May 20, 2013
Years ago, back before publishing was even on my mind, I decided to take a risk. I was going to tell people about the book I was working on in my spare time. (This was an early version of The Fairy Tale Trap. The working title was Roses and Mirrors.)
I had told another writer in my town about my book. She was so excited for me, she said she would introduce me to her group of friends and then I could tell them about it. They were a slightly older demographic, but I was determined to connect with them and be brave and talk about my book, darn it!
So I sit down with this group and I'm nervous as anything. They welcome me and those polite, awkward phrases are exchanged. My friend brings up the fact that I'm a writer. I take a deep breath. Okay, so here it goes.
This lady to my left smiles like the polite southern woman she is. "Oh, what do you write, Emily?"
I know this! I can answer this question. "Young adult fantasy."
This woman looks at me with both eyebrows raised. Her mouth is open slightly, like she's about to say something, but she can't quite put the words together. I wait.
"You mean, like... pornography?"
My friend and I try to explain (quickly) that it's more like The Chronicles of Narmia or The Hobbit or any other safe, wholesome literature.
After the woman was put at ease, I made my getaway as quickly as possible. Never again, I said.
Obviously, I gathered the courage to do it again, but guys? It's hard to talk about my books to other people. It's so much easier for me to rave about some other book I picked up at the bookstore or the library. Mine? Well, I can tell you it's not porn. You may like it. But, you know, it's not for everyone...
Sometimes I'm forced to talk about my books. I do the best I can in those situations, but after those conversations are over, I look back and cringe. Why did I talk about my own work like that? She said she actually liked it, so why would I put it down? What does she think now?
Because when it comes to my books, I'm a bumbling, socially awkward mess.
That's why I rely on you. Seriously, folks. When word gets back to me that someone liked my book and told a friend, sometimes I get teary-eyed. Every time a new review goes up on Amazon or Goodreads, there's this wave of gratitude. Even if the review isn't five stars, someone not only took the time to read my book, but they liked it enough to tell someone else about it. Because telling someone about a book the best compliment an author could hope for.
And trust me, you'll do a lot better job than I ever could.
March 31, 2013
HAPPY RELEASE DAY!
It's available at Smashwords now! And you can talk about it on Goodreads.
I know some people like to buy directly from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or iTunes, etc... If Snow White and Zombies isn't already available at your preferred site, rest assured it will be there soon. Smashwords says it usually takes a week to show up. With The Fairy Tale Trap it took a couple of days. With Cinderella and Zombies, it took two weeks. I know--I'm frustrated, too.
March 30, 2013
March 5, 2013
I'm nothing without my readers.
If I don't have an audience, then I'm just typing words on a screen that no one else will ever see. So when I write a book, I have you, gentle reader, in mind.
My job is to make you happy.
Well, I was sitting there, thinking about the most awesome way to release Snow White and Zombies on the 31st. Then I thought: why not ask you?
So, naturally, I turn to my Insiders.
This is a group of readers that want to be a part of the next book, the next promotion, or the next contest. These are my go-to people when I need input. In return, I try to give them first dibs on coupons. Also, I actually use their ideas in books.
Lately, my Insiders have been on facebook. They helped me design the cover for Snow White and Zombies and they came up with one of my main characters' names. (I was stuck, and they really pulled through.) I also have great readers here, on the blog.
|Awesome facebook followers make |
awesome book covers.
But what happens if my blog crashes? Or, heaven forbid, what if something happens to facebook? Facebook can take my author page down any time they want, without notice, and without a good reason. That's crazy!
So I want to make sure all my best supporters, those readers that want to know everything, are all in one place.
That's why I have an Insiders email list.
This is where I send discount coupons FIRST. It's also where I'd like to go for advice and input on my books as I write them. I have amazing readers and it would be pretty cool to get a little community of fairy tale-lovin' enthusiasts in one place.
At the moment, we're trying to figure out something special to do for the release of Snow White and Zombies. Come join the discussion!