After the mad flurry of activity last week surrounding the release of Scandalously Yours, the first book in my new trilogy, I’m taking a moment to sit back and catch my breath—and untangle my brain synapses. These days, an author is expected to do a LOT of self-promoting. Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, blog tours—now, lots of it is interesting stuff but at times I feel like I need eight arms, four brains—maybe five—six computers, and at least half a ton of Lindt dark chocolate to keep me going. The point is, it eats up a huge chunk of precious writing time.
The Wenches often talk about this among ourselves. The question of how to balance the two demands is a real dilemma. First and foremost, we want to write good books, and for most of us mere mortals, that entails more hours than you want to know about hunched over a keyboard. But of course, we also want readers to find those books when they are done.
It used to be simpler. Publishers printed books and put them in bookstores, where readers would come and peruse the shelves. A finite number of publications did book reviews, so again, serious readers knew where to look to learn about each month’s new releases. Now? Well I don’t have to tell you it’s the Wild West out there.
I used to find so many gems just by wandering around the tables of new history or fictions releases. I’d pick up a book and read the back cover, and I can’t tell you how many times I found something esoteric or fascinating that I never would have thought to look for. I miss those serendipitous moments. Once in a while, I find them on the various lists that Amazon sends to my inbox daily. But it’s harder to know where to find what suits my admittedly quirky tastes.
So today I thought I’d ask you to tell the Wenches a little about how YOU find books you want to read. And what makes you interested in going learning more about a book, or reading an excerpt. Do blog appearances work? Do Facebook trumpetings of releases catch your eye? Do you hunt through Goodreads? Please share!