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Tuesday, March 29th 2011

3:13 PM

To discount or not to discount!

When I ventured into this project, I didn't think about everything that goes into actually getting my book into the hands of readers.  I did the hard part...writing the book...right?  Wrong!  I know...I have said that before, but as I prepare for 3 upcoming book festivals, I am reminded of how much work marketing truly involves.  Do I discount or not discount the book?  How do I offer a discount?  Maybe a giveaway?  Hmm...

So what have I learned lately?  I found some amazing new authors on Goodreads.  I learned how supportive members of the Goodread's community can be and how they help with promotion ideas and tasks like tagging my book on Amazon.  I rediscovered how much I enjoy creating things, business cards, bookmarks, postcards...I learned that basic scene development for my books tend to draw on experience or research with colorful sprinkles of my imagination.  But the most important thing I have learned is how supportive and tolerant my family has been over the past couple of years of this project.  Every day I hope and pray that all of their sacrifices will be worth it in the end!

I would love for anyone living near Houston to stop by and visit me this Saturday at Menil Lawn near the Menil Collection Bookstore and the University of St. Thomas.  I will be exhibiting Shadows of Destiny at table 17.


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