Yes, it’s Wednesday. Again. I sure wish I could figure out where time goes. I mean…there’s 24 hours in a day, right? And considering I only sleep 4-6 hours, that leaves somewhere between 18-20 hours in which to be productive and get things done. Yet so often by the time I crawl into bed, my to-do list is longer than I started in the morning and while I know I’ve marked somethings off, it really seems I haven’t.
Which is a really weird segue into thoughts on marketing. Saturday’s program at OKRWA was presented by the really cool gals of Fresh Fiction, Gwen and Sarah Reyes. They were full of advice on how an author can get noticed, suggestions on ways to interact with readers, and stuff like that there. They said an author MUST HAVE a newsletter. Ouch. But they’re right, in a way. There are some review sites that won’t look at a book unless the author can prove up a following. How does one do that? A mailing list. Ugh, right? Yeah. My sentiments exactly. They don’t want the addresses, just the numbers, and proof that you contact that many. Don’t ask. So…in the New Year, I’ll be initiating a newsletter and
begging asking folks to sign up.
The other thing they suggested, and I think it’s kind of cool and am much less resistent to the idea, is author swag for fans to buy. Tee shirts. Tote bags. Pens. Mugs. Notebooks. Stuff. I’ll be revisiting this idea too, probably with a poll. But let’s do an informal poll here. What sort of author/book/series items would you be interested in? And who’s ready for the weekend?