I’m certainly no expert. But after five years of owning a store, I like to think I know a little about merchandising and marketing.
And that includes marketing me as a writer.
I’ve got this plan—it’s been a long range one but it’s there nevertheless. When I started writing, I had no credits which meant no credibility. Like a buyer who walks into a store and sees empty store shelves, if a publisher were to walk in and take a look at me, they wouldn’t see much of who I am or what I sell.
So in the past four plus years, I’ve been working at getting myself out there. First, I started writing for anything to get my credits built up. I wanted a nice resume to show when I submitted to the larger companies. I wrote and submitted until I finally picked up some better product to add to my shelf.
I have written two romance books at different times in my life with two different word counts so I can submit them more places. Now I’m working on a woman’s contemporary fiction that will give me a wider spread to market it rather than only to the romance publishers. I also hope it will give an agent a better sense of what I can do.
Finally, I’ve gotten my blog going and I just set up my Web site. I try to stay active on Face book and keep up with my e-mails and responses to others. I love doing that but it’s still a nice easy way to let others know I write.
Marketing takes time but it also means adding new product to your shelves. What have you recently added to yours?
(The picture is from Paradise, Tunk. PA. Thanks to Patti who owns it and is also my former partner. If you ever get a chance to go through NE PA, stop in and say hello!)