I’ve added two small excerpts from The Black Dragon to the website. You can find them here. The first was posted some time ago on Elektra’s Crapometer, the second–which you need to click “Read More” to get–hasn’t been posted anywhere before (it’s from Chapter Three