“You have no friends” was the message that popped up on the first social media site I joined. That pretty much sums up my networking skills.
By the time D’Vorah Lansky’s Book Marketing Challenge invitation arrived in my e-mail, I was ready to try anything, so I signed up. The past month has been a steep learning curve with new actions to take every day, so many that I am way behind and beginning to feel what Laura Laing described as “overwhelm.” I am going to take her advice to step back and focus on a couple of realistic and measurable goals.
- Finding honest reviewers: I know I am supposed to have a number and time goal here. I will develop those as I work through the steps in Shelley Hitz’s article, “3 Ways to Get More Honest Reviews for Your Book.”
- Finding book bloggers in my genre and setting up a blog tour or becoming a guest blogger: For guidance in meeting this goal, I will be following the suggestions in Liesel Teversham’s article, “Have Fun Through Marketing with a Virtual Book Tour,” and Beth Barany’s “How to Run a Blog Tour for Fictional Writers.”
Of course, neither of my goals can be reached without making connections. I have to take action and get rid of that dreary popup: “You have no friends.” If you check back with me, I’ll be posting the action steps I’ve taken and the results of those steps on Thursday of each week.
About my book: The Survivalist’s Daughter is a young adult novel about a sixteen-year-old girl who learns everything she thought she was true about her life is a lie. The novel traces how she works through her anger at the deception and loss of the only family she has ever known while learning to connect with sisters she never knew she had and searching for her half-brother who has been taken into protective custody.