April 5 Question:
Have you taken advantage of the annual A to Z Challenge in terms of marketing, networking, publicity for your book? What were the results?
I first learned about this community of writers from the A to Z blog challenge around 5 years ago. I’d been a blogger for ages (LiveJournal represent!) but was new to connecting with writers. The challenge is to post every day in April with the A to Z prompts: April 1 = A, April 2 = B, etc. and to pick a theme. I did TV shows, women writers, and something else I’m already forgetting. I found it fun but a lot of work to create the posts.
I have not done A to Z since I’ve been published, and while I love this writing community, I focus my marketing efforts to reader spaces rather than to writers. I connect with readers on Instagram and some on twitter. Beyond that, Facebook groups and targeted advertising. I’m still new at this, so if you’re looking for marketing tips, I’ll have to refer you on to where I get my info. Ask in the comments!
So long story short, I stick with the IWSG community for the monthly blog post (like this) and the Facebook group, but as far as marketing, networking, publicity specifically for my book, not so much.
Since I have your attention….
Fun stuff announced recently:
- WELCOME HOME Young Adult anthology cover reveal! YA Books Central revealed the cover for the short story collection I’m a part of, all fictional stories involving adoption. Releases September 5, 2017 and there will be a book tour!
- Romance Writers of America RITA® Finalists revealed … and I’m one of them! I could barely believe the news myself and asked the board member who called me if she was sure I was on the list (she was sure). My YA romance ALTERATIONS is up for Best First Book. The big awards she-bang happens this July in Orlando (Disney!)
- The Sweethearts of YA group blog. A group of six YA authors are banding together to offer fun posts and prizes.