Happy New Year!
I’ve taken a loooong break from blogging…but I’m back in full force, ready to blog, blog and blog some more in 2011. I’ve also made a goal to read and check all of my favorite blogs more often… I’ve been feeling distant from y’all and I really want to start reading and connecting more often. So get ready to see my name in your comments box!
As I get back into blogging and work and life, my main focus right now is my book release. It releases next month so it’s really getting down to the wire. I’m really excited but I’m also nervous… I really want to do a good job with author marketing but I confess I don’t really know where to even start. Which is where you guys come in. I’ve been scouring your blogs and author pages trying to figure out exactly what I need to do as a new author to build a marketing platform. Here are a few things I’ve learned:
1. Author Jody Hedlund wrote this great post on marketing without making eyes roll. I love what she has to say about marketing through relationships.
2. My agent Rachelle Gardner wrote this post on the basics of marketing, which has given me some great ideas to get started.
3. I’ve been working on planning a book release party, and I confess, I totally copied Jody Hedlund on this one. She wrote this post on a successful release party and I’m trying to follow her advice to a T. That said, those of you who live in Austin, be on the lookout for an invitation! It’s coming!
Now, I need your help: How did you/would you market your first book? What books/blogs helped you the most?