Jamaica celebrated 50 years of independence yesterday. There was much fanfare and a host of activities surrounding the event. The athletes at the Olympics made the country doubly proud.
While celebrating, I’m cognizant that like Jamaica’s tagline ‘a nation on a mission’, I too have my own aim in view. In a few weeks, the Friendship-is-Forever Tour will be underway and there are things I still need to be put in place for that. I’m working on something that will complement the tour and I also want to wrap up my posts by the end of this week.
Something I’ll probably do is an ‘event’ on Facebook—another way of getting attention for the tour and Distraction. Don’t be surprised if you wind up on my ‘invite’ list.
While advertising Distraction didn’t pan out on Facebook, it’s still a useful tool. I’d encourage authors to open a Facebook page. It’s free (you can’t beat that) and it does make you more available to fans. A few readers have asked questions pertaining to other books I’ve written. I can keep them updated on when new books will be out and based on a question from one reader, I’m reminded that I need to be more focused on getting the sequel to Distraction finished in a timely manner. Most of all, it’s an easy way for readers to give feedback without writing a review.
I’ve deleted pages I had created for several books, since it’s much easier to maintain one page under my name. I also keep a separate personal page. My current masthead also serves as advertising, since the covers of my published books are displayed there.
Something to remember – do include all contact links at the end of your e-books. I’m assuming this is the main route through which readers have found me on Facebook.
I’m not sure how many writers with more than one published book have made use of Amazon’s Author Central feature. I’ve capitalized on it because it’s another place where readers can find my books listed together. Snippets from my blog posts also show up there. If you haven’t set up your books this way on Amazon as yet, go here.
That’s all from me for now. Do share any tips you have.