It’s been a while since I’ve blogged or done much of anything on this site. I’ve been on a long sabbatical from writing, and sometime maybe I will post a blog about it and list all my excuses for taking a break, but for now I want to tell you about an exciting promotion coming later this week for The Believer.
Marketing and promotions has never been my forte, and most of my writer friends don’t like it any more than I do, but it’s something that has to be done.
Actually, just to follow a rabbit trail for a bit, I do have one writer friend who absolutely loves promoting and marketing. He wrote one book, then spent 4 years marketing it. He launched Twitter campaigns and did Facebook stuff. He went on books tours and even landed a TV spot. He always carried a copy with him and he would tell everyone we met, even the waitress serving our lunch when we met at a restaurant. It got a bit embarrassing, actually.
About the same time he finished his book, I finished mine. But I stuck mine in a drawer (okay, a virtual drawer), and then immediately started writing another, never giving marketing a thought. And then I wrote another. I’ve finished 7 novels and Kevin still hasn’t written his second. But then he’s probably made a lot more money then I have.
I don’t even have a Twitter account. Not sure I want one, either, but Kevin keeps telling me how absolutely important and vital to my future it is to get one.
Well, enough of that rabbit trail. I just wanted to let you know I’ve engaged the services of a nice marketing outfit going by the name of Bargain Booksy. Maybe you’ve heard of them. They email a newsletter to a big list of subscribers every day in which they feature novels. When subscribers sign-up they pick the genre’s they want to see, so the newsletter they get will only have books they might be interested in.
I’ve dropped the price of The Believer and The Good Atheist to 99 cents, and The Believer will be featured in the April 8th Bargain Booksy newsletter. The newsletter has a picture of the cover, a small blurb about the book and link to Amazon where you can buy it (or Kobo, the Nook or Apple).