Trolling for Suggestions

Next month I’ll be starting up my blog tour (which is what authors do these days to help stir up interest in their book – it’s sort of the cyber-equivalent of doing an actual book tour.)

So, blog tour it is – and at the moment I’ll admit I’m a tad overwhelmed. Lots of emails coming in from different parties (many of which have been orchestrated by the publicity guru over at Fine Print  and my awesomesauce agent.) It’s definitely beginning to make my head spin.

What it means, however, is a lot of extra work. (See, these are things they don’t tell you about when you’re trying to get pubbed. LOL.) Many of these blog stops may do reviews or giveaways, but many also have interviews (some of which are probably the standard sorts of questions, although a few have thrown me for a loop). However, I’ve also got to come up with guest blog posts for many of these as well (and I’ve even got a live chat or two thrown into the mix.)

My biggest issue here is trying to come with additional topics where I’m not using the same material on multiple blogs. That’s always seemed rather lame to me, although now I can understand why people do it. I will probably be a total loser during these few weeks and list my own blog posts as links to the interviews and reviews so bear with me for that. (or I can X-post, maybe – I haven’t really decided.)

In the meantime, I’m shamelessly asking people for blog post suggestions. I know there’s the standard sorts of topics like “how I got pubbed” or “how to get an agent,” but I’ll admit I’m looking for something a little more  fun than that. I’ve been bouncing ideas back and forth with people on IM (and my favorite so far would be “Do Alphas Need to be Asshats?”, but I don’t actually write alpha type heroes so I’m not sure that would work. (Plus my goal is to gain readers, not potentially offend them.)

Also, I’ve got a few ARCs left over that I’m not sure I’ll be doing much with –  it’s quite possible I’ll be doing a giveaway here as well in the next few weeks, so keep an eye open for that. (I’ll make you work for it though, so be prepared to write raunchy haiku poems involving unicorns and bacon.) 😉

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10 Responses to Trolling for Suggestions

  1. shiloh walker says:

    Interview a character… or have one character interview another. *G* the unicorn would be fun.  Have his view point in there somewhere.

  2. mynfel says:

    Hee. Actually, there *is* a scheduled interview with Phin for early Feb. 😉  

  3. bluey says:

    Well, if you really want them to get hooked and not reuse material…you could write a new short story and post part of it on each blog. Maybe a short story about a minor character in the book?

  4. Alison Beightol says:

    How about writing about why Hello Kitty and snarky humor keep you sane on your journey? Because a lot of writers need coping mechanisms whist waiting for the call.

  5. Aleta says:

    Don't know if this can be done, but start a story and have the readers leave comments on where they think the story should go from there.  It gives the readers input, yet you pick which response you like the most to write about the following day.  Eh, ok, it sounds a bit like too much work.  I was just trying to think of something fun.

  6. Regina Linton says:

    I think that keeping the readers up on everything and letting them into what your up to and how you got from point A to point B is what everyone is doing these days. I think giveaways go well and some added bonus story teasers are good.

    Give something that we aren't going to get from any other source but you. So we keep coming back for more. 😉

  7. mynfel says:

    <span>Yes  – there will definitely be some giveaways happening. I think there will be some excerpts from the book floating around too, so that is good. I'll continue to think on the rest. LOL.</span>

  8. mynfel says:

    Yeah – the story thing would probably be too much work for me at the moment – plus I think it might be confusing for someone who missed the earlier segments (and who might not want to be bothered to to find the links back).

    The idea could be a lot of fun for a series of posts though – either here or somewhere else. I like the the idea of audience participation. (It could be quite a challenge.) 

  9. mynfel says:

    Again – the concept could be fun, but I'm afraid I'd lose readers who come in late. (I'm not quite popular enough to have a big entourage following just yet. LOL)

  10. mynfel says:

    Heh – I think I can definitely manage a post about Hello Kitty. 😉

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