Hello my Freaky Darlings,
I recently read a blog post about doing enough publicity. The post stated that you needed to do three meaningful things every day to promote your book and in John Kremer’s 1001 Ways to Promote Your Book it states that you have to do at least one thing every day.
Now, I blog twice a week. I’m on Twitter and Facebook every day. Last week I gave a lecture on publicity to a class full of University students. On the 9th of October I’ve got an Author talk at Indulgence Coffee Cafe. I’ve had several reviews done on Shadows, I even bug friends of mine who have read my book to leave reviews on Amazon and Kalahari.net. I’m an interview slut. Although I don’t believe in the ‘In Your Face’ publicity. I try to keep the shoving my book down a persons throat to an absolute bare minimum. But strangely enough, I have a lot of people who pop onto my Facebook profile page and tell me that I’m a very hard working Author.
And even after all that it doesn’t seem to be enough. The reason I say it isn’t enough is because I only sell one or two copies of Shadows every month, which – lets face it – is not enough to survive on.
So it’s back to the drawing board! I have to wonder what I’m doing wrong and what am I doing right? Should I tweet more about my book? I must admit my tweets are more conversational with the odd bit about my writing. Should I do more on Facebook? Although it irritates the crap out of me when some Author I’ve never heard of starts trying to shove their book down my throat.
Which makes me think it has to do with striking a balance. But where is the happy middle? How do you avoid alienating potential readers while still letting them know that you and your book exist? JA Konrath says he’s got it figured but he’s been around one hell of a lot longer than I have and has a shitload more books out than I do. Plus I think he’s an anomaly.
So I put it to Authors and readers. When is it enough? What kind of publicity pisses you off? What attracts you? Let me know! Please!