The Free Promotion Blog Post

Glass People by Jumbled WriterDear Reader,

I always feel strange trying to promote myself on my blog, since most of my blog posts concern my own interests, thoughts, and questions (in other words, it’s already plastered by my presence). I am also not that much of a marketer. I feel like this is sometimes a problem with artists (if I can use that term to describe myself). We may have creativity to give to our creations, but promoting those pieces requires a different type of creativity that not all of us have. It can also be awkward to go to blogs and websites and ask if we can use their space to talk about ourselves.

To help with this, I created this post. If you have a project that you want to promote, use the comments section down below to write about it. I’ll go first.

In April of last year, I released my first novel, entitled “Glass People”. At the time, I thought that I had worked as hard as I could on it. However, upon inspection months later, I realized that the font was unnecessarily small and some of the formatting was off. I could not let this go, so I played around with the design until I got it to the point where I wanted it, and then resubmitted my files. As a result, the novel “Glass People” now has a new page count (352 pages), larger font, and a more aesthetically pleasing interior. I also changed the back cover’s description and the description found online. Though a larger file size and page count usually means an increase in price, I dropped the paperback price from $9.50 to $7.81 and the Kindle edition from $2.99 to $1.99. If you want, you can view the second edition here.

In the coming months, I will hopefully have news to share about a new project I’ve been working on.

Now it is your turn. If you have a project that you just completed, or are getting ready to release, come share about it in the comments.

Sincerely,

Jumbled Writer

*Photo Courtesy of CreateSpace Cover Creator (and me, technically).

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20 Responses to The Free Promotion Blog Post

  1. Congratulations JW on “Glass People” being published. As you know, this is a HUGE accomplishment. And yes, you are an artist!

    I found out after publishing my debut novel, “The Missing Five,” that the hard part wasn’t over; it was just beginning. I had to learn to market my book (which I’m still searching for ways). I read a ton of articles on how to market and found out belatedly, that marketing should occur, at a minimum, three months before the release of a novel. But one thing I found out will stick with me from this day forward: “If you don’t market your product, who will and who will know you or your product even exists if you don’t get the word out?” So that’s where all my focus is right now–marketing “The Missing Five” to the hilt. One area is on my blog, which is dedicated solely to my book at http://gwenpegrampublishing.wordpress.com.

    My debut novel, The Missing Five, which I self-published in November 2013 can be found at:

    Amazon.com
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Missing-Five-Gwen-Pegram/dp/0991128508/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388749596&sr=8-1&keywords=gwen+pegram

    and for any eReader at Smashwords.com
    http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/374314

    Happy New Year JW and all the best to you.

    • Yes, marketing is a rather hard task to do and requires persistence and time. Your novel sounds like an intriguing read. Thanks for commenting.
      –JW

  2. HI again JW

    I just purchased and downloaded “Glass People” by Jumbled Writer. I liked the “Look Inside” and can’t wait to get started. Beware though, I am a slow reader but I will put a review on Amazon when I’m finished.

  3. I have read Glass People – excellent study into complex characters. Thanks Gwen for reminding me to put a review on Amazon. I’m not getting anything done – working on an intense novel about abuse and grieving – but it’s so hard and brings me down. So I’m splitting it between a light/feel good contemporary romance again – Never Pick a Pretty Woman – which I hope to release by the summer. 🙂

  4. Glass People looks interesting. I’ve found it on Amazon.co.uk and will download it as soon as I can wrestle the Kindle from my daughter.

    It’s certainly true that, hard and time-consuming as writing is, marketing is even harder. There is just so much stuff being published on Amazon that even getting noticed is incredibly difficult. So thank you for providing this opportunity. I think perhaps that some of us can do more to help promote each other’s work.

    I published my second novel, BASIC Boy, on Amazon recently. It’s a supernatural YA story concerning a time-jumping ghost from the 1980s – or at least that’s my latest attempt to describe it in one sentence! It’s available from Amazon in Kindle and paperback editions:

    US: http://www.amazon.com/BASIC-Boy-Digital-Ghost-Story-ebook/dp/B00FLNLUYG/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-1&qid=1387582153

    UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/BASIC-Boy-Digital-Ghost-Story-ebook/dp/B00FLNLUYG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384117495&sr=8-1&keywords

    • I agree that being noticed is the difficult part. The great thing about publishing online is that virtually anyone can do it. The negative part of publishing online is that so many people already have, and continue to do so.
      Your book looks interesting. I like the premise. Thanks for sharing.
      –JW

  5. I have a hard time being much of a salesman at anything. There’s a disingenuous nature that can creep into it that makes it less attractive to me. Some people are good at promoting themselves. I am not.

    Congratulations on Glass People. I wish you luck on its future success.

