When you get an idea for a novel, and you write that novel, and you publish that novel, you are only starting on your journey as a writer. You are now required to tell people about your novel. Lots and lots of people.
There are some good ways to do this. There are some bad ways to do this. A good way is to get folks to blog about your book. Another is to tweet about it. And about the blog posts. A bad way is to pay someone a lot of money to review and blog, and then not get anything back on the investment.
Lucky for the six authors of The Bowman’s Inn Book One Spring, we found an awesome party planner for four hours of fun on Facebook. Author Elf has an amazing variety of services to offer writers who are just starting out and need a little help with publicity. Lisa Kessler was our elf, and she made things sparkle! http://www.authorelf.com/menu-of-extra-services.html
We had a few bumps due to my lack of understanding which direction the earth is turning. I got the party times backwards, so at the last minute we changed the times and that worked out nicely. But don’t think those four hours were all fun and games! There was some sweat involved.
I set up my laptop next to my PC, and logged in once as DL Hungerford and once as Roxanna Haley. I attended the party as Roxanna, author of Another Shot in The Bowman’s Inn Book One Spring. I had a nice collection of cute animals in party hats to throw out, and lots of eye candy to share. Plus I was in charge of posting the excerpts we used to tempt folks into buying our book. Oddly enough, some people did not appreciate the tarantula or python in party hats. Go figure.
In four hours, we managed to give away lots of swell swag (tote bags, tank tops, gift cards, bar glasses) and get all six story excerpts up. All the authors managed to be there except for Louise Redmann. Louise is our only author in Switzerland, and like me, time zones are not her friend. She was seriously bummed when she realized she had missed it all.
The evil Lisa K. put each of us authors on the hot seat, and let the audience ask ANY QUESTION they wanted to ask of us. Most of the people there were cool, but some of our former best virtual friends got a bit cheeky. You can still read all the fun, it will be up forever, or as long as Facebook exists. https://www.facebook.com/events/1442272569407058/
We rocked the house for the whole night, ever our elf got distracted by all the eye candy, and we have sold a whopping 3 books since then! Okay, so the party wasn’t the stepping stone to instant fame that we thought it would be. But it was fun, and we’re looking forward to going again for the SUMMER book in July. It’s like a four hour orgy without the sex or condoms. And you can participate at home in your sweats. Sweet.
Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Sunday.