Should be a simple question, right? But it’s not. At least not that I can see.
I have five books sitting out there on the shelf. Okay, only one and that’s only if Books-a-million or Walmart forgot to pick up all the October releases. But they’re out there, you know? You can get them on amazon.com or Harlequin.com. Used copies abound and there’s always that little thing called an ebook. Yeah, they’re on kindle, nook and other ereaders. So the big question is – how do I go from obscure to…okay, not famous…but noted?
I’d really, really like to know.
Because here’s the deal-e-o. I tweet, I facebook, I visit forums, and I blog with three group blogs. I give away prizes, do guest blogs, and will gladly participate in booksignings or speaking engagements. So, I’m out there, but is that enough? Is it ever enough? Do I have enough followers, enough readers to make an impact? Who knows?
I certainly don’t.
It’s all rather confusing. I wonder constantly should I advertise? Do my own blog on my website? Give more stuff away?
And then I really think about it, and I have to say that though I like being very accessible to readers and other writers, my main job is to write a good book. That’s what everyone says, but I don’t think that’s altogether true these days. Plenty of good books getting no love, and plenty of horribly written ones getting lots of love. So I’m thinking that social networking (like exactly what I’m doing right here, right now) is pretty important. Writing a good book? Yeah. Kinda required. Putting yourself out there? Also kinda required. So I wonder, what make YOU buy a book?
Recommendations? Reviews? Advertisements on websites? Features on certain sites (like the power of those Smart Bitches?) Promo items? Cost? Best seller lists? The book plastered all over creation (yeah, I put mine up there…maybe you’ll buy it. Maybe you’ll wonder why my hero’s hair looks sorta blue. )
I’ve been tap dancing for too long, friends, and my shoes are getting a bit worn. I really would like to see what you think. So, leave a response and tell me what influences you the most when buying a book, and I will pick a lucky winner at the end of the day, and send her/him any book from my backlist, a precious Christmas bookmark, and a giftcard to, say, Starbucks or B&N.