Writing and marketing your novel: A glimpse from the trenches

August 10, 2010

Day 57 of 365

Books sold so far (as of the end of May 2010, which is my first official month – sales reports in this industry lag big time!): 157

In this issue:


  • Writing topic – Get inspired by newspaper blogs
  • Marketing Topic –  Using Eventful.com to publicize events


Writing topic – Get inspired by newspaper blogs


We writers are always looking for fountains of inspiration, and for useful websites to help pump the plot primer inside out melons. Here’s one on my local newspaper’s website, the crime time blog. It’s comprised of all kinds of stories, both local and national, with enough details to keep the mystery writers out there in hog heaven for weeks, if not months. Newspapers might be on their last legs, but they continue to be great resources for the writing crowd. Enjoy!


Marketing Topic –  Using Eventful.com to publicize events


I have two signings this weekend, one at the Dallas Uptown Borders on Friday, Aug 13 from 5-7pm and the other at the Mesquite Borders on Saturday, Aug 14 from 3-5pm. As long as we’re talking shameless self promotion, I thought in addition to doing the usual news release to the local papers, I would also send event notices to eventful.com and the Dallas Observer, which is an alternative paper in Dallas. Both allow people to post event info free of charge, and you can always spruce up your ad if you cough up some scratch. I’ll be asking people at the signing how they found out about it to see if they saw it on one of these two sites. Regardless, I’ll continue to use these two sites for future signings. It takes but a minute to post the info and it seems like the kinds of sites the kids would frequent these days.  



The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step,

rest easy tonight my friends, but stay hungry tomorrow…