Status: Writing, editing, promoting :)
Posted by: Genie Gabriel
Blog tours, online parties, contests, free reads, and an occasional personal appearance. Welcome to my world of promoting my new LEGACY series!
First of all, I feel compelled to say I'm basically an introvert. I like to stay at home, dig in my yard, snuggle with my dogs, and play cards with my sons and grandkids. Ironically, I'm also the kind of person who will start conversations with strangers in supermarket lines and I love to respond to commenters online.
So when I considered promotion for my series of books, I figured the more I could do online--without changing out of clothes that were covered in dog hair or garden dirt--the happier I would be. (A photo at left of some of my daffodils insist it's spring in spite of the cold weather!)
I collected lots of ideas on how to promote my books and picked the ones that seemed to fit my personality best. Well, I was kinda dragged into the world of blogging, but I'm getting the hang of it. I love giving away things but need to make sure I'm not spending way more money than I earn on books. I also discovered online parties, where fifty or more authors offer excerpts of their books and give away prizes.
And I do change out of my "grubby" clothes once in a while and venture into the world of real people. :)
Though I thought I had a "plan," the promotion blitz for the release of the first book of my series, PICTURE PERFECT LEGACY, still knocked my writing schedule out of whack. I got rather crabby from not writing before I regained my balance and moved writing back to the top of my priority list where it belonged. If I can't produce a good book, promotion isn't going to do be effective!
Then came some great successes of authors offering free downloads of books. Too good to pass up, that was added to my promotion plan. My first trial of this will come in mid-April with one of my novellas. If that works well, my publisher and I are planning an online "Summer Concert Tour" with my first three novels that are linked to members of a rock band, offering them as free downloads at different times this summer.
Also a new venture for me is welcoming guest authors to my LEGACY series blog
. While I'm here today, Dr. Veronica Esagui is at my LEGACY blog talking about her series of VERONICA'S DIARIES. She has led a fascinating life, and I hope you stop by there to say hello to her. I'm also starting a new contest, and your name will be entered in the drawing twice on Thursdays when guest bloggers visit.
In addition, Facebook and other social media are still on my list to catch up on. Video trailers are waiting for me to complete…
There are many possibilities for promotion and, for me as for probably most authors, all these possibilities have to be weighed against continuing writing deadlines and other commitments, as well as keeping myself healthy. I've seen a number of authors exhaust themselves when a book is released. With a new release every two months for the next sixteen months, I don't have time for exhaustion--despite the fact it's after 2:00 a.m., which means it's almost bed time for night owl me. :)
I still have moments of wondering what have I done? But with a "to do" database, I'm more productive than ever and enjoying this new phase of my journey.
As an author, have you found a promotion plan that works for you? Do you have any tips you'd like to share? As a reader, are there promotion efforts that will help you decide to buy a book?