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.
Hey Maureen! Ah, another demographic, and a good one. Cutlery groups, who meet regularly, I’m sure, would love to hear me speak! After that, the fork groups will undoubtedly demand my presence, followed by the spooners. Maybe I can get a gig at the utensil convention! Endless possibilities!
Ooh, what about the ladder contingent? I’ve gotta make a few calls…
on November 19, 2008
Cat groups! Marianne, you’re brilliant! Well, of course you are, sheesh. You genuine calculator-carrying math teacher, you.
We miss you. 🙂
on November 18, 2008
LOL, Marianne! spoken like a true math teacher!!
Oooh, maybe you could speak to cutlery businesses, too! There’s a lovely knife on your cover!!
I’m sooo excited for you, Kate! Can’t wait to buy, baby, buy!
on November 18, 2008
Kate, Kate! You forgot about cat groups!
And there is nothing wrong with carrying around a calculator!