I'm new to the whole marketing part of writing, but I'm not new to marketing. In fact, I'm a brand sales consultant when doing the whole day-job-thang. But when marketing and promoting your own work is quite different.
As far as what's worked, I would say that I really haven't pulled the trigger on enough stuff to give you a whole lot here. In fact, I'd give myself an F when grading my marketing prowess so far. So whenever I find myself in a rut, I always reach out to my fellow writers for help. I'm banding together with other authors in February to help promote our steampunk books. And I'm also part of an international steampunk project that I will be unveiling very soon.
My hope is that I will gain some visibility among the steampunk community.
What has not worked? Let me count the ways...I was so focused on getting my book out, that I completely ignored the whole marketing thing. So my book was released, my friends and family bought it because they love me (and who can blame them?), and then nothing. No real momentum.
So I'm starting from ground zero. Hopefully in a few months, I'll have a success story or two.
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It's my pleasure to help beam Cherie Reich's cover for her latest novel, REBORN, all over the interwebs. Behold...
|What an amazing cover!|
On the day of Yssa’s death and rebirth, the god Apenth chose her as the Phoenix Prophetess.
Sea serpents and gods endanger the young prophetess’s journey and sour the omens. Yssa is cursed instead of blessed, and her duties at the Temple of Apenth prove it. She spends her days reading dusty scrolls, which does nothing to help her forget Tym, the boy back home. But the annoying yet gorgeous ferryman’s son Liam proves to be a distraction she can’t predict, even though he rarely leaves her alone for two sand grains.
Her boring temple life screeches to a halt when visions of her parents’ murders consume her. Yssa races across an ocean to stop the future. If she can’t change Fate, she’ll refuse to be the Phoenix Prophetess any longer. Fate, however, has other plans for her and the kingdom.
Yssa must either accept her destiny or fight to change Fate.
Reborn, book one of The Fate Challenges, by Cherie Reich will be released on May 23, 2014. For more information about Cherie Reich and her work, please visit her website or blog. The cover art is created by Laura Sava. To add on Goodreads, click here. If you’d like to be notified when Reborn releases, please sign up for her newsletter here.
Author Bio: A self-proclaimed bookworm, Cherie Reich is a speculative fiction writer, freelance editor, book blogger, and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her ebooks include the horror series Nightmare, a space fantasy trilogy titled Gravity, and a fantasy series The Foxwick Chronicles. She is Vice President of Valley Writers and a member of the Virginia Writers Club and Untethered Realms.
Her debut YA Epic Fantasy novel Reborn, book one in The Fate Challenges, will be released on May 23, 2014.
Website Link: http://cheriereich.webs.com
Blog Link: http://cheriereich.blogspot.com
Newsletter Sign-ups Link: http://eepurl.com/j3D5X
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How about another cover reveal? One from author Ainsley Shay. Here's the cover to her latest release:
|You all know how partial I am to dragonflies!|
Erik never had to be anything other than a
freak… until now.
Ainsley Shay's new book is ready for the world to see, and she couldn't be more excited! A short blurb is below; but coming, she'll tease you with the first chapter.
After the Curtain Falls Blurb:
Two hundred fifty-three days is a long time to fake being normal when night after night you perform miraculous feats on stage in a freak show. Thousands have paid to witness the miracle, suspecting nothing more than a hoax. But it is very real and it is slowly destroying him. Erik is weakened to the point where he'll stop performing and start going to school for the first time ever—in his senior year. His only goal is to rebuild his strength so he can return to the stage and perform doing what he loves most in this world. What he didn't plan for was the appearances of beautiful Addison and mysterious Naya. Now, unfamiliar feelings and bizarre new friendships threaten to unbalance Erik's future as a miracle-performing freak.
After the Curtain Falls will be released on .
Edited by the amazing Todd Barselow.
The beautiful cover design was created by Najla Qamber.
About the Author
Ainsley Shay avoids insanity by living mostly in the fiction world. She believes surrounding herself with positive people, and strives for balance in everything. She owns more jeans with rips and holes than without; and has recently found the magic of patches. For her, reading or writing the perfect sentence is better than the smoothest piece of dark chocolate melting in her mouth. She is a deltiologist for pure enjoyment, not for the study of. She longs to move north one day, even though she hates the cold. (Go figure!) So, for now, she continues to live in warm south Florida with her incredible husband, three beautiful daughters, and two lazy cats. (We won’t mention the dog.)
Ainsley Shay's website: Ainsleyshay.com
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Can you relate to my marketing-mishap? What do you think of Cherie and Ainsley's covers? Have you signed up for my little blog tour in March to help rectify my marketing goof? If not, you can click HERE to fill out a very short form to help me organize my Dragonfly Warrior Tour.