10 Days to Publication
It’s a funny time, the period just before your first novel hits Amazon’s virtual shelves. You’ve blogged till the cows come home. You’ve done your share of social networking and built up strong followings on Twitter and Goodreads. You’ve joined in the chat on their forums and on World Literary Cafe.
Okay, I know I could have done a whole lot more. There have been no blog tours, no Q&A sessions, no giveaways. My epublisher isn’t a fan of Amazon KDP Select, so I’m not going down that route either. I’ve spent very little time on Facebook and Linkedin and I haven’t gone near Pinterest. If that means I deserve to fail, so be it. When you’re learning the tricks of the self-marketing trade, you have to prioritise. You can’t do everything.
Two fabulous blog hosts, Paul Dorset and Jenny Milchman, have offered me the chance to feature on their blogs. I hope others will be equally helpful. I’ve arranged for some publicity in the Mensa magazine and am contacting local newspapers in Scotland and North Carolina, where a big chunk of The Girl with the Haunting Smile is set.
What more can I do at this stage? Any ideas will be gratefully received.