Monday, July 14, 2014

Getting Busy with Promotion (or at least TRYING)

I’m getting ready for my next convention, which is Dragon*Con. No, I’m not going to be on any panels (I did request to be a guest and was graciously turned down), but they do have an area where people place their promotional stuff.

I was going to put some postcards of My Sunny Vampire on this table, but now I have two books (yay!), which meant making a decision. Should I create a postcard for Bite Me, I’m Yours OR should I create a postcard that has both books on it? After careful deliberation (and some much welcome feedback), I went with a postcard featuring both books. I contacted Maria Zannini (of Book Cover Diva) for some help and she came up with something my brain never would have dreamed about! What do you think of this postcard?

Front of postcard showing My Sunny Vampire and Bite Me, I'm Yours
This is the front!

Back of postcard
This is the back!

I think it will be eye-catching and hopefully will generate some interest in my books. Not that a lot of Dragon*Con fans are romance readers, but hey, some are! Like me!

The Fussy Librarian Logo
Do any of you have problems finding stuff to read? Well, there are a couple of FREE ways you can find books to your liking. One is The Fussy Librarian. Just sign up for their daily newsletter, let them know the types of books you’re interested in, and each day you’ll receive a different list of books to your liking. I signed up because I planned on advertising and wanted to see what I would be getting for my six bucks. They only list books that have gotten good reviews, so if you request to advertise and your book doesn’t pass the test, you get your money back. Mine passed the test, and I was included in the July 6 newsletter, but alas, no sales. I’ll give it another try with my next book (or if My Sunny Vampire goes on sale). I have noticed some books that look interesting, but I really MUST stop buying! At least until I’ve dwindled down my stack of books to read.

Novel Engagement App Logo
Another other free way to find books is through the Novel Engagement app. Novel Engagement is a book discovery app, focused exclusively on romance novels, that helps readers discover new romance novels and connect with authors. You can download the following apps:

Eventually, their website will also feature this app (or whatever). I’m looking forward to that coming up so I can see what it looks like since I do not have a smart phone…yet.

But that may happen sooner than later. You see… My husband brought home an iPhone 4 so I can get used to using one. I only have myself to blame for this. I mentioned that I just MIGHT have to break down and get one, especially since they come in handy at conventions (using their apps to keep track of the panels) and I’d be able to communicate online easier (i.e. e-mail and Facebook) while away from my computer.

Hubby told me to get our daughter to help me load apps on the phone (which is only set up for wi-fi at the time, I will not upgrade my phone just yet). I called him a chicken, because he knows how much I just LOVE change! Hahaha! Yeah, that’s sarcasm there. He didn’t disagree.

So… How do you find books to read? Do you peruse bookstores (online or physical) or rely on word of mouth only?
Have a great Monday (if it's possible!)



JeffO said...

Great looking postcard, Stacy--I hope it helps bring you readers.

Most new books I hear about via word of mouth, I suppose, just from the general buzz around places like this (does that constitute word of mouth? I'm not sure).

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jeff - Are you saying blog tours help (where the blogger is featuring a book, but hasn't necessarily read it), or are you saying you're more apt to read a book if the blogger has actually READ it and raves about it? I'm more of the latter and I wonder if I'm in the majority or not.

The Happy Whisk said...

I cannot read the back from where I am reading you, right now. But the front looks good.

I am a bookshoppe junkie, all the way. That, and I have a killer book shelf at home.

You have a great week.

The Happy Whisk said...

I cannot read the back from where I am reading you, right now. But the front looks good.

I am a bookshoppe junkie, all the way. That, and I have a killer book shelf at home.

You have a great week.

Maria Zannini said...

I'm so glad you were pleased. :)

Re: finding books
This is a blog topic I'm touching on next week.

Lately, I get most of my recs from book bloggers, Amazon, and Book Bub.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Ivy - Not sure what device you're reading this from, but on a computer you can click on the picture and it will enlarge. As for killer bookshelves -- I have way more than just ONE! Haha!! :)

Maria - I was MORE than pleased. Thank YOU!! I look forward to your return to blogging.

Bonnie Gill said...

The postcard is great. I love it.
I find my reads off of blogs mostly. They tend to write the best reviews. Also there is feedback from the blog readers on there.
Thanks for the info on the app and the other website. I'll check into it.

Jennette Marie Powell said...

Your postcards look great! Good luck at Dragoncon. I keep my TBR pile full just from books by author friends and authors I take workshops from or whose blogs I read. I'll be interested to see how Novel Engagement works for both the readers and authors who use it.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Bonnie - As a reader, I never knew about review sites. Although, I'm also thinking that maybe they're fairly new, too! Now I just don't have the time to check them all out!

Jennette - I'm hoping Novel Engagement works out well. I'd like to think I'll at least get my money back. We'll see!

Jemi Fraser said...

The postcard is awesome! Good luck at the convention!

I'm with you on the TBR pile. My Kindle should weigh a ton or 2!!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jemi - My nook isn't that bad...yet.

The Happy Whisk said...

I was on our Nook and it was running SLLLOOOOOOOOOW. So no clicks to enlarge allowed at the time.

The Happy Whisk said...

PS: Yes, we have more than one as well. But you get the idea. I have nice collection that I reference, read and learn from.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Ivy - I understand SLLLOOOOOOOOW. That's my laptop EVERYDAY! :)