Thursday, August 26, 2010


What's more important, to write a great book or to have great promotion? What if the two are mutually exclusive? Promotion is taking major time away from writing. PR is definitely my Achilles heel. I don't know how to do it and I don't enjoy doing it. So for the last couple of years, I've all but ignored it. Which is showing up in my book sales.

So over the last few weeks, I had to put away my bestseller project and have been doing promotion instead. I'm now on Twitter and Facebook and even blogging at eHarlequin. (Please find me and friend/follow me. Pleeeaase!) I'm also taking two classes on social networking/PR, one from Beth Barany, the other from Marcia James. I love both. I'm taking copious notes and making lots of plans. And hoping that I'll have the time to put what I learned into practice. Learning about >>meme<< tonight. Well, trying to. My brain is fried and I'm so not getting it. So far, it seems like a virtual chain letter. Will give it another try tomorrow.

If you're a writer, what do you do to promote your books? If you're a reader, what makes you to pick up a book from a writer you haven't read before? Any help would be much appreciated. I'm soooo out of my depth here. Feel like I need to go back to college and get a marketing degree. Unless I win the lottery and can afford to hire a PR manager.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

the purpose driven life

Still trying to decide how to write a bestseller. Been sidelined by home renovations, a waterpipe bursting and the stomach flu.

Hubby and I had a discussion last night whether it's better to live a purpose driven life (my theory), or just float along and be open to opportunities, but not go out of your way to swim against the current (his theory).

To my mind, if you don't know where you're going, you'll end up where everyone else wants you to be. And, pray tell, how am I going to end up on the bestseller list without making a plan and working it? Does anybody just ever floats there? Do olympic athletes float to the top of the podium? I think not!

On the other hand, life could be sure less stressful if I wasn't so dang goal oriented. So maybe I will give this floating and open thing a try.

So, UNIVERSE, here is my notice. As of now, I'm open to wonderful opportunites! I'm giving up all my goals for a month and will keep an eye open for the unexpected :-)

What's your life theory?