Archive for May 14th, 2010

Some authors and writers are not the best self promoters. We are at times the quiet types, deep thinking introverts who have a hard time with small talk. But put us in a room alone in front of a computer or leave us in the mountains or on a secluded beach with paper and a pen, and magic happens. We can become the most obnoxious, outgoing, lovable characters ever written.

Oh, the joy and mystery of being a writer…

Telling people you meet, that you are an author is usually not enough to get them to run out and buy your book. On the contrary, the more common response is a variation of, “You’re a writer? Oh… you should write my life story! You wouldn’t believe everything I’ve been through! It’d make a great book… or movie!”
Not wanting to sound entirely uninterested, I usually respond with, “Why don’t you write it?”

If you have a story to tell, tell it… then promote it.

Part of the challenge of self promoting is going back and forth using the right side of your brain to the left, going from being lost in your story to suddenly doing business and promoting your work. Sometimes we need help.

I’ve just started doing more internet-type marketing and it is a very good fit for me. I’ve joined Facebook and Twitter. I’ve started blogging and sending out newsletters to my readers. And I’ve updated my website with my book trailers. Since I’ve made this shift, I’ve noticed much more activity, more book sales and a lot more readers responding to my work. I am so thankful for my dedicated readers and their comments—they are the inspiration to my new marketing strategy.

The key is to find what works for you. By trial and error, I have found it best to pick the top five most enjoyable ways to promote, and then go for it. If you are outgoing and good at sales, do book signings and speaking events. If you love to give interviews, get your press kit together and call up the media. If you have the money and you want help, hire somebody to help you. But find out what part of promotion you love and get it done. Whatever feels right to you is going to work for you.

List your top five most enjoyable ways to promote… then promote!

Becky Due, like the main characters of her novels, spent many years running from herself, looking for love, crying a little and laughing a lot along the journey of finding herself. Through writing, Due found her passion. She is the author of several books and is currently working on her next novel.
Happily married she and Scott live in Colorado, Florida and Alberta, Canada with their two “kids” Buddy the Cat and Shorty the Pug.

Becky has been a guest on national radio programs and has been the subject of numerous newspaper and national magazine articles for empowering women through her novels. She has served as a guest speaker at Women’s Resource Centers, Shelters, Colleges and High Schools within the United States. Becky has had extensive training at Victim Services, worked the 24-Hour Sexual Assault Crisis-Line and was a Victim’s Advocate where she offered one-on-one assistance and support to rape victims. In 2007, Becky started, Women Going Forward, the first national women’s telephone support group, which ran for almost two years. After receiving much recognition for her novels, Becky’s focus turned back to her writing and empowering women through her novels.

Becky’s latest book is a supsense novel titled Returning Injury: A Suspense Chelebrating Women’s Strength. You can visit her website at www.beckydue.com.

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