Sunday, August 3, 2008

Sunday, Sunday - A Peek At Promoting

Today's blog is a bit off the usual topic, but I figured, since I've been sitting back in my booth for a while being quiet, I wanted to give you a little oooomph for the time spent reading here.

Promotion is essential to every writer I know, published, about-to-be-published and unpublished. Say you're working on your first book and you're only three chapters in. You decide to enter a contest, and WHAM! you place, or better yet, win, and somebody wants to see the rest of your book. Of course, it's not done yet, but eventually it will be, and then there's a chance someone willl maybe want to buy it. Wouldn't that be great?

But what if you could start promoting your work now? Whether you're finished or not, whether you've been requested yet, whether you've placed or won in a contest or met an editor at a con who asked you to send her something. You WILL be published someday, and you should start thinking about promoting now.

There are thousands of articles online and in magazines about how to promote your work, but what you really need to start with is promoting YOU. That's one of the reasons we started this blog - to promote ourselves and our work - and to connect with people who are interested in what we have to say.

Well, I'm starting to become kind of knowledgeable about this whole promoting thing - and I'm hoping one of the things we can talk about each week is how to start getting your name out there, where editors and agents can see it, and readers and friends and fans and pretty much everybody. I'm hoping you'll want to hear more!

So for my blog this week, I'm asking - what do you want to know about promoting yourself, your work, your characters? On Sundays, I'd like to answer those questions, post suggestions, talk about things that have worked for people I know. If this would help you, let's hear it! Speak up and let me know!

And if you want to know what brought this on, Comic Con recently ended in California, and a friend or two of mine got some awesome news and made some serious announcements about projects they have upcoming from people like Dreamworks and Oni Press and Fox Television. So I thought maybe you guys could benefit from some of their work!

1 comment:

  1. "Promotion." That scary word ranks right up there with "deadline" for me. I've seen what others have done (book marks, post cards, newsletters, tchotchkes, web sites, blogs, workshops, etc.) I wish I knew what works and what doesn't. For me, I buy based on rave reviews and word of mouth. Ah, but how to get to that point. 'Tis the question.