Today, my mind seems determined to skirt anything remotely productive (read: editing during my lunch break), so in an attempt to salvage as much productivity as I can, I’ll write on here. (I’m not sure why, but my mind insists this is fun and relaxing and NON-productive. Goodness… I’ve over-used that word…) As well as boycotting editing, my mind has given up trying to process, so forgive any ramblings I may have. The husband’s alarm went off at 5:15, just as I was finally getting to sleep, so everything’s running at half-battery today.
Time and again, I’ve run into one particular road-block. Perhaps you in the inter-web can help me with it. I am, by nature, a modest person. A highly-energetic, overly-talkative, put-my-foot-in-my-mouth person, but a modest one nonetheless. Promoting myself seems almost backwards to me, regardless of the logistics of the matter. After all, how do you promote without bombarding? In my experiences with BookRix and the multiple direct-selling companies I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, there seems to be no difference. Requests for trials, reads, votes, sales, and anything else possible is shoved forward, while Puss in Boots stares at you over the top. Who can resist those eyes, let alone the stories of desperation, desire, or drive? And yet… there is always that bitter taste left over. I should know. I’ve been on both sides, one as a Mary Kay consultant and the other as any of the above. It leaves a bitter impression on both sides. I hate having to dredge up little tidbits of manipulation or cajoling to get a sale (which is probably part of why I didn’t fair too well), and I hate being manipulated.
So then, in the world of a saturated book market, how does one go about gaining popularity WITHOUT this nefarious business? I would love to host a contest of some sort, but I have yet to be able to eat anything aside from ramen and canned vegetables, let alone afford an iPad or some cool shirts or even a gift card. God love those who have “liked” my author page on Facebook, for I am eternally grateful that they put up with me. I’m in no ways so naive to think that they read everything I post, nor that they follow half the links I post. Statistically speaking, I’m doing really well! 33% see each picture/quote/post that goes up on my wall. After perusing some of the other pages I follow, I’m beginning to realize that said 33% would be even more amazing if it was out of 100 people, or 1,000, or (as on my most favorite page) 12,419. The getting to such a point remains the problem.
Until Calypso comes out, what should I do? There are three and a half chapters out there on the inter-web (the half being the prologue). Is that enough to create interest in the story? If I were to post more links to lesser works, would enough people like it to spread the word? Am I even a good enough writer to create interest based off what I have written so far? What if I’m not? I know that many authors don’t have a backing beforehand, but my own vanity and the advice of others leads me to believe that popular sentiment can be important. Should I create a book trailer? How the heck do I even do that??
So many questions and doubts, yet I am determined not to resort to begging.
What are your thoughts? What suggestions would you give? Opinions on the begging vs. promoting? And, does anyone know how to create a book trailer???
Posted on September 10, 2012, in Word Vomit, writing and tagged anti-drug, BookRix, Calypso, crazy talk, editing, facebook, musings, nerdliness, S. G. Ricketts, the crazies, violence=the answer?. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.