How to promote oneself without ticking people off with excessive crap that you yourself get ticked off with other authors about?!!
I blog; I tweet. I have a facebook page, and my website is undergoing a renovation to be more 'kid friendly' in time for either my COVER REVEAL (WHEE) *or* 1.1.2011, whichever I decide it to be. I do guest posts, I do school talks, I'll have swag. I'm networking but only under my rules: no fake 'friends' just to have posts, no connections that I wouldn't also want if I didn't have a book coming out. Not being fake. I hates it, preshus.
In short, I'm doing everything that they tell you to do when you've got a book coming out.
But here is my most important question for you all out there:
What is the piece that makes an author stick out from the crowd for you?
In a GOOD way?
I know reviews are important. (I've got those lined up). I know bookstore support is SO important (and I'm working on something to do with that, it just takes time...because NO FAKERY, you know?)
What's made you buy a book lately? Say your last couple or so?
Here are mine:
The Sea of Trolls (Trilogy): A Northman's MG fantasy. Heard about it from friends.
The Whale Road (Trilogy): Stumbled across it on Amazon, and read the guy's blog. He seems a keeper so ... ordered.
Of course there is one that is an automatic buy as soon as it comes out on the 24th: Mockingjay.
For me, most of that is word of mouth in some way. But all my big buddies are writers; I'd hear about a good book from four or five different people.
What about those folks that don't haunt Twitter or Blogs, just nice regular mums and dads and kids that don't live in front of their computers and want to read about an ADORABLE POSSUM and a choice that might kill?
THAT'S what I'm struggling with right now. Any ideas you have (or thoughts, I know a lot of you are mums and dads!) would be so highly welcome! What do you like? Not like? How do you discover new books?