So obviously I am happy to tell anyone who is interested that I have a new novel out. I’m an author, and this is what we do once edits are done, cover is done and the thing is finally published. I left out the part about finding a publisher who will accept a synopsis and first three chapters and get back to you in less than three months. Six months. A year. Anyhoo.
It is 1135, and everything Gwynneth and Richard thought they wanted is put to the crucible.
Gwynneth’s innocent desire to spy on her secret love, brother to the man her father says she will wed, spirals out of control when Richard captures her.
All Richard wanted was a quick tryst with a Wood Nymph. He never imagined he would be forced into a marriage. Everything goes wrong, starting with his plans to avenge the deaths of his father and uncle, not to mention that his brother had planned to wed Gwynneth. A powerful baron from the north claims he has a signed betrothal contract between his son and Lady Gwynneth, which the baron intends to enforce. Then there is the matter of his new father-in-law and his unceasing efforts to end Richard’s life. The only good to come from the marriage, Richard finally realizes, is Gwynneth. Then she’s taken from him.
Richard’s journey begins to reclaim his wife. For love of Gwynneth.
I hope you will find the blurb and cover interesting enough to take a closer look, decide you want to read this, and then buy it. You will love it and write a great review. Remember, I’m an author and this is how we think.
My book was released Monday on Amazon, and Tuesday on Barnes&Noble. I am only getting to this post today because I have a life when I’m not writing. As do all other authors. We all scramble to find time to write, then find a publisher, or more often nowadays, self-publish. Editing can be brutal and will hurt your head.
Then we have to promote our work! Sheesh! Of course, ten million other authors are promoting their work as well. We have to be careful not to annoy people with our promotion, but we have to be proactive in letting people know that, Hey! I have a new book out! If you liked my other work, you might like this!
Unfortunately, we can’t do this one time only. Some people-Gasp!-don’t go online but once a week. Some people might belong to all the different groups I belong to and visit daily. So when I post about my new release, they may see the same promotion fifty million times. Or they may see it one time if they happen to be reading the loop news that day, and in the two hour time frame it remains visible.
It is a delicate balance of READ ME and please read me. Each author has their own idea of what works and what doesn’t. And I think it’s safe to say no author likes doing this. We’re generally introverts. We listen and observe. Putting ourselves out there, as well as our baby isn’t fun. Well, maybe the first week it is, but we would rather be writing.
This is how I feel, but I’m curious about how others feel. Authors, how do you like promoting?
Readers, how do you feel about authors and their promotions?