Category Archives: Book Promotion
Tomorrow is the first day of spring and that damn groundhog has some serious explaining to do. After a week of wonderfully warm weather we get hit again with freezing temperatures. I have a mountain of gardening catalogs sitting in my office and my desk at work and I can’t do a thing with them. Well that’s not entirely so, I can order what I need although the seeds will sit around the house for awhile.
Was a bit bummed today. I’m officially on spring break from school so I am finding myself without activities for the first time. I just bought one of those stand-up freezers a few weeks ago and have filled it with all kinds of goodies so grocery shopping is no longer a worry, although I wonder what we would do if the power went out. But after Big Brother and I watched about twenty episodes of Fairy Tail, I felt a bit better.
So if you happened to stop by my Facebook page and looked at my Twitter, I mentioned something that’s kind of been discouraging me lately. Now don’t get me wrong. I give all the authors who obtained representation this way a big Boo-Yah! For those of you who happen to be visiting here and may not have seen it, I spoke of what seems to be a new and rising trend, Twitter pitch contests. I’ve spoken of this in a previous musings from 2/15/15 – wow, a little over a year later Writing the way I see it: Changes in the Industry.
I recently was looking on Query Tracker, and checking to see if there were any new comments when I came upon one where the author had happily announced she’d taken part in a Twitter pitch contest last week and got a full request the next day! Again, I say Boo-yah. But on the other hand I sent a query letter to that same agent back in January and haven’t heard a thing yet. I’ve also seen pitch contest requests get offered representation a few days after the initial request. How do agents go through a full manuscript so fast?
But as to what I printed exactly on Facebook it was:
Maybe I shouldn’t say this but sometimes it’s very discouraging when you take months or even years to perfect your query letter as many an agent and editor has instructed, only to read that someone got a full request at one of those Twitter Pitch Contests on the same day. Meanwhile I and others like me have to wait months or years before we hear any word, if ever. Should we even bother with query letters anymore? I tried a Twitter Pitch contest once and all I got was my work dissed (no, not a critique) by an “author” who didn’t even have anything published or even a web presence as far as I could see. And when I complained to the people that ran it, no response. To add injury to insult, my comments on that person’s novel idea never appeared.
So is the query letter soon to go the way of cassette tapes and floppy disks? Sorry I can’t think of any appropriate examples. Oh wait – the way of publishers who actually accepted unsolicited manuscripts? So are we now all going to have to learn to tout our books in 140 characters or less? Maybe I’m over-thinking it as usual but still – sometimes I feel like the query is being kicked to the curb. And I still have no desire to pare down a 95,000 word book into two sentences.
Boo-Yah! Soul Fires is now available for purchase at Liquid Silver Books! So show some love and stop by the Liquid Silver Books* site and order your copy today! And stick with me until this weekend and I’ll have a nice contest set up! It’s been a awhile since I’ve hit the virtual shelves and I am so proud of this work! I know you will enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it! And as always feel free to drop me an email and tell me what you thought! Peace~
Author C.J. Black
Series Soul Fires
Book # 1
Genre GLBT, M/M, Paranormal, Contemporary, Demons, Ghosts, Spirits, Hauntings, Incubi
Heat Level 3
Content Notes Spicy, Anal Play, Anal Intercourse
Publication Date 12/21/2015
A missing journal, a thief in the night, unbridled passion between two men with ethereal powers that sets their souls on fire … C.J. Black is pleased to present Book 1 of her paranormal romance series Soul Fires. Myles Bryce and Demetrius Jordan live in a world where things really do go bump in the night. Together, they’ll have to find a way to stop the evil stalking them. Hot, sexy, and filled with all manner of paranormal beings, you’ll love Soul Fires!
*And while you’re visiting check out my previous works. Catch yourself up for the next installment!
Actually, it can be any number of things and programs giving a variety of information. But I want to discuss book widgets. Somewhat like the book trailer a book widget lets you have a sneak peek at a variety of books. Scroll down a little further and you’ll see the one I’ve placed on my blog. With the use of our wonderful modern tech, a widget will scroll through a pre-selected number of offerings in the same genre or at times under a certain subject, like best-sellers or new authors. Pick out the widget that best suits you and/or your genre. It doesn’t take too much research and just a simple Google will provide you with various offerings.
Promoting your book is a must but giving your readers other choices can also be good for you as well. You’re giving your readers a service by providing them with a variety of reading choices to peruse and who knows, maybe they’ll remember where the recommendation came from and suggest your site to others and that can only draw other readers to you in the long run as well as authors in your genre who are as interested as you are in commiserating with other authors. And there are a lot of us out here.
Some of the larger publishing houses have widgets for their own authors for example:
HarperCollins had their Browse Inside widgets. So far, they only seem to be for a certain book and not for a variety of books like others. I’ll look into this service every so often to see if it changes and give an update if it does. Here’s an example of two just at random:
So if you’re lucky enough to be with these two publishers here is another way you can promote or have your friends place this on their blogs or sites.
I’m always pleased when I discover little extras in my research. There’s a site I came upon called Adaptive Blue which features a nice little mechanism where you can customize widgets of your own for various sites. I tried it out myself and this is what I came up with. So why not hop on over and take a look?
And a second place I came across. I need to do a little more research into this one but it’s called KickApps, where you can also make your own widgets.
So if you know of other places that are good for getting widgets feel free to comment.
*By the way, I’m purposely saving services like Amazon and Google for later because I’ll be looking into those myself and want to do some further research.