Now that my new fantasy novel, The Stone Dragon, is published and available through Amazon (paper and Kindle), Barnes and Noble (paper and Nook), and Smashwords (many ebook formats), I can move to marketing. And the first and best part? Giving away books.
- First, the gifts go to those who helped the book become a published reality--love and support, ideas, editing, technical support.
- Next, to family and my "book-loving" community
- Finally, "soft-marketing" to those who are involved in the book industry or who have contacts with the book or media entertainment industry.
Today I gave some books away--some of them to people who weren't expecting them. To hear their oooh's and aaah's was a joy, especially since they were sincere and not just polite noises (at least I choose to view it that way).
Now comes the more strenuous part--the actual marketing to the online readers and reviewers. I have no doubt I'll receive more oooh's and aaah's--along with some catcalls and raspberries. It takes all kinds, and I'll try to be kind to them all.
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