Monthly Archives: October 2016

To Market, To market. . .

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To Market, To market. . .

Marketing is not my profession nor preference. In the good old days, I sent a manuscript to the publisher who had given me a contractor, and basically they did everything else. (Course they didn’t always sell a lot of books!)

Things have changed.  The fun stage of writing and editing (yes I enjoy that part) , and seeing the proofed copy on line are over.  Now I’m in the difficult stage — between writing and selling. It’s called marketing, and in this day, the author carries a lot of that responsibility.

So for the last few weeks I’ve been trying to figure out a marketing plan that would produce results right away!  Since Daughters of Deliverance will come out on December 1, just in time for  Christmas  shopping, it’s the ideal season. The problem is that there are just too many options–many options– which require knowledge and experience using social media. Here’s what I mean:

Launch party–for real, with snacks and door prizes

  • Facebook launch party–online, no snacks 🙂 but free books
  • Blog
  • Book blog tour
  • Online book club
  • Email
  • Getting Reviews
  • Flyers produced and printed for handouts
  • Bookstore connections
  • Video interviews
  • Twitter
  • Goodreads
  • and more!

What’s most important — and what’s least productive? For your good advice,  I’ll send you a free copy of my biographical  fiction based on the life of Katharine Bushnell, MD,  advocate for women caught in white slavery in the 19th century.  Watch for Daughters of Deliverance coming out December 1.

Hope you like my creative formatting. The list was supposed to be in a straight line after dots, but I rather fancy WordPress’s design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m Back

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My six foot almost-five inches grandson– bless his heart
The Happiness Engineers

For two months I’ve been attempting to get back to writing in my blog.  It’s been a conundrum.  I changed passwords over and over and over again. But every time I tried to open my WordPress site to write a new post — I was refused.  I almost felt like that little dialogue box and I were at war — I no sooner lifted my hands off the keys then it would shake back and forth.  No! No! No!.

Tonight my grandson came to help.  He’s one of these ‘dudes’ that can type text with his thumbs without looking — you know that kind. God love him, he’s keeping ahead of the junior high kids he works with at his church (and that’s no easy task.)  But even he couldn’t figure out how I’d been locked out of my domain, and couldn’t get back to post.

But then a miracle happened. At 10:32pm I sat down to close  my computer, and thought I’d just check my emails for the day. I found a message from the “Happiness Engineer” (that’s what those WordPress geeks call themselves) to say they’d resolved my issue and I could  sign in.

I did! And I’m back!

(Those crazy two lines at the top –” my six foot… and Happiness engi…–“? I hit a ‘read more’ tag on top and didn’t know how to get rid of it.  You’ll probably get a lot of this from a grandma trying to catch up to her grandkids.)