This month's Writer's Reveal topic is "advertising."
I'm really not a fan of advertising. I don't like watching advertisements on the television. I don't like getting advertisements in my e-mail inbox. I don't like those advertisements that show up on Facebook. I really, really hate SPAM.
How then, am I supposed to "sell" my books? If I don't like advertising, then what am I supposed to do in order to insure that people hear about my books or find out about my blog posts?
Honestly, I have no idea. I post about them on my blogs, but,as they are my blogs, my readers expect to read about my books from time to time. I have links to my books or my blogs in my e-mail signature.
I might mention my books and blogs to my friends sometimes, on Facebook, Twitter and in real life, but I make sure not to mention them too often. After all, I have the friends that I have because I LIKE them, and, I hope, they like me. The only way for this mutual like to happen is for us to know a lot about one another and to share things with each other. I share about my interests, about my family and about the things that make me ME. I share about my life more than I share about my books.
I share my friends' books and blog posts, because I know that they probably encounter the same difficulties with this whole "advertising" thing that I do. And sometimes, they share my books with their friends, or they share my blog posts.
But this "advertising" thing? It's not really for me.
What's your answer to the subject of advertising and how to get the word out about your writing?
And now, with that topic dealt with above, I am going to "advertise" two writing challenges that I run, one in March and one in April.
Find the Writer's Reveal topic covered in other Writer's Reveal blog posts at these blogs:
- Melissa Writes
- The Wolf's Den
- A Parenting Life
- You Learn Something New Every Day
- Have a Laugh on Me
- J.F. Gibson, writer