I was talking with a friend the other day about the difficulties of publishing, and the point came up that, often, the people most inclined to write a book (i.e. people who are content to sit alone for hours on end) are also those least inclined to evangelize their own work. It makes marketing your novel a pain in the ass, because frankly all you want to do is sit down and keep writing, but instead you have to advertise, talk, Facebook, post, blog … all the things that it takes to get yourself noticed.
Probably the biggest frustration is that, after all that work, you might end up with nothing to show for it anyway. A handful of sales, a couple of reviews, and negligible exposure. After all, with all the books being published these days, how does one go about getting noticed?
Well, one of the things I've decided to do—inspired by my good writing friend, Nancy Chase—is start a newsletter going. Once a month I'll send out a very brief update on things in the world of Erâth, the road to publication, and any new offers or giveaways that might be going on. I've set up an account with MailChimp, and the first newsletter goes out on October 1.
To give you an incentive to sign up (other than just hearing wonderful words from me!), I'll also be hosting a giveaway: the first thirty subscribers to my newsletter will receive a free Kindle copy of The Redemption of Erâth: Consolation as a gift through Amazon. I'll be running this giveaway throughout the month of September, so you have plenty of time to sign up! The signup form can be found at the bottom of this page, and I'll be including a link in the sidebar of the website to make life easy.
So sign up now, get a free book, and keep up to date on all the goings-on in the world of Erâth!
Sign up here: http://eepurl.com/bxDBX1.