I wasn't sure what to write about this month until I was on one of those dreadful sharing sites and left a comment concerning a book of mine that was listed on their 'please find for me' thread. I left a polite response, asking that my books not be shared. The next day, there was a comment which surprised me, and made me think. It was something like this, 'I don't know who you are, never read your books, so you either don't do much promoting or you're a lousy writer.'
At first, I just blinked and thought, what an idiot. I didn't respond and I have no plans to go back to their site. I mean, why would I?
I have been thinking about that comment, though. Honestly, I'm glad they don't recognize me or know who I am. That can't be a bad thing. Or can it?
I do promote. I don't spend as many hours as some authors do, but I do my best. I post here. I have my own blog I try to post on at least a couple of times a week. I post on a few of the Yahoo groups, have a newsletter, Twitter, Facebook and several other promotional venues I struggle to keep up with. I do mean struggle here.
I'm not by nature a social butterfly type. I'm much more comfortable in my little corner of the universe typing away, creating stories or working in my garden or feeding the deer.I know many authors who feel the same. Some, like me, do the best they can, attend chats at the various groups, post blurbs and such to a myriad of Yahoo groups and other networking sites. It takes up hours of time we could spend writing.
How much time is enough for promoting? When should an author turn that PR switch off and get back to the actual job of creating the next book? What social network device works? How much should we spend on promoting? There are dozens, probably hundreds of sites where we could buy time/space and get our names out there. But, putting together promotional blurbs also takes time.
I know a website is pretty much mandatory. I have one. I adore my site and work very hard to keep it up to date, adding new book covers, mini blurbs and such to it whenever I can. Usually, this happens four or five times a month, if not more. I put out a newsletter, have a slowly growing list of people signing up for it, and do add personal bits and pieces to that.
I guess my question for anyone who sees this is, how much time should an author spend promoting, trying to get their name out there and/or flog their newest/up and coming/older books? I'd really love to hear from both authors and readers.
And, if you do want to take a peak at my work on Total E-Bound, that would be wonderful. Here's the link to my page there:
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