No Whine, Just Champagne Live Discussion # 71 June 25, 2009
You wrote, edited, and polished. You submitted and suffered rejection. You revised, edited, and de-wased. A publisher said, â€œYes.â€ You revised, cut, and added whatever your editor suggested. You created a website and a presence on Gather and Facebook. Maybe Twitter and Linked In too. Your release date arrived. You blogged, posted, and networked. Now what? How many books did you sell? A hundred? A thousand?
How many do you want to sell? Does it matter? Is getting published the goal?
A few of us No Whiners (Hah!) have done all of the above, perhaps more. Iâ€™ve queried agents and pitched to them at Writing Conferences. (I donâ€™t have oneâ€¦ yet.) Iâ€™ve participated in promotion events at local libraries, bookstores, and a college. I made and mailed hundreds of flyers and bookmarks. Iâ€™ve given away dozens of pens imprinted with my website. (www.ShirleyAnnHoward.com)
Guess what? Iâ€™m still not driving a BMW. And I donâ€™t have a movie contract either.
Iâ€™ve had a total blast writing, editing, and getting to know other authors. Iâ€™m in love with my books and my laptop. Is that all there is? Is this the end? My third novel will be published in 2010.
Guess what? Iâ€™m not shopping for a winter home on the Gulf Coast of Florida.
For this discussion, Iâ€™m interested in hearing various philosophies and ideas regarding promotion. Although I donâ€™t consider the acquisition of money my life goal, selling a million books would certainly add to my personal validation as a writer. It would be so cool to have a full box of fan mail. Iâ€™d say â€œyesâ€ to book groups, writing teachers, or bookstores looking for a speaker.
I guess the world just hasnâ€™t discovered the literary merit of TALES OUT OF SCHOOL and its prequel, TALES OUT OF COLLEGE.
Sorry, Pat, but a discussion on promotion isnâ€™t complete without it.
The group No Whine, Just Champagne will host a live discussion on the importance of book promotion on Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 9:00pm ET. I hope you will join us. We want to know what you have to say.