When I first started working with Dorothy Thompson of Pump Up Your Book Promotion, I wondered how a business like hers existed. How hard could it be for an author to get in touch with some bloggers and ask for them to interview her about her latest release?
I could really smack myself for being so naive. Promotion truly is a full-time job. I don't even have a book out yet and I find myself spending a good portion of my day promoting my work. I post at my blogs, write book reviews, network with other writers, set up interviews with authors, work with the others on the Musing Our Children project--and all of this helps to promote me as a writer. Every time my bio is viewed on a website, there is a great chance that someone might link to my website or blog and be interested in my work.
In addition, whenever anyone asks what I do for a living--I tell them. Then they ask what I write and the conversation goes on until one of girls is so bored to tears she is hitting me to get me to stop talking. Maybe this person will remember my name and look me up on the Internet.
So, I can imagine that for writers who have already published books or whose first book is about to be published, promotion is even more overwhelming and important. Now I know why Pump Up Your Book Promotion has so many clients.
How can you promote your work properly and still have time to write? If you guys have any ideas, I would sure be willing to listen.