  6. Hi JW, I am ordering your book too and looking forward to reading it. I had a book called The Children’s Bill of Emotional Rights published by a renowned academic publisher, but just like everyone here says, it’s up to you to promote yourself. You are all alone having to do something unrelated to the work you have done – PR. My book is about giving children the emotional support they need in childhood, it’s not a big flashy book that will get a lot of media attention, even if I knew how to do that! In addition they priced my book very high and that made me feel pretty helpless, I can’t ask people to spend that much on a book. But I think we all need to do the work first and just do our best at promoting…2014 is going to be a good year for good people!!

    • Thank you. I appreciate your purchase. You make a good point about how, even when you are published, you still have to promote yourself when you are not as well-known. I think there is an expectation from some that as soon as you have a publisher, someone will take care of all the PR work for you, but that isn’t true. I hope that you are able to get some more publicity for your efforts.
      –JW

  7. Dear Jumbled Writer,

    Thanks for this post, it’s great to know I’m not the only one out there who feels this way! 🙂

    I find it difficult and awkward to promote my own work (but of course, am trying nonetheless . . . )

    I downloaded yours and look forward to reading and reviewing it.

    Here’s mine:

    US: http://www.amazon.com/Their-Evil-Law-Dark-Museum-ebook/dp/B00GK5U1GM/?cor=US

    UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Their-Evil-Law-Dark-Museum-ebook/dp/B00GK5U1GM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388942796&sr=8-1&keywords=their+evil+law

    It’s my first book, and is a paranormal novel drawing on my experience in the legal field.

    I’ve also been working on a comic that my main character, Ray makes in the story, and have been tweeting that in increments as my main form of self-promotion basically. You can find the artwork for that here: http://lawofthedead.com/art/

  8. In the current publishing world, we authors have to promote ourselves whether we self-publish or find a traditional publisher who “believes in us.” It is harder to promote yourself than have someone else (the publisher) do it. I’m trying to look at it in terms of notice rather than promotion. Not, “Look how great I am,” but rather “Here’s something to check out if you’re interested – FYI.” We’ll see how it goes 🙂 My first book will release on February 1st. There is still time to pre-order from my blog site to get 20% off the retail price. 🙂 Now, that wasn’t too painful, was it?

  9. I believe marketing my writing/novels is probably the most excruciating thing I have ever done! However, we are not so much marketing as we are sharing. I love to share whether it’s an article or free short story on my blog, or interesting vids and photos I’ve found on facebook.
    I think it helps that I feel my books have something to say above and beyond the entertainment value. The entertainment is there, of course: the mystery of the serial killer in two books and the mystery of family secrets in another book.
    But the novels are character driven works where the characters are as important as the plot. I want to share their journeys with other readers, share how they struggle to do the right thing; struggle to become better people because that is something that books gave me from a very young age: a call to become a better person, to rise above whatever circumstances I find myself involved in.
    Sketch of a Murder is book 1 of a series, The Special Crimes Team. The team is comprised of good cops, but cops who have a penchant for ‘coloring outside the lines’. They’re chasing a serial killer, self-dubbed The Avenger, who is gruesomely murdering wealthy, prominent men who have skated on charges of sexual assault.
    Somehow, Sergeant Nita Slowater, a hot tempered, mixed blood Native American, must find a way to work with her superior, Lieutenant Michael Williams. Lieutenant Williams has a trainload of guilt that he pulls behind himself, and that guilt cripples his ability to work with Nita. The only thing that makes her position at all tenable is her unlikely friendship with a homeless, black artist, Molly the Pack Lady.
    It has always interested me that homeless people (been there myself) are ‘invisible’ so I used that invisibility to allow Molly to sketch the identity of the killer. People often think of homeless people as being ‘dirty’, and there is that unfortunate fact when you can’t find a shower, but Molly isn’t dirty. She smells of lavender shampoo and Dove soap.
    It’s sharing these insights with readers that excites me. How we don’t think we could ever be homeless; that cops are hard and detached; that when a cop steps over the lines, they’re not human–they’re bad cops. Sometimes that is true; sometimes it isn’t.
    An author is a sharer; an adventurer wanting to invite the reader along on the adventure. We are offering tickets to a different reality. Not everyone will accept those tickets, but a some will.
    So, folks, here’s the ticket: http://www.amazon.com/author/ayawalksfar
    JW, give me a shout if you would like to do an author Q&A on my blog. Because we can market each other with less self-consciousness than we can market ourselves, why not do that? I appreciate the opportunity to ramble on here on your blog. I’d love to have you ‘ramble on’ on my blog. Email: ayawalksfar@gmail.com

    • I like that idea of a Q and A. I will keep in touch. And I like the concept of your book, especially using a homeless character that breaks the stereotypes.
      –JW

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