Promotion: Joys and Woes

If you read my post on Wednesday, you know I have just published a book. (Days of the Kill. It’s on Amazon. Look it up. It’s awesome.).

Promotion is dang hard. Unfortunately, the fantasy we all have at one point or another that the publisher will do all the promotion or people will just magically find the book and we’ll all become rich and famous just isn’t true. That’s on you, people. Play your cards right, and you may just have a runaway best-seller.

Okay, so it’s not likely, but it’s possible.

Tomorrow will mark two weeks since I’ve been a published author. I have to say, I’ve had really positive feedback. I let people know about it, and people reacted. Boy, did people react.

People I haven’t talked to in forever liked my Facebook post. People that I haven’t talked to in a while said they bought it and want it signed. Heck, someone I never even talked to before bought the ebook and loved it!

I also have two reviews on Amazon. Two amazing reviews. And I am so happy about those reviews.

But wait, there’s more. There is another part to this. In come the woes to ruin a few things.

Things can happen. A family emergency comes up (yup, just had that happen), a friend is in trouble, or any number of things can come up out of the blue. Promotion tends to be the furthest thing on your mind when that happens.

My family emergency happened about a week after I published. I had said something on social media maybe once or twice before it happened. One week later, I’ve said something once since the whole family emergency thing. Yay me.

Things will happen that promotion will be put on hold for. But if you think about it, why not make a quick post on social media about your book? You might just be surprised.

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Easter Sunday

For those of you that celebrate Easter, I hope you had a wonderful time celebrating. For those of you that don’t, I hope you had a fabulous weekend. I, personally, celebrate Easter. It was a fun time of being with family.

I admit, at first I was a little disappointed that my nieces and nephew weren’t staying with my family the entire day. My sister took them to a family friend’s house…more stuff to do for the kids. After I calmed down, I understood.

One problem remained…how was I going to keep myself entertained? Well, books solved that problem.

ANYWAY. I’m getting off track here. I loved being with my family all day, even if I don’t always enjoy every second of it. I especially enjoyed the chaos that happened right after church. As it turns out, trying to take a picture with all three kids at once is pretty much an impossible task. I managed to get a picture with the two girls together, and one with my nephew separately. I have not received that picture yet, though. My dad took it and hasn’t sent it to me yet. Maybe I’ll post it when I actually get it.

Being with family isn’t always easy, but enjoying the time you have with them is absolutely crucial. Whether or not you celebrate certain holidays, being with family is important, and the best part is, you can appreciate them every day of the year, even if you don’t always like being with them.

I leave you with the picture I got with my two nieces. Until Wednesday…stay tuned!