One of my goals–and I don’t know how realistic it is as I’m in the writing phase that is best known as “despair” right now–is to make my second book better than my first one.
But this is a year when I’m going to see words that I have written first hit print.Â And that means that not only do I need to write, I need to think about promotion.Â I need to think about updates to my website, guest blogging, bookmarks, giveaways, newsletters, and book trailers.Â In some small part, I look at these things–and some of the associated expenses and I cringe.Â One question I ask myself is, is all this really worth it?Â Everyone is making book trailers, and yet even the most-played trailers have youtube hit counts in the low hundreds.Â Nothing that I can do stands out.Â Funny book trailers have been done.Â Live-action book trailers have been done.Â Rap book trailers have been done, and besides, my book is set in the early Victorian era and I’d hate to get everyone’s panties in an anachronistic twirl before my book comes out.
Then there’s the website.Â If you build it, they will come.Â If you want them to come more than once, you have to update it.Â Not just once, but regularly.Â Of course, every author now knows you have to update your website monthly, and so we’re all fighting amongst ourselves for that rare spot, where we are the ones that readers choose to visit.
So here’s one unrealistic goal for the year:Â I want to do things that have never been done before–at least as far as romance novel promotion goes.Â And I want to do it in a way that leaves me plenty of time to do what’s most important:Â writing the best books that I can.
And the good news is, I’m going to be unveiling Part One of Courtney’s evil master plan soon.Â Very soon.Â Any guesses as to what it might be?Â And what would you want to see a romance author doing?