Today starts the moment when I get serious about Her Demonic Majesty. I want to get as much of Part Two finished this weekend, so by this time next week I can say everything’s ready for the various meat grinders, and all I have to do is write the various dedications, upload, and watch the money roll in.
About that last part . . .
Yesterday I was speaking with a friend, as I am want to do, and they asked me what I was doing to promote myself. I mean, I have a novel coming out, I have access to Facebook and Twitter, so how am I getting the news out to my fans that I’ll have a novel published in a couple of weeks?
Good, legitimate questions. I didn’t have an answer. I should because I’ve been here before: I have two published stories, and I’ve sort of done the promotion thing by visiting other blogs and giving an interview or two. I know the game.
I just don’t play it well.
The writing part is easy; you sit, you think, you type, you edit. There you have it: a story. It might be shit, but it’s you’re story, and you own it. What happens after you get the stuff up, though? That’s the hard part. It’ hard because I haven’t actually had to get into that part that much.
My friend started giving me hints of things to do, things to try. I listened, I took to heart. And I’ve started the wheels rolling . . .
First off, I revamped my author’s page. It looks nice and bright, with the new covers up, and there I’ll start sending out information about the project of the novel, and when it’ll see the light of publishing day. I have my Twitter, and I should get to revamping it as well: change the background picture, get the names changed to protect the innocent, so forth and so on.
One of the things writers could do for NaNo was post excerpts from their stories, and that’s another thing that’s coming. Every day I can pull out a few hundred words from each chapter, and maybe get people interested in wanting to read the whole thing once they get their taste. Not to mention, if there’s an error, someone can point it out.
I will do an interview, and it’s going to be done a little differently than some interviews, in that . . . wait, why tell you now? Just wait until next week. Then you’ll see.
There will be the obligatory giveaway of books. Haven’t decided on how I’m going to do that yet, but I will. And with two covers from which to choose, winners can decide which cover they like better. Now if I could only get a third cover, I could have a trifecta!
What I want the most–besides sales–is to have fun. I’ve done the blog hops; I’ve done the interview; I’ve sort of done everything short of putting begging people to buy my stories. I want to do thing differently this time. I want people to find and enjoy, and help build the base. And if they buy this, then they’ll maybe buy the stories I wrote under that other name, too.
It’s the time to shine–
Lets burn bright.