Vonnie Hughes is my guest blogger today and she's a woman on a mission. Read on...
What to do first?
Are any other readers/writers in the same dilemma as me? If so, help!
In May, The Wild Rose Press accepted my romantic suspense, LETHAL REFUGE. To tell the truth, it started out more of a thriller but TWRP prefers the softer romantic suspenses so I took out the multiple points of view and eased back a bit on the punchiness. So there we were, TWRP and I, happy little campers. Publication date: 13 January 2012.
In June, Aurora (who are now owned by Musa Publishing) accepted two Regencies from me. Their titles are THE SECOND SON and MR. MONFORT’S MARRIAGE. Their publication dates? Umm…the week before Christmas and—you got it; mid January 2012.
Then my original publishers, Robert Hale Ltd, UK, contacted me and asked if I would like my hardback Regency, COMING HOME, e-published, a venture they were entering into with great trepidation. They probably figured they’d start out with someone who had at least dipped her toe in the waters of e-publishing. And of course you guessed it: publication date, early January.
As any self-respecting author knows, marketing books nowadays is hard slog, time-consuming and downright embarrassing. Look at me! Buy my book! You have to force yourself to remember it’s all about the book, not about the humble author. But can you imagine the marketing necessary for four books over only six weeks?
I cast out questions on a couple of loops and eventually got a sane answer from an Australian author named Kez Delaney. She sensibly said, “Do it one at a time.”
Aha, but there is a little sting in this tale (tail?) You see, COMING HOME is actually the prequel to THE SECOND SON. So I should probably bundle the marketing in some way. But they are from two different publishing houses.
It all just gets messier! Anyone out there with any ideas? Anyone? Please…
As a little incentive, gentle readers, an eco-friendly, calico tote bag (see below) is up for grabs for one lucky person who offers Vonnie the most practical idea.
You have until noon, Monday 12th Sept. (Aussie time) to leave an answer. The winner will be announced Tuesday 13th Sept.
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