promote your book. Your own local RWA chapter most likely allows promo within the group, as well. Take advantage of every avenue. Get your name out there. Spend at least one hour a week promoting yourself, because if you don't sing your praises, who will? Good luck!!!

Julianna Sage