Friday, November 07, 2014

An Exciting Interview...and a Great Marketing Blog

The reviewers over on The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow interviewed me. Check it out! We're even giving away a signed copy of 25 Roses.


The release date of my second book is rapidly approaching, so I'm spending a lot of time preparing postcards, mailing out bookmarks, and doing blog interviews. I love every minute of it! Especially now that I (kind of) know what I'm doing.

But, here's something you might not know: most of us really have no idea what we're doing. You just throw stuff at the wall and see what sticks.

Here's a great marketing blog that might help, though:



This timeline has been especially enlightening. There's a Part 2, as well. It covers what to do with your author copies, where to send postcards, and more. It's mostly geared toward children's/young adult authors, but it can be useful for someone marketing any book, to be honest.

What marketing blogs/tips have you found helpful?

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59 comments:

  1. Just visited - great interview.
    I was fortunate to follow some people early on who have excellent marketing tips on their blogs - people like Elizabeth S. Craig and L. Diane Wolfe. We've also tried to build the IWSG site up to be a great resource. Will definitely add Saundra's site to the database.

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    1. Saundra's is geared toward children's writing--I'm assuming sending out postcards and bookmarks isn't something everyone does! And school visits are definitely unique to children's writers. I'm not even sure young adult authors do that as much.

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  2. Superb interview Stephanie. Have a great weekend :)

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  3. doing 25 interviews with 25 giveaways for 25 ROSES would be a cool marketing trick :)

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    1. That's a good idea...although that's a LOT of interviews!

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  4. I can always use marketing help. Will check it out. Thanks.

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    1. Can't we all! Postcards definitely apply to photographers. I remember as a PR person at an arts agency in the 90s, we would get tons of postcards and they'd all end up in my mailbox. I always loved seeing them and it always kept me aware of local artists.

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  5. We're all spaghetti chefs, eh? (throwing it against the wall and hoping it sticks) Let me check out this marketing blog

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  6. Great interview, Stephanie! I loved learning about your writing process for 25 Roses. And Kaylee is also a character in my children's book=)
    Looking forward to your release!
    I can always use marketing tips. I think the more this industry grows, the more marketing evolves. We didn't have Facebook and Twitter ten years ago so I can't imagine what is going to come next.

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    1. The blog definitely covers online marketing, which can be SO complicated. But you look like you're doing a great job at it, with all your school visits!

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  7. Always something to learn marketing wise, as yeah sometimes I just through enough crap at the wall and see what sticks lol

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    1. With online marketing, you can use analytics to see if your efforts are paying off...but send out a bunch of print materials and you have no idea!

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  8. Great interview and I'm in for the drawing.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

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  9. I'm so excited for you! I adored 30 Days so I cant wait to read this :) glad to know there's no set secret for marketing. I took a web programming class in college and the curriculum was awful so my teacher kind of made it her own and turned it into a marketing yourself online class. I learned a ton (I'm super shy about promo so the tips really helped me!)

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    1. I have picked up some of the online marketing stuff from writing for marketing firms. I worked in PR in the 90s, but things were quite different back then!

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  10. Exciting times for you! It is good too that there are marketing tips to help promote a book. I would be clueless what to do! Good luck with it all and have fun with it all!

    betty

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    1. Thank you, Betty! Luckily authors are very willing to share tips with each other.

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  11. I'll be checking out your interview and the marketing blog right now.

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  12. uhhhh...marketing...my stomach tightens just hearing the word

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    1. I have a lot of fun with it, but you have to make sure it doesn't become a way to put off writing!

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  13. Read the interview of course. Lovely. Enjoy your weekend.

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  14. Great interview! I wish I knew that girl when i was in High School...I may have gotten a flower

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    1. I think my friends and I bought them for each other to make sure we received at least one...I seem to remember that!

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  15. Remember to breathe in this busy and exciting time. Congratulations - and I hope all your work is suitably appreciated and rewarded.

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    1. My release day is right after Christmas...yikes!

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  16. Best to you during this busy time.
    Yay, for you.
    Job well done.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Carla

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  17. Good job, Stephanie! Exciting stuff going on at your house.

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  18. Sounds like a great resource.

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  19. This is such a great interview! Thanks for sharing.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  20. yay for the new release! Good luck with everything!

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  21. Wow, you're busy! Good luck on the new release!! Thanks for the link to the marketing blog!

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  22. So very exciting! Keep up your great writing and hard work.

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  23. lol, I totally am glad to know I'm not the only one going "what am I really doing here?" when it comes to marketing :) Thanks for the link!

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    1. I actually hear most published authors say that, especially early on. There seems to be a panic phase that happens right before the book comes out. More experienced authors don't seem to worry about it as much, so there's good news in that!

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  24. This was a great interview Stephanie... When I read that it only took you a little over a month to write a book and then close to two years to revise, I resonated...The most time consuming part of writing is the many rewrites... Congratulations on your new book coming out, that is wonderful :)

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    1. I revise, revise, revise. If I planned a little more, that might not happen...but even when I have a plan my creative process doesn't follow it. That results in inconsistencies later in the story that have to be cleaned up because I didn't have it all charted out!

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  25. Good interview, lots of interesting comments to make and a few gold nuggets there! :-)

    Thanks for the marketing tips. I worked in marketing for some time when I was employed by a social enterprise. It's exciitng but scary, too.

    Greetings from London.

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  26. Marketing is so difficult, but always try everything once. One of the best things I did was an international giveaway on Goodreads. I got so much exposure.

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  27. What a great interview! I absolutely LOVE the inspiration for your book. What an awesome idea! :)

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  28. I'll definitely take a look. I'm always willing to try marketing tips.

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  29. I'm always game for more tips and congrats on the book!!

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  30. I read the review on The DMS blog and it made me want to borrow your books for one of my students. I'm heading over to the interview and the marketing blog now. Thanks for the links and congrats on your upcoming book release, Stephanie!

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  31. Supposedly people like postcards the most, because they have the golden rectangle proportions.

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