I little over a year ago I thought I was writing books to entertain and express myself, and creating a novel from little more than my imagination certainly did that. It was tiring and sometimes frustrating, but dammit is was also FUN.
Soul searching confirmed for me that neither money not fame were the object, especially given that I am incredibly introverted and already work in a fairly well paying profession that I enjoy. But days after I hit that first publish button for x0 on Kindle, I discovered something that surprised me totally. I wanted people to read my book! It was even better if they liked it of course, and I had absolutely no objection to them paying for it, but basically I wanted it to be read.
So suddenly I had two hobbies. I was writing away on y1 and loving it, and I was trying to come up with ways to get total strangers to open x0 up on their kindle and read it instead of the (gulp) million or so other books available electronically.
This second hobby has been more frustrating than fulfilling for me, and clearly there are reasons that I did not end up working in advertising. I tried getting bloggers to review my book (most never answered my queries.) I discovered that producing a paperback book on Create Space was both free and rather easy, and after that I discovered that I could give away copies of my paperback on Goodreads. Oh boy!
Suddenly my day job was providing the pocket money for me to mail copies of x0 and y1 (which came out in paperback about the same time) to Romania and New Zealand and Brazil. I don’t even know if most copies made it to their destinations, but slowly responses to both books have begun to pour in. Some people gave me 5 stars (an A) and others two stars (a D) with no comments either way. Some people praised my book and gave it a poor rating while others did little more than complain then rated it high. I could only scratch my head and wonder. But in other cases, other wonderful cases, I could tell from the review that the reader “got” my book. And whether they loved it or just kind of barely liked it, their understanding, and the sense of that connection that came with it, was a high almost as strong as writing the book itself.
And now all that has come to an end. Goodreads only allows give-aways on books published within the last 6 months, and my time has run out for both x0 and y1. What to do, what to do? I think I am addicted to reviews. Luckily, I have two solutions
One, my third love child, z2, will be out in paper back next week. Hurray. I have six glorious months in which to give copies away. Two, I discovered fine people on the internet who will get my 6-month-olds out there onto people’s blogs for me. I elected to try my first blog tour with y1, and to use a group called Orangeberry. My blog tour officially starts today, and the schedule for the first week is as follows.
4th June – Book Feature at Peace from Pieces
5th June – Twitter View with OB Book Tours
6th June – Twitter Blast with OB Book Tours
7th June – Book Review & Author Interview at Mommy Adventures
8th June – Guest Post at The Bunny’s Review
9th June – Twitter Blast with OB Book Tours
10th June – Book Review & Author Interview at The Reading Cat
Please check me out at these venues, and I’ll post the rest of the tour next week. Ahhhh …. I think everything is going to be okay.