Sunday, October 12, 2008

More Shameless Promotion (Does She Ever Stop?)

Do I have a choice?
From what I can see, authors have to promote all the time. But it does take a toll on your writing.
Just this past week, historical romance superstar Loretta Chase left the Word Wenches blog so she could have more time for writing. As sorry as I am to see her go, I understand her dilemma. Although she is a wildly popular author, she has to keep writing books people want to buy. Good writing takes time. Writing blog entries can suck up a lot of that time, and you're not getting paid for it.
Lest we forget, the purpose of a writer's blog is to sell books. In my August 10, 2008 post I talked about how saturated the web is with blogs. They may not be as effective now as they once were, and an author could hurt herself if she lets her book suffer because she spends her time blogging.
But I'm a newbie, and I have to learn about promotion. Six months ago I knew next to nothing about it. Then I had this blog, but hadn't yet written a post. I didn't have a website, or know what myspace was, or how to upload a picture. I still have to work on the pictures, but I'm a whole lot farther than I was.
I'm trying. I certainly hope some of this stuff works.

Thank you all,


Helen Hardt said...

Hi Linda, it's so hard to know how much or how little to promote. It's easy to get caught up in the world of blogging, myspace, the loops, etc. and neglect your writing. I know I've done this. Some days, noon creeps up on me and I'm still going through loop emails... Those are the times when everything else seems more important than getting to my WIP.

It was great to see you at my blog! Are you doing NaNo? If so, be sure to add me as a writing buddy. You can find me as Helen Hardt.

Enjoy your Sunday!


Linda Banche said...

Hi Helen, thanks for stopping over. Yes, I'm doing NaNoWriMo, and I added you as a buddy.

Kaye Manro said...

Hi Linda!

Blogging and other stuff can suck up your time for sure. I've been so busy lately that I've let being online and connecting with others lag. But I'm trying to make a balance. It's not always easy.