I’m not one to toot my own horn. I am not good at sticking bookmarks and promo items in people’s faces. I’m not comfortable asking people to buy my book. I’m just not good at promoting myself. Now I’ll talk up the ladies here at MSW anytime. In fact I do. Ad nauseum. I have no problem telling people how awesome my husband’s football camp is and they are crazy if they don’t send their linemen sized son. My friend Margie Lawson gives a hell of a workshop, I tell everyone. But when it comes to me? I figure if you want to buy my book you will.
Now, while I am not comfortable with direct in your face marketing, I don’t mind the more subtle approach. I mail goodies to booksellers, I do online and in person interviews, and there are the updates on my website. I had a trailer made of SKIN. It’s up on You Tube (thanks for the help with that, Nat). I’m the guest author over at Charlotte Dillon’s place this weekend (come by and visit me, ask a question make me look interesting RRClistemail@example.com ) I love to guest blog and if there is a blog or site chatting about me in a positive light I’m always happy to pop in and say hello. I have my personal blog and I am now over at Fog City Divas, a lively bunch of ladies who are always coming up with fab promo ideas. I’m a dud at that kind of stuff.
I’m still resisting MySpace. I just don’t have the time. I’ve played catch-up since my return from New York and quit frankly I’m exhausted.
There are so many ways to promote a book but this past week at the PASIC conference someone said something that resonated with me. “Promoting books that are not on the shelf is a waste of time and money.” As a new name in the romance genre and writing erotic romance I am severely limited in distribution. Does that mean it’s pointless to promote? I mean you have to hunt for the books. Either go to a brick and mortar book store or order online. And while online shopping is gaining in popularity most people buy their books in person. But a huge number of books are purchased at WalMart, Target, grocery stores, airports and drugstores. The places you will not find my books. I’m really perplexed here.
Promote or not promote, that is the question.
I’ll appreciate any advice, from both readers and writers.