Your fabulous hosts: Arlee Bird, Yolanda Renee,Jeremy Hawkins, and Alex J. Cavanaugh.
We are supposed to share marketing ideas we've used and tell what worked or didn't work. And it doesn't have to be writing related. Promotion is promotion and it's all TOUGH!
So, first, my bad news.
My Detroit signing was a bust. There. I said it. But, I have to say, I wasn't too disappointed because I didn't do much to promote it. It was a holiday weekend, I was quiet and mousy and shy with the few strangers who came in to buy coffee, and I didn't do any advertising otherwise - I depended on the little coffee shop to promote.
It was a sad event compared to my other events which have been pretty good. I did the same thing I did before, but my connections in Detroit are much fewer than here in my home town. I wanted more traffic, but didn't really do much to bring it.
So, I learned from it! I'm going to have to reach past my friends and family and actually talk to strangers and be confident and put myself out there! I have had several opportunities to tell people I wrote (& published!) a book, but I feel like I'm bragging. I had to work at a concession stand with some other moms I didn't know very well. It was deadly quiet several times and I thought about bringing it up, but I didn't. I really need to get over that. It's so hard to promote yourself!
I also realized I needed help on the right way to go about organizing a proper book signing. So, I researched! My book launch party last July was a great success because I followed a plan. Now, I will follow another plan for future book signings. It's the only way I'm going to break the buddy barrier.
Here are some links I found that had great tips for a successful book signing event:
The Tricked Out Toolbox
Authors and Speakers Network
I look forward to trying them out! I'll be in the Atlanta area March 24-28. And when I set up my signing, I'll let you all know! I hope I can meet some more writer/blog friends! (and see Sherry Ellis again! She came to my Cinci party on the day she was moving to ATL!)
I also look forward to reading more tips through this awesome blog symposium! Thanks for organizing it hosts!
And one more helpful thing! I came across this great opportunity if you are looking for a critique partner!
Megan Grimit is hosting a Twitter Critique Partner Matchmaking Party on Monday January 20. (TODAY!)
What: A chance to pitch your book to a bunch of like minded writers
Where: Twitter, of course!
When: January 20th from 10am-10pm EST
And You’re going to need:
- A twitter pitch (140 characters or less to include the #CPMatch hashtag)
- A few labels (this is my fave part!):
- Do you get straight to the point- STTP
- Fan of the compliment sandwich- CS
- Are you brutally honest- BH
- How about a good copy editor- GCE
- Or are you more of an attention to detail type: ATD
- Maybe a critique partner beginner: CPB
- Plot hole hunter: PHH
- Do you give great big picture notes: BP
- Are you a few of these things? Go ahead and list as many as will fit in your pitch.
Trapped among bleeding walls, psychotic passengers, and manifested fears, can Olivia escape with her life? YA #CPMatch CS ATD
On the 20th, simply search through the feed. If something looks interesting, DM the person and get to know each other a little better. See what you have to offer each other. Then, SWAP A SAMPLE CHAPTER. You’ll never know if you really mesh well unless you see some feedback first hand. Give it a try and spread the word!