I’m sitting here at my desk, second cup of coffee gone, staring at the computer screen, thinking. What am I thinking, you ask? I’m pondering what to write about on this release day for A Life, Redefined. I’m also wondering how to make this font bigger on wordpress, but that’s another entry altogether.
Release Day is a big deal. It really is. It’s when you take the baby you have birthed, nurtured and grown from a tiny seedling of an idea into an actual published work of fiction. Shouldn’t there be something to write about on a blog, commemorating this achievement? Marketing and promoting it so millions of people will buy it?
Guess not because I’m at a loss! I’ve thought about this day for months and now that it’s here, I feel suddenly shy and bashful, not wanting to ‘bother’ people with ‘self-promotion’.
I admire writers who market and promote with ease. I really do. And I wish I were more like them. But for me, I can’t understand, in my very one-sided brain, why a book can’t sell itself? I’m not comfortable with self-promotion. I’m comfortable living out the lives of my characters, creating them in my head then purging them onto the computer.
But how do I get the word out about my books if I don’t market?
I guess by writing a blog on release day about why it’s hard for some of us writers to market.
Maybe someone will leave a comment in the comments section about how to market and promote.
Maybe someone will leave a comment in the comments section about how to make this font bigger. Sorry, folks.
Maybe someone will leave a comment in the comments section about why all of these paragraphs are running together when I ‘publish’ this blog and not when I’m writing it?
I am determined to market this book, however, because it’s my best one yet. And I’m very proud of it. It is a raw, gritty story about a 17-year-old girl in Appalachia. The content is heavy, disturbing, yet hopeful at the same time. I can’t wait to hear what readers think about it.
But if I don’t promote and market the book, how will readers even know it’s there?
So I’m going to put on my brave girl hat and promote. Please be easy on me if I don’t do it the right way or you’re tired of hearing about me and my book. But seriously, it’s a good book so you should read it. (Wasn’t that good promotion??) Lol. At least I crack myself up.
And now that I’ve got you here and you’re reading my blog about how I’m struggling to market my new release, I’ll extend an offering. If you are interested in reading this book, and receiving an autographed copy, sign up for my newsletter (on the Main Page of my website). I’ll enter your name into a drawing for a signed copy.
If you have any marketing ideas to throw my way, I’d love to hear them!!
Here is the blurb for A Life, Redefined:
Seven years ago, an innocent act by Rowan Slone turned her life into a nightmare. Since the age of ten she’s lived with the burden of her baby brother’s death. Now she is seventeen and all she wants to do is graduate high school, go to college, and escape the loveless family she has endured all these years—the same family that holds her responsible for his death. But no one holds her responsible more than herself. When long-time crush Mike Anderson invites her to the Prom, suddenly her future looks brighter. Rowan’s younger sister, Trina, however, is determined to ruin her new-found happiness, no matter the cost. And when Rowan discovers her mother’s long-held secret, she finds herself teetering on the edge of an abyss. Can Rowan find the strength to move toward the future or is she doomed to dwell in the past?
Where can you buy it, you ask?