Welcome to October's Insecure Writer's Support Group, hosted by Alex Cavanaugh. Join us HERE.
This month's question:
When do you know your story is ready?
My answer is simple: WHEN MY EDITOR FINISHES!
I've worked with the same bomdiggity editor--Jessica Royer Ocken--for all seven of my novels, and I absolutely trust her ability to polish the manuscript. Then my amazing book designer, Coreen Montagna, swoops in to make it pretty.
I'm lucky I met Jessica and Coreen, along with my astute critique partner, Nicki Elson, through my publisher. Now that I self-publish, I feel so grateful for the team that readies my story for publication.
I manage to publish one book a year, and 2016's book launch (Spiked) happened October 1st. Once your story is ready to be published, how do you market your novel? I'll share a couple of strategies I've tried.
Facebook Party. My zesty marketing assistant Mitsy Princell convinced me to host an all-day Facebook release party with over twenty author takeovers. Twelve hours later, with eyes glazed over and butt-cheek imprints on my sofa, I emerged scathed from the experience. But I so appreciate all the support from my fellow insecure writers! And the readers are way awesome, too.
Blogs and Goodreads. I hired a company (Raven Publicity) to run a cover reveal and ARC distribution to bloggers. Seems like book blogs are not as involved as in the past, but Create Space shares some tips for working with book bloggers. I'm gifting review copies at Goodreads' New Adult Book Club and hosting two Goodreads giveaways.
Ads. Last year I landed a Book Bub ad that was successful, but this year's Riffle ad didn't seem to help sales.
Giveaways. I'm also hosting a $25 Amazon gift card giveaway (feel free to enter HERE.)
What marketing strategies work best for you?