Friday, August 17, 2012
On the horizon
Between editing, thinking more on my coming new book, writing for the other blog, family stuff, preparing the vacation trailer to actually go somewhere, my mind is also on how do I market the new one? And where?
I have read many who put out a lot of material ahead of a new book including passages from it. They make a big deal out of its arrival date. I guess I could do that. I did create the trailer about photos that inspired the story. Still I am not that great at marketing. For that matter, I still don't like any part of doing it.
Some of the writers who do well do put out paid advertising. I think it must work for them or they'd not do it but would it work for my book? I don't buy books based on advertising. I receive ads from say Amazon and almost never look at the books they are listing. Facebook offers advertising, but I can count on one hand the times I have even looked at the advertisements there. Besides wouldn't my Facebook friends' list feel used if I did that?
This blog, Rain Trueax, might be my best shot at promoting. I think anybody who seriously wants to write needs a blog like this where it is about sales and belief in the books. Sometimes I admit to wondering if I made a mistake not using the main blog with its larger readership but know how I felt back when others suddenly turned their blog into one to sell. It turned me off. It's different if a blog starts out about writing and promoting as this one has.
The new book is complicated by it being different than the ten already out. It's not building on the kind of book I have already published. It's not though so different in the feel of the story but that this one is set in an historic time.
For the editing, the historic setting has required a lot of second researching as I come across passages where I know I researched them when I wrote it-- but how carefully? If I can't remember, I go back and do it again. Back then I didn't have the convenience of the internet to double-check my facts.