A month or so ago I began yet another blog, The Shadow Warriors
to promote well, actually, The Shadow Warriors Kindle Version in the U.S. and the U.K. So far modest sales, but even more modest hits on the blog. I beefed up the tags yet again, and waited. Bought Joe Konrath's book for my Kindle and read his and Barry Eisler's long post about epublishing, but hey, it's hard for someone without a name to get noticed. It seemed like whenever I did PR "stuff," blogging, Facebook, the gazillion listservs, that someone would buy the book. It was like one copy per post. Not exactly sales to gladden the writer's heart.
I hate this business of self-promotion, and pretty much suck at it besides. This week has been particularly daunting with lots of posts here and there, with maybe just a short tagline about my book and no response. Nada. Like everyone has seen through the ruse and sneered. Feeling like the you-know-what in the punchbowl.
Until this morning. I Googled myself (I know, hang head in shame) to pick up any chatter and found mentions of moi on the website of the German University where The Shadow Warriors is set, and also some weird site in Asia showing the Shadow Warriors Kindle along with other technical books. Of course, no one in in Asia or Germany can order the Kindle version, and I have to figure out if Amazon ever puts English books such as mine on foreign websites. This certainly would be great in Germany, where this is practically an Historical Novel by now. So these tags do help, and of course the book is available in paperback, but foreign shipping is prohibitive.
The blog? I'll keep plugging away. You never know what will happen, maybe even something good. The BSP? Oh, by the way, that stands for Blatant Self-Promotion. My mother always cautioned me about being "too forward." It was unladylike and people would talk. Of course self-promotion is all about people talking, even in a not very nice way, so "too forward" is the way to go.
I'm still querying agents: 10 queries last week. Big time-suck. Must be as bad at querying as as BSP.
I'm going to stomp up to the kitchen and make a cardamon crumb cake, since cooking is part of my skill set.
Let them eat cake Cardamon Crumb Cake
|Food and Wine Photo of Cardamon Cake-see link to recipe|
Have cookies and banana bread in the freezer for next week's guests. I never corner guests and offer to "read" a few pages to them. No. No. Never read anything except when asked. That's self-promotion, not blatant.
How about you? Are you at ease promoting yourself? Can you schmooze and booze and not make everyone snooze? I hope so. It's an art.