Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Insecure Writer: Me, Me, Me
The glorious day came when a publisher offered me a contract for one of my manuscripts, and I thought the fame and royalty checks would soon be flying my way. Little did I know how much work I had yet to do. That awful nine letter word, promotion.
Promotion is time consuming, frustrating and difficult. I know some people who do a great job of promoting their work, getting their name out there and building a reader audience. I've tried to absorb the advice they offer so freely and generously and apply it to my own promotional efforts. I admit, except for blogging, I don't much enjoy promotion. Appearances in person are usually fun but I find facebook, twitter and most everything else a chore. I'd rather be writing.
I've noticed some authors appear all over the web when they have a new release, but I have to push myself to even promote on my own blog. This I must get over and do more to make sure my books are seen, lots of places and lots of times.
One of the places I'm doing this is a new blog, called TBR. TBR was started by Cate Masters, my heroine for promotional genius, as a place for a few authors each week to talk about writing and their latest works. We all have 'To Be Read' stacks of books, and after you check out the lineup on the TBR blog for the next few months you're going to add a few more.
Today I'm appearing at TBR promoting my latest release, Beyond the Gate, the second book in my epic fantasy series. Beyond the Gate follows The Keepers of Sulbreth, book #1. To help celebrate, I'm giving away a print copy of Keepers to one commenter over at TBR and for those of you who prefer digital, I've reduced the price of Keepers to only $1.99 on Kindle and Smashwords.
So for today, I've managed to do promotion for my books here and over at TBR, as well as helping other authors by directing my readers to TBR.
So how do you feel about promotion? Are you confident in your commitment to it or do you think you could do more?