I have this list:
1. Send out press release. *check/stomach drops* Why? I dunno. I'm uncomfortable with my name in the paper. Someone might figure out I write books. Now, is that a bad thing? No. But I like anonymity. I'm really quite shy.
2. Sign up for blogs. *check/stomach drops* I find it difficult to talk about myself and the books I write. I can put to paper what I want to say, but those radio blogs--and now they have Skype blogs. *shudder* One of my fellow authors, Lynn Rush, did a television interview. *falls over* They'd have to medicate me.
All that said, I have done radio blogs and regular blogs. I do them because it is my responsibility to my publisher. Just yesterday a friend FB'd, Social Media is a must for authors. Please follow me on Twitter. I immediately followed her because I knew that post was hard for her to write. I'm even thinking about doing that myself. Not because I want to, but because it worked.
3. Tweet. Yes, I have a Twitter account. I'm @louanncarroll, so if you want to follow me just click on the link. I like tweeting. It's short, to the point, and rather anonymous. I mean you get so many tweets it's hard to follow everyone.
4. Make a Facebook Author Page. My stomach didn't drop. I was actually OK with it. Click here to 'like" my page. Of course, I have no idea what liking my page really means. I really haven't a clue why the darn thing tells me to invite people to 'like' my page, but I'm good at following directions. Even if it's a software program.
Above all, A Shadow of Time is a really good story. Think of it has a cross between Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Louann Carroll with a lively dash of romance. Not that I'm comparing myself with my two fav authors. Just the genre. As I tell my husband, Shadow is not the all American novel. It is a fun book that will take your mind off your troubles. What more could one ask? And if I can do that for just one person who is suffering through a difficult time, it makes all my marketing angst pale in significance.
Read on my friends!