The Art of Self-Promotion?

Sleepless nights are ahead for me, guys.  I am slowly making my way through the Writer’s Market guide I picked up from the library, and if anything is panic inducing, it is this book.  I finally made it to the D’s in the agent section!  And I still have 3/4 of the book left to go, including every single publisher.  Wah, wah, wah.  The sheer number of options is both startling and overwhelming, and yet I know for a fact that this industry is incredibly difficult to break into.

It seems like the most important thing to do is to establish a base of readership.  However, if you can’t get published, that seems like a difficult thing to do.  Now, I have been published once, so I have hope that there will be more opportunities, but it seems to me that a big piece of this process is just getting your name out there.  The general suggestion seems to be anywhere from 15,000 to 25,000 regular readers.  If you want the big 6-figure book deals, you are looking at 100,000 or more.  Obviously, I have my work cut out for me.

So, what’s a girl to do?

Knowledge is power, right?  So, now that I know that this seems to be the magic formula I have been considering ways to grow my so-called “fan base” (I feel totally awkward using that phrase, but I suppose that is what it would be).  One option I have right now, since I have a short story in Threads: A NeoVerse Anthology, is that I can do a book signing.

Gasp!  What?!  This was very near my exact reaction when the good people at the Whitman County Library suggested that I do just that.  My brain still can’t wrap itself around the idea.  However, it looks like it is a thing that is going to happen.  On December 1st, I will be hanging out with Santa and signing books at the Event Center next to the library in Colfax, WA.  So, if you live in the Palouse area, or Eastern Washington in general, you should totally come and talk to me.  Heck, if you live in Idaho you might consider a jaunt over.  I would really love to see what people think of the story.

I might even be selling books.  So, if you don’t already have a physical copy, you can pick one up from me.  I cannot describe to you the level of excitement and anxiety that I am faced with at this thought.  I am even thinking about printing out bookmarks with my picture and website information on it for the occasion.

This may sound incoherent to you.  Why be anxious at all?  Why not accept the awesome and go with it?  Honestly?  I think I am incapable of not seeing this all as incredibly surreal and just a tad egotistical.  Keep in mind, I have had very minor success.  What is going to happen if I actually get the full book with Theodore Erickson published?  We will cross that bridge when/if we get there, but just this little taste has left me wanting so much more.

Onwards and Upwards

So, that’s the latest.  I am going to do a book signing.  Until then, I will continue to research where I can send the Theodore Erickson book (amongst the other books I have written), hopefully actually send it off to someone and maybe look for another contest or two to enter while I wait anxiously for a response.

As more things become solid in the book signing, I will talk more about it, but I couldn’t keep quiet until I knew all the details.  Impatience will be the end of me.

Until next time, keep reading!

 

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