Today, I've started Project Promotion, and I wanted to chronicle it through this blog. In the past, I've published poetry books, but now, I'm starting to live my dream, publishing book length ficiton. In the past year, my novel, Mann of War (with Oak Tree Press), and my short story collection, Let Us All Pray Now to Our Own Strange Gods (with World Parade Books) were both picked up. Not to mention another very, very short poetry collection Study Abroad (with Wormwood Chapbooks).
I've figured out a good deal of how to promote, but there are bits that are ellusive. And it's all well and good to say that I shouldn't worry about the promotion and just live for art, but those publishers have been good to me, and I need to be good back. Any writer with a work ethic needs to be dedicated to promoting his or her writing.
Anyway, right now, I'm trying to promote in seven different ways:
1. Online: On Meyers Briggs and other similar tests, I always score as an extrovert. I'm more extroverted than just about anyone I know. That makes being online really frustrating for me, but it's the best way to touch a lot of people, so here I go! I do love being alone when I write, so maybe I can find pleasure online too.
2. In Person Appearance: This is my natural strong spot. I'm a born teacher (also a professor at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut California). I will speak to anyone anywhere. My poetry career is a great teacher. Here's a youtube video of me if you're interested. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tewaKLDYA-Y There are more up of me on YouTube if you're more interested.
3. Publishing Stories and Poetry: I tend to do this a lot, but since I am publishing a mystery/crime novel now, I need to focus on mystery magazines as well.
4. Reviews by Other Writers: I guess that comes later when my novel and short story collection comes out.
5. Radio: I've been on the radio a few times, had my work read on the radio by Garrison Keillor once, but this all remains a big mystery to me. Part of my quest is to figure this out!
6. Television: Not sure how to do this, but I want my work to sell.
7. Newspaper: I don't think many young people are reading newspapers, but that doesn't mean they're dead. Not yet. I love them anyway. This is just another world I'll be figuring out in the next few months.
This is the list so far. Maybe it will grow.