The Proper (and easy!) way to Market your Novel #1

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Oh!  You are here.  Yes, Jennifer M. Eaton is still tied up.  Yet you still return?  Come, foolish humans… I am still taking bribes listening to pleas to release Jennifer M. Eaton.

Her fate will be decided tomorrow, so click here if you would like to save her and maybe win a copy of her Make Believe Anthology In the meantime… this little book says I can find one of her posts and set it up… Here!  I have found it!

My writers group was recently treated to a visit by Author and Editor Danielle Ackley McPhail.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with Danielle, she is the author of The Literary Handyman: Tips on Writing From Someone’s Who’s Been There, Yesterday’s Dreams (The Eternal Cycle), The Bad Ass Faeries Series, and tons of other stuff.

Danielle is open and friendly, and I would encourage any author to make the effort to attend one of her appearances if you are able.

A fellow writer asked her about authors marketing their own books.  As expected, Danielle said that no matter where you get published, you will be expected to market your work.  My eyes breezed across the crowd, and I smiled as they fell on the pale, trembling faces of my counterparts.

Everyone hopes for a magic wand to tap them on the head.  “Bing!  You are a best-selling author”.  Sorry, guys.  It’s not going to happen.  At least not with a magic wand. (And if it does, pray that it’s not one of Danielle’s Bad Ass fairies.  That would not be pleasant at all.)

The main thing I have been worried about is turning into the “Amway Salesman.”  (Not that there is anything wrong with Amway.  I am sure their products are great— **Wink**)

I think many of us have been through a friend or family member who got caught up in a get-rich quick scheme, and every time you saw them they tried to sell you something.  It gets annoying.  And in the end, you don’t want to see that person anymore so you don’t have to deal with it.

Well, that is NOT the way to market your novel.  Danielle made a great comment.  It struck home for me, and I hope this helps you out, too.  Are you ready for the secret?  Are ya?

Well, I’m going to make you wait until next Friday, because this post has gotten to long, and I need time to think up a new Friday Series… but when you see how easy it is, you will smack yourself in the head.

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10 responses to “The Proper (and easy!) way to Market your Novel #1

  1. True.

    Your title caught my attention in my reader. *sigh*

    Have a good week, Jennifer.

  2. writerwendyreid

    Next Friday? Not nice Jen.
    And to that little blue lady…well, the best reason I can give you to let Jen go is the one I already gave you. Because I love her. That’s why. xo

  3. Not nice! I was waiting with baited breath for this answer…because I, too, do not want to be the dreaded Amway Writing Salesman.

  4. Carrie Rubin

    It’s like you and I are in sync–I’ll be posting on something similar next week. Not so much the mechanics, but more how I feel about marketing. 🙂