Holiday Thoughts

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Holiday Thoughts

By Cait Collins


My new work Three by Three is coming along. I discovered a relationship I had not originally intended, and it opens up new possibilities. But as the holidays approach, I turn my thoughts to family, friends, and Christmas shopping. Books, real books, are always on my list.

This is a sampling of recent and upcoming releases.

Barry Eisler                            Livia Lone (also check out his John Rain series)

Carla Neggers                       A Knights Bridge Christmas and Liar’s Key

Sharon Sala                           Family Sins

Lindsay McKenna                  Wind River Wrangler

Lee Child                               Jack Reacher Night School

Anne Perry                             Murder on the Serpentine

Craig Johnson                        An Obvious Fact

Robyn Carr                             The Life She Wants

Rick Riordan                           Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard The Hammer of Thor

Debbie Macomber                  Twelve Days of Christmas

Jodi Thomas                           Lone Heart Pass and Sunrise Crossing

Charles M. Schulz                  Snoopy to the Rescue A Peanuts Collection

Happy reading and gift giving.


Book Promotion Analysis

Book Promotion Analysis

By Natalie Bright

If you don’t tell anyone about your book, there’s no way they can read it. It’s a basic concept, yet crucial, and with social media at your fingertips the opportunity to tell everyone about your story is endless.

In Your Face

In my opinion, it’s not an opportunity for you to hammer Facebook friends and Twitter followers with constant barrage of “buy my book”. I’ve had to unfollow several authors who take this to the excess. I’m following you as a novelist because I’m interested in YOU as well as your books. Where did your idea come from, your writing process, your hobbies, the weather where you live, places you’ve been to research stories? However, a pic of your recent surgical procedure and wound is definitely TMI. Please don’t over share. What information do you think crosses the boundaries?

Some authors feel more comfortable in keeping a low profile online. I’m always surprised when I discover a great book, but can’t find a website for the author. On the other hand, one author explained that she feels her readers are interested in not only her books, but her personal world as a writer and person. She friends and follows everyone. Two schools of thought; which one do you prefer?


Several weeks ago, I blogged about target markets. There are so many amazing tools and apps through a multitude of social media sights enabling you to pinpoint people based on their interests, purchases, careers, etc. I receive several eNewsletters every week on the subject. It truly is mind boggling. Rather than spend a lot of time analyzing and targeting, much the same way that I feel about learning WordPress, I’ve taken a different route. I don’t want to learn how to build a website or graph a bar chart or profile my facebook friends based on their socio economic status. I just want to write. For me, promotion is an ongoing process via a myriad of social media outlets.

Keeping it Simple

One piece of advice about promotion came from Debbie Macomber, and has stuck in my mind for many years. When speaking at a writing conference in Amarillo, she highly recommended that every author add this book to their reference library, 1001 Ways to Market Your Books by John Kremer. Ms. Macomber also advised us to take one piece of advice from this book to heart and never forget: do one thing every day to promote yourself as a professional author, your work, or the industry of books and reading.


Just One Thing

Writing this blog is my one thing, along with promoting another author’s book about marketing in said blog. That’s two things. I guess I’m done for the day. Now back to writing!

What are you using to target readers for your books? How are you spreading the word? Do you think some authors go overboard with the sales pitching?

Happy writing!