That my blog now looks pretty spiffy!!
It's all thanks to Yvonne at Pear Creative.
She's also the genius behind my book cover and trailer. If you're looking for brilliance, efficiency and a great team to work with, she's your gal! She gently pointed out that my poor blog
was in need of an upgrade - except she didn't exactly say it that way.
So anyway, here we are!
Just a few weeks away now from my release, and I have to say I feel pretty good. I am still working on some interviews that need to be in for around that time, but aside from hiring the Goodyear Blimp (now there's an idea), I think I'm doing pretty much everything I can to make sure my launch is a success.
My friendKatie talked about this the other day. Jody Hedlund has also had some great discussions on all the pros and cons of putting yourself out there to promote your book, social networking and the like.
How much should you be doing to promote yourself? How much money should you spend? Where's the line between healthy advertising and being downright obnoxious?
These are choppy waters indeed. Sometimes I wonder if people are already sick of hearing about Yesterday's Tomorrow. Have I done too much too soon or am I on the right track?
I'm not sure we can lose sleep over such matters. The truth is, only time will tell.
And more importantly, the book will speak for itself.
I can spend thousand of dollars promoting a garbage can if I want to, but at the end of the day, it's still just a garbage can. Nothing really special about it.
So until the book's release, all it is right now is anticipation. Not that that is a bad thing, but for me, it's more than a little nerve wracking.
My first reader comments have been positive, but once it hits the big bad world, I dunno.
I'm hoping for the best. Am I preparing for the worst? Probably not. Do I need to? I'm not sure.
There will be bad reviews. That's a given. Oprah probably won't call. That's a given too.
So how do we find the middle ground in the frenzy of a new release and wanting it to do well? Because I do want it to do well. I have a publisher and an agent who have taken a risk on me. I want them to breathe easy in knowing they did the right thing.
I'm asking a lot of questions here. I'm not sure there are any right answers, but for you, if you've released a book, how did you handle it all? And if you're still dreaming about it, how do you think you'll handle it?