But is all this enough to sell books? Clearly it isn't or I'd be on the bestseller list by now cuz I've done a lot of promotion. But only within my comfort zone.
I haven't gone out into the great big scary world with copies of my books in the back of my minivan and..... er....um.......whatever those people do. What John Grisham did with his first book,
Because no, I can't. I won't. Aaargh, I'm not a salesman. Leave me alone! Don't make me do that stuff!
So in honor of all us reclusive writers, whether we are published or not (yet), I have tossed a summer salad.
LETTUCE BUY BOOKS
LETTUCE REVIEW BOOKS
LETTUCE HOLD & ENTER CONTESTS
BUT PLEASE DON'T MAKE US BE SALESMEN!!!
And to go along with this anti-salesman summer salad, I am having AN EVENT! Everyone of these lettuce
A full manuscript review!
Your book bought & reviewed here!
Your blog featured here!
Why am I doing this? Shouldn't I be spending my time and energy out there schmoozing booksellers into handselling copies of Farm Girl and Uncut Diamonds? Well, yes, probably so. But I am not that person. I'm the person who, when I'm not writing or editing, sits at home thinking of ways to promote literacy and support authors.
And besides, there is something BIG coming soon!! Something REALLY BIG and REALLY HELPFUL to authors with books to sell. Although I'm involved with it, I can't tell you yet. Yes, I know-- it's killing me!! But believe me, you're going to love it!!
So to kick off the "anti-salesman summer salad" event, I'm going to have a competition to name the event!! Because I'm the first to admit, this name is pretty lame and it's such an awesome, summer-long series of contests that it needs a name with some punch and whammy!
The winner will get three bonus points at each of the future contests and their blog linked here at every mention!!
The only rule to enter is you must be a follower here. To keep your entry private, just email your event name idea to me at karenjonesgowen at gmail.com. Cut off time for entries will 12:01 a.m., July 1. I'll announce the winner next Friday! (after I get home from vacation woo hoo) At that time I'll feature another lettuce leaf and post the first contest in the soon-to-be-awesomely-named event!
And so NAME THAT EVENT begins the summer of the endless contests!! Let the games begin, send me those great ideas!