After winning the Dan Alatorre’s Word Weaver Contest this past July with a chapter from my book Ruby Slips and Poker Chips, I decided to take the plunge and publish the entire book. Crazy right? The book had been sitting on my computer for eight years because I didn’t know what to do.
I sent the first book I wrote into agents and sent Ruby Slips into a couple of agents, but was discouraged when it came to rejection letters. This summer, before leaving for Europe on vacation, I sent Ruby Slips into the contest, not knowing what to expect. I received and email from Dan when I was in Doolin, Ireland and to say that I was excited was an understatement.
Fast forward to December. I went through all the steps – critique from Dan Alatorre, beta readers, choosing a cover, writing a blurb, formatting by Moyhill publishing. Now the book was released and I have to say I have wonderful friends and family. I ordered 60 copies of the book through Amazon because that’s how many people wanted a signed copy.
This was fantastic. But I’m struggling through the process of getting my book out to people who don’t know me–people who enjoy the book because it is a good book. This is where marketing comes in.
And right now, I’m stumbling through it. I’ve had great people help me. Dan has advertised on his site, interviewed me, and continues to bring up my book. Sally Cronin has highlighted my book on several occasions. Rosie Amber posted an independent review and will be posting it on her website on January 30th. It’s important to have other authors and readers help you through this process. And like I said, it’s still a process. I hope to continue to keep you updated on how it’s going. I’m sure I’m not the only person in this lonely boat.
How have you marketed? What have been your struggles? Please leave your comments below.