I’m trying a couple new things to market my second Mitch Malone Mystery, A Case of Accidental Intersection. I’m not sure if it will work or not but it is worth a try. The first is I’ve written a short story called The Eyes Have It with Mitch and one of the characters from the new book, an endearing senior called Elsie. I plan on giving away the short story as a free download on kindle or as a PDF from my website. My reasoning is if they like the characters in the short story, hopefully they will buy the books. Hook them with a freebie because everyone likes something for nothing.
The other is I’m trying Visual Arts Junction to help with A Case of Accidental Intersection's launch this summer. They had an introductory rate less than $100 for the first 24 people signed on. I think it is a mutual help with other authors similar to what we do with fellow Oak Tree authors but it does it all electronically and that is where I’m sadly lacking. I know there are ways to do things in multiple places but haven’t figured it all out yet. With doing Visual Arts Junction, you must also subscribe to FeedBlitz which manages and signs up people for newsletters, announcements, etc. It is a monthly fee, which I am concerned about, but need this as well to standardize my announcements and info and above all save time. I will report back on my progress as we go through. If any of you have experience with this type of thing, weigh in.
I thought writing the first book and getting it published was a lot of work. The promoting in a virtual world is even more work but the rewards are there. With brick and mortar bookstores closing, the Internet levels the playing field. I can learn it and so can you. Just wish there was a paper manual I could refer to. Hey, maybe we can publish a manual and it will be a huge hit…