Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Marketing, promoting, advertising - when does it stop??


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I’m off to a convention in the Emerald City (Seattle, W.A,) this week and I’ve been way too excited to get anything done. Or so I thought. Seems I work well under pressure. I’ve gotten more done in the last three days than I’ve been able to accomplish in a week. Of course, not all of it is correct but it is fixable…..gulp! :-)))

 
I spent time today reading over all the workshops offered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The choices are staggering. As an Indie author, I’m of course interested in most of the marketing workshops. Keeping up with this fast-paced business is tiring and exhilarating at the same time as challenging.

 
Those dollars I spend trying to promote my books have to be put to the best use I can discover. As you all know, the freepartay’s have done me well. But it’s been over a year that I’ve advertised with them. I realize that I’m hitting the same market repeatedly.

 
It makes sense for me to spread my wings and find others who might like my books. And that means I need to share my promo bucks. Like many others, I accept that I must market my work and pay the money to do so. I just want – like everyone else - to get great results for the least amount of money.

 
I will keep notes and let you know any gems of information I come up with during this convention. And I don’t expect all of it to come from the workshop co-ordinators either. I have no doubt the personal networking will bear fruit also. At least I hope so.

 
Recently, I’ve been told that the best form of publicity is by releasing more books. I took that advice seriously and after waiting well over a year, I just got the rights back for my favorite book of all – Together for Christmas. I’ve had my brilliant cover artist, Steven Novak (the man’s a gem! And so easy to work with) make a wonderful cover for the book and I re-released it a few days ago. I’m so happy to see it up on Amazon, looking spiffy and finally selling at a reasonable price.

 



 
 

Back page narrative:

Abbie Taylor has a thousand things to do before the big day, help the vicar with his needy families, organize the Christmas nativity, and spare time for a distraught baby at the orphanage who only settles when she’s near. Falling into a coma while her spirit resides inside a prickly, big shot businessman doesn’t work for her at all …until she falls in love.

How could Marcus Chapman be so unlucky? First he’s saddled with his newly widowed mum, and the next thing he knows, he has an annoying spirit invader who’s instantly aware that he isn’t nearly as tough as he makes out. Between these two manipulating women, and the orphans Abbie forces him to visit, the poor man doesn’t stand a chance. The season is Christmas, and love is all around.

 
***When this book had been released under Wild Rose Press it had 8 reviews - all fantastic – all 5 star reviews and not one from my mother or friends….LOL! Legitimate reviews that told me they’d loved the spirit-travel concept and found the romance enthralling.

 
A short Excerpt:
     

     Maybe it was the eagerness in her voice, or maybe just her words, but whatever she said made him grin. Up till then, he’d seemed like a stranger looking back at her in the mirror. Then his smile changed everything. Unfortunately, it didn’t last too long. But she’d seen enough and decided right away that he had a dear face. Not what one would call handsome, more like interesting. She’d bet that his full head of messy hair cut short and worn close to his head normally didn’t look so scruffy. That wouldn’t be his style at all.

      His piercing green eyes didn’t have the same sparkle as his mother’s. They were ruthless and compelling, slightly haughty and intense, and the shrewdest stare she’d ever come across. She felt as if he were trying to find her inside of him by staring into his own eyes.

     “Can you see me?” She teased.

     “I do believe I can. I went slightly crossed-eyed for a moment, and I have no doubt that was you sneaking a peek.”  When he grinned teasingly, dimples appeared on both sides of his mouth and created a whole different impression. This man devastated with his attractiveness, his charisma.  

     Unequivocally, Abbie knew at that moment, not only had her spirit joined with his, but also her heart now faced a challenge.

 


 
 
If you liked the concept of Quantam Leap, make the protagonist a female, add in a lot of romance, humor and a lovely Christmas theme and you'll have
Together for Christmas.


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2 comments:

  1. Hey Mimi, are there ever any writing conferences on the East coast? I would love to attend one close to home. Can't wait to get your tips on marketing. Have a great conference and a little fun, too.

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  2. Thanks Flo. Got here tonight and had dinner with a bunch of lovely ladies....let the networking begin :-)

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