Since my last post here on
InkSpot, which occurs on the first Monday of each month, I've had another
mystery released by Midnight Ink: TO CATCH A TREAT, the second of my Barkery
& Biscuits Mystery.
As always, it's been fun. I seem to learn more with each release about how
to let people know about them in as many ways as possible. Some ways are done by Midnight Ink and my
wonderful publicist there. Some I do
myself, or with the help of friends. And
I'm always looking for more. Sort of.
I'm not very techy, so my social
media efforts are somewhat limited. I
admire those authors who do it all, and some of them write for Midnight
Ink. But although I have Twitter and
Goodreads accounts, I know I don't use them as much as I should.
I do a lot of blogging,
though. I did a Great Escapes Blog Tour,
which is always enjoyable. I provided
some blog posts and interview responses and watched with great excitement when
reviews were posted by the blog hosts as well as those that featured me for the
day. I've also done other blogs,
including those I write for on a regular basis, and others hosted by friends
who invite me to write posts.
I did personal appearances,
too. One I considered the launch of TO
CATCH A TREAT, at the Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego, California. Its Birthday Bash coincided with the release
of my book, and they scheduled a bunch of different authors to speak on panels
that day, including me. Unfortunately,
despite my leaving home in Los Angeles
very early in the morning, there was an accident on a freeway in front of me so
I was a little late, but I think it still went well.
Then there was another bookstore
visit, to Book Carnival in Orange,
California, about forty miles from
my home. The store has been there for a
long time, and I've been publishing for a long time, but although I'd heard of
it I didn't realize it was all about mysteries and romantic suspense. Fortunately, a friend who's also a publicist
arranged for my appearance there along with another author--and it was
great! Plus, the owner is interested in
having me come back in October for her Halloween event, which is also the
release time for my third Superstition Mystery--a good fit for Halloween, don't
you think? I do!
And I always visit other
bookstores such as Barnes & Nobles in my area, where I can sign copies of
my books in stock there.
But now, after nearly a month, my
promotion events have slowed a bit. Even
so, I'm always watching for more. Being
online certainly helps, and so does going to conferences.
And here, when I started out, I
thought writers just wrote. Hah!