I was feeling all on top of things with the book, and then real life hit me!
With the new date for Dream in Color, it occured to me Saturday, during a WisRWA meeting, that I haven't done much in the way of actual Marketing for the book. Sure, I get on Bob and Brian every couple of weeks to plug the book and sure, I have two blogs and a very active life on Facebook. Oh, and I have promises from my favorite Starbucks, the Gelato place downtown, and another author friend of mine to hold book signings for me once Drean is out. But I haven't done all that other stuff other authors have done, and suddenly, with 8 weeks to go, I'm starting to feel the pressure BIG TIME!
First off, I haven't had book marks printed. Book marks are THE marketing tool for writers...I always thought they were silly, but the writers at the meeting all looked at me as if to say, "YOU MEAN YOU HAVEN'T GOTTEN YOUR BOOKMARKS YET?"
Well, looking back it seemed silly to, given the number of times my release date has been changed, ahem.
But a website. I've been told I need one. I never understood why until this very moment and now I'm in a panic. My unpublished friends all have web sites and I always felt it was sort of silly to have a website. After all, I have two blogs and a very active life on Facebook. Why one EARTH would anyone want to find another place dedicated to ME?
I've been told that I can get a website built for as little as $350...to quote my favorite heroine, Scarlet O'Hara, "It may as well be three million." I have a hard time justifying the cost given that unemployment for hubby is going to barely cover FOOD. (He needs a job...please hire him! LOL!)
So, I'm thinking I like my friend Elliott's idea of taking donations through paypal. Elliott, care to let me in on how you did that? LOL!
My friends, don't think of this as a plea for cash. Think of it as a donation to the arts! LOL!
Okay, okay, I'm off to get some bookmarks printed...