Thursday, April 24, 2008

Promo & Signature Lines

So, I've been thinking about Promo and what I need to do to make my book successful. I've about decided that I know nothing about true promotion.

Sure I can blog about my book and send out emails with the title of my book and links to my publisher on them, but who really reads those signature lines?

I've seen several authors who use just their name and a link to their website and others who have pretty much every book they've sold to every publisher they've sold to along with release dates and a tagline and their website address...which is more effective?

I don't know, but I do know that I don't read every line of the latter ones. I've been told that 'backlist' is key...but if this is your first sale, you don't HAVE backlist.

Anyway, I'm kinda stuck in my current story, so I think I'm really just looking for excuses not to write...well, that and I need to come up with a really great blog for my day at the RomEroticaWriters blog (http://romeroticawriters.blogspot.com/) since that's "looming" on the horizon.

Speaking of signature lines - I have a website - check it out: www.kaceysmith.com (designed by my BFF) - I really hope you'll take a look at some of the photos there - I plan to use some of them in my promo (g).

In the meantime, I'll keep trying to write: Erotica that Fires the Imagination. I'll keep posting at RomEroticaWriters the 30th of every month. I'll update this blog as the occasion and/or my imagination warrants, and I'll continue writing.

Until next time...

Thank you for playing along...

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Editing and editors...

When writers put words to paper, we're all convinced that we're writing the best possible story we can. Then we sell it and get an editor who shows us (hopefully) how much BETTER the story can become.

A good editor will build you up while he/she's telling you what you're doing wrong in your story. A good editor will repeatedly tell you how much he/she LOVES your story.
A good editor will only make your story that much stronger and that much better for your readers.

I've truly been blessed with an amazing editor who pointed out my weaknesses in a way that didn't make me feel like a total dork. She also praised my story, my characters, and my voice. The best part for me were the little side comments that had absolutely nothing to do with editing, but were just snippets she threw in (i.e., "I adore her!" when speaking about my heroine).

Now that I've finished my edits, I realize what a difficult job she has - and how much I truly appreciate her. So, Thanks, LA - You're AWESOME!!

Thank you for playing along (in my fantasy world)...