Blog Tour is coming up in December and I’m so excited. To celebrate I’m having a giveaway each week of December. I didn’t do this alone, besides my co-authors there was the team at J. Taylor Publishing. They have a system–very professional and very simple. And after One More Day, I know what is expected of me as an author.
I’m grateful. I’m shy by nature and each stage was a challenge for me. Mostly, I was afraid. I didn’t want to let anyone down.
First thing was keeping my trap shut about signing the contract. JTP wanted to build the excitement, so I had to wait for the press release. My parents were ready to shout it from the rooftops and I should have let them when the time came. But image was everything to me, I didn’t want to come across as an egomaniac.
Then the cover reveal came along. As you know, I needed to ask as many bloggers as possible if they would help spread the word and post the reveal. Strange, I felt awkward, and I did ask some. I didn’t want to come across as a bragger. Lucky for me J. Taylor Publishing also has a long list of bloggers. I still held back, but not as much as I did with the press release.
Next time I’m compiling a list and asking everyone on it. I would and do post for any one of my friends. I don’t think twice about it. Being on the other side of the coin was an eye opener and I’m more gracious with requests now that I understand what it means. What it feels like.
Next time I’m asking. Like I said I’ve learned a lot.
Posting an excerpt and digital tchotchke was also an eye opener. I had a contest and will have others in December to help promote our anthology. I think I’m finally catching on. Writing is something I know. I sought out the information I needed to improve and over time I did get better.
Promoting, networking, and blogging are the same. I’m going to make an effort to keep on learning how it’s done. Some blogs I visit make me feel like I’ve been transported to another place. I’d like to do the same for my visitors, and when some people tweet, its like I’m sitting with them over a cup of coffee. I want to be able to do that.
What do you do to improve your blogging? You’re promoting? Shout it out. I would love to read all about it.