Marketing Monday: Setting Up a Blog Tour & Adding a New Blog Feature

Before I get down to business today, I want to show you a few of my favorite books. Wait, what’s that one out in front? Is it…? It is! Yes, two copies of The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide showed up at my house this weekend. Did I mind the rain and gray skies? […]

If it’s September, it Must be M…m…marketing?!

Well, not yet. For pete’s sake, people, the book doesn’t come out until January. But I’ve read enough about book promotion to know that you don’t wait for the book release to get started. And the one date that has been floating in my head for a while is October—the month I’m supposed to talk with […]

Marketing Interview (& Contest) with Laura Purdie Salas

In September of 2008, Laura Purdie Salas joined up with Fiona Bayrock to explore marketing and PR possibilities for two of their picture books that were being published the next year: Salas’ Stampede! Poems to Celebrate the Wild Side of Schooland Bayrock’s Bubble Homes and Fish Farts. And they decided to do this exploration publicly—at […]

Our Time Online: Where Do You Think We’re Headed?

Okay, guys, I know I’m spending a lot of time on this lately, but I had an in-person conversation today with some other writers, and the questions we raised are churning away. And I’d really like to hear what you all think. Basically, we started out talking about Facebook fan pages. Which I have not […]

Are You a Shrinking Violet?

Are you an introvert? Do you know the difference between being an introvert and being shy? Are you worried about getting out there and promoting yourselves and your books? You all know how I feel about the Shrinking Violet Promotions blog. Well, Robin LaFevers and Mary Hershey over at SVP have set up a new Yahoo group. […]

Somebody Else Says: Jo Knowles & Bubble Stampede

Two seemingly very different posts to link you to today. I think, though, that they’re actually pretty strongly connected by being BIG parts of the writing path. Jo Knowles is a wonderful YA writer. Her Lessons from a Dead Girl is incredible, and Jumping off Swings (Due this August) is high on my to-read list. […]

Guest Bloggers: Mary Hershey & Robin LaFevers from SVP

Shrinking Violet Promotions is one of my favorite blogs. I discovered it soon after I started blogging, and I’ve been a regular reader since. Mary & Robin are encouraging, enthusiastic, and seriously GET how tough it can be for writers to get out there and market themselves and their books. So, obviously, I was very happy […]

THIS is How to Do an Online Launch

Launch party. What image does that phrase evoke for you? A crowded bookstore with a big, yummy cake? An author up at the front of the room doing a reading? A raffle? I love book launches. I love to go and hang out with fans and other writers and celebrate a friend’s newest book. In […]

Heads Up: Shrinking Violets Coming Soon

I’ll be blogging for real on Thursday or Friday, but I wanted to throw out a quick note that we’ll have seriously cool guest bloggers here next week. If you haven’t read the Shrinking Violet Promotions blog yet, you’re missing out big time. And the authors behind the blog, Mary Hershey and Robin LaFevers have generously […]

Somebody Else Says: Online Promotion

I know, I was just here! But there’s some talk going around the blogs that I want to share with you. Sarah Prineas, author of the wonderful book The Magic Thief, has a couple of posts up about online promotion for kids’ books. Check out the discussion here and here. And Dana Stabenow, author of […]