Thursday, November 11, 2010
This is The Fun Part?
This doesn't happen often, but I'm here to admit I was wrong.
Over the years, as I plodded along the path to Publication, up and over Rejection Mountain, partied a while in Agent Valley when I got The Call, then picked up my walking stick again and made my way through thick forests filled with prickly Revision trees and Thanks but No Thanks bushes, I heard the whispers.
Every now and then, ever so faint, but they were there.
"You think this is tough? Just you wait."
Wait for what? Surely they were not talking about when I got published? No way. That destination is Party Central and I'm going sit pretty, put my feet up and sip champagne while the crowds flock to buy my new release.
I might have been a little deluded. Dehydration will do that to a body, or so I've heard.
So here I sit, a couple of weeks into the reality that I really have reached that magical dreamlike place called Publication, and yes, it is beautiful. And yes, I certainly could put my feet up and sip champagne all day. As tempting as that may be, I don't think it bodes well for my future career.
So I've begun to explore the options. There are many different towns and cities in this land. Marketing. Promotion. Blog Tours. How do I generate The Buzz? What is that anyway??
To be honest, I feel like I've woken up in a foreign land where I'm the only one who doesn't speak the language.
I'm beginning to think those whispering voices back there in the forest were on to something.
But, as determined as I was to reach Publication Land, I'm equally if not more determined to make this book as big a success as possible. Of course that little voice inside my head telling me everyone's gong to hate it needs to quit and move someplace else, but that's beside the point.
So if you're reading this, can you help me out? Join my Facebook Fan Page and invite your friends to join too. Visit my Website and tell others about it.
If you have a Blog and do book reviews or author interviews, I would love to be featured if you'll have me. If you have any other ideas or can share your promotional expertise with me, please do.
And yes, all this is very, very hard for me to ask. I'm generally quite reserved (seriously!). If you ever come to a book signing, I'll be the one in sunglasses hiding behind the potted plant.
But I figure, with a little help from my friends, I can do this.
What do you think?
Posted by Catherine West at 5:20 AM