Write? Promote? Write? Promote?
Iâ€™m writing Book Two, but what should I do about Book One? Itâ€™s a quandary every writer faces, but I think I know the answer to this one â€¦
Sell, baby, sell!
Yup, thatâ€™s me. Kate the Promoter.
Okay, yes, Iâ€™m a little obsessed with promotion right now, but it happens to everyone, right? I’m determined to sell every book printed in order to trigger a second and third printing. Is that so wrong? I just wish I knew how many books my publisher is printing. Then I could really obsess.
But I donâ€™t know how many theyâ€™re printing and they wonâ€™t tell me, so Iâ€™m forced to play with imaginary numbers on the calculator. I carry my calculator around with me, just in case I get the urge to figure out something.
Thatâ€™s not weird, is it? No, itâ€™s fun. Obsession can be fun. Really. And then thereâ€™s bookmarks. I really want bookmarks. Iâ€™ve got postcards, but bookmarks can go anywhere. And Iâ€™ll need pens. And magnets.
I obsess over my calendar daily. When my book comes out, Iâ€™ll need to fill my calendar with lots of speaking engagements. Iâ€™ll need to schedule readings, and maybe go on a book tour and meet booksellers and lots of readers. I need to do a blog tour, and contests, and Iâ€™ve got to get lots of reviews, do radio interviews, go to every conference in the country.
My protagonist is female, so Iâ€™m hoping to speak to a lot of womenâ€™s groups. There are women at Rotary meetings, right? And lawyersâ€™ groups, legal secretary organizations, nursesâ€™ associations, librarians, teachers.
Oh, and my protagonist stops for coffee in chapter seven. I wonder if barristas have speakers at their meetings. Thereâ€™s a connection I could exploit. I wonder if they have a mailing list.
Maybe I need to take a nap.
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