Rebranding and Refocusing

Monday, July 28, 2014




One of the chief benefits of being an indie writer is the ability to switch things up and try new approaches if the old ones aren't working. To this end, I've had my covers for the Island Adventure Romance novels redone, so that they are readily identifiable as belonging to the same series. They aren't terribly imaginative, but they're fine for the job I want done. I haven't put them in this post, but they're in the sidebar so you'll know what I'm talking about. Plus, there's one or two that I'm keeping secret. Insert evil laugh here.

I've also realized that since the start of the year, my sales numbers have fallen off. Drastically. It's inevitable because I haven't done much in the promo department, and things are scheduled to get worse as the writing juices are pumping. If you're a writer you know what it means when that happens. It short, other things fall by the wayside.


 H.R. Sinclair wrote a post last week on the pros and cons of doing blog tours that inspired me, so I will be doing an Island Adventure Tour from October 20 - 31. As you might have guessed, I'll be touring all the books in the series, but not in one post and not on the same day/s. (She's also reminded me about my 2013 A-Z posts - Blog Tours from A-Z, which to date I've done nothing  about) Thanks, Holly!
There will be more to come later on all the fun activities surrounding the Island Adventure Romance tour. Don't worry, you won't be asked to do much beyond cutting and pasting information into your blog

At this point, I'm asking you to be part of this novel adventure by signing up on the Linky list below.

Thanks a million


23 comments:

  1. I know. Thanks so much, Alex. I appreciate your help.

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  2. That sounds like a creative way to do a tour.

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    1. I think Holly hit upon a good way of having a bit of variety in there.

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  3. Right now I'm writing and I haven't had the motivation to promote. Sometimes I wish I didn't have to. I do like your series covers.

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    1. Thanks, Clarissa. We're told the best way to promote is to have books to sell, but at the same time without blowing our trumpet, our books can slide into oblivion.

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  4. Changing things up to make them better is always a good plan. Sure I'm here through Oct. and will be glad to post something for you. I'll just need the post info early because I'm gone starting Nov. 1.

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    1. Thanks, Lee and no worries, I'll get the info to you early. Hope your tour is going well.

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  5. I'd love to help. I'm excited for you, Joy.

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    1. Thanks, Susan. I'm happy to have your help.

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  6. I signed up to help. Let me know if you need anything else, Joy!

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    1. Thanks a million, Mina. Glad you can help.

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  7. What a cool idea Joy! I notice some book tours are very successful while some are more challenging.

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  8. Thanks much, Mina.

    Maurice, Holly's suggestion is priceless. Gonna see how that goes.

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  9. Hi Joy, I'm on my phone so I can't link to your tour without hassle so I'll return on my laptop later to do so, so count me in. You know my opinion of blog tours now, and commenters have said how weird they are because they are the same. And when we participate we know it's because the author sends the stuff, no imagination necessary on the host's part. I will be looking for ways to mix it up...

    Can't see your covers either but will check them out later.

    Denise

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    1. Denise, thank you so much. As much as we feel a particular way about the promotional side of things, we still help because we know it's needed and that's what the community does. Thanks again.

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  11. I could very easily have missed this. Inbox me when you are needing a shout out. I am slow and sporadic, but always willing to help!

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    1. No worries. Same here, Elizabeth. Always late to the party.

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  12. I'm glad my idea spurred you on! I'm running my tour at the same time so we can start a blog tour high five at the end!

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    1. Thanks again, Holly. I'm glad I read that post on your blog.

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  13. Thanks for the link on blog tours! I enjoyed reading the comments and it's really got me thinking about how I'm going to do promo for my next project. Wishing you much success in your upcoming blog tour!

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