OMIGOSH, my head is spinning. Seriously, it is.
I started a few weeks ago, setting up my own dates for the blog tour for the “Make Believe” Anthology. Then, after the Arcs went out, all of the sudden requests started coming in from people who contacted J.Taylor Publishing asking for interviews.
I’m really glad that I took someone’s advice and found the calendar feature in my email program. I started making appointments for the different days in December… but December is filling up pretty quickly.
I also have to wiggle in a blog tour for Connect the Dots, coming out from Still Moments Publishing in their “For the Love of Christmas” Anthology the day after the “Make Believe” Anthology releases.
It looks like I’m going to have to double book dates – talking about Connect the Dots on one Web Site, and Last Winter Red on another.
Now, I’m starting to pull my hair out because I have a list of people who I “Cyber know” who I wanted to ask to host the blog tour, and all these dates are filling up fast.
I know, I know, just smack me. These are good problems.
I am starting to feel what I’ve heard other authors talk about in the past… Marketing is a full time job, and detracts from your writing.
I had all these lofty goals for when I would finish and submit Fire in the Woods, but they are falling by the wayside.
It’s true what you hear… this really is hard work.
What do you think… Do you hear about books on blogs? Have you / would you buy a book after hearing about it on a blog? What would make you interested in buying an anthology?
- The Blog Tour (writerswritedaily.wordpress.com)
- Blog Tour Stop: Darkest Sins (megancashmanbooks.wordpress.com)
Posted in Road to Publication
Tagged anthology, ARC, Blog, blog tours, Book, Christmas, December, interviews, marketing, publish, Tours, Writers Resources
“That’s what she looks like? – Really?”
Part of my marketing plan is coming out of the closet. For me, that is almost literally. Well, maybe it’s more like putting down the book that I’ve been hiding behind and showing off my face for the first time.
According to the marketing plan, you can connect with people more when they know what you look like. Hmmm… I’ve been connecting pretty well hiding behind that book, too. 🙂
I love my book logo, and I don’t think it’s disappearing any time soon, but you will get to see a little more of me as I trod ahead.
So, alas, it is time to come out of the closet and show everyone what I look like.
Step one is splattering my mug on the home page of my blog. If you’re reading this post in email, click on in. If you’re already here, please suppress the giggle. I can hear it now… “That’s what she looks like? Really?” Come on … give a girl a break. This is hard enough!
Step two is my new “About” page. I couldn’t decide on one particular picture, so I did a few. The marketing plan says to pick a picture and stick with that to brand yourself with… but me just sitting there and staring right into someone’s eyes is anything but ‘me’. I wanted to promote a little more fun.
Yes, I can be as boring as anyone else, but I also have a little spunk. I want to promote my fun side as well as my professional side.
So click on my “about” link and let me know what you think. If ya hate it, I can always go back to the photographer and ask for some pictures in my granny glasses.
Posted in Road to Publication
Tagged Coming out, coming out of the closet, getting published, hiding, marketing, Marketing plan, Mars, novel, photo shoot, publication, Short story, writing
When the email containing the line edits popped up from my publisher, my stomach sank. Here it was, two weeks or so after I submitted my final MS to them. This is the part that all writers dread.
I didn’t open the email for a while. I calmly responded to everything else that was in my queue before I even looked at it.
Then, of course, I could procrastinate no longer. It said in big bold print “READ THIS EMAIL BEFORE YOU OPEN THE ATTACHMENTS”. Like a good little girl, I did. It was probably good that I did, because it kept me from throwing things.
They explained first that one attachment shows all the edits they made, and in some cases, comments why they made them. The second attachment was a clean copy that was not marked up, showing the MS as it would look if I accept all their suggestions/edits.
I grit my teeth, and opened the “marked up” attachment.
No, I was not happy.
To some extent, I expected this. Every author I have spoken to has gone through it… The slicing panic, the urge to kill, the personal affront. –My publisher warned in the email that I would feel this way, and gave leeway to vent to the poor marketing liaison if it would make me feel better. – I didn’t do that – I did the right thing. I read it, I grit my teeth, and I went to bed.
There’s a ton to be learned here, so let me digest it all (and work on my MS, of course) and we’ll go through it next week. Same Bat Time, same Bat Channel – eeeerrr… um… same web-site address, that is.
Awe, forget about it… Tune in next week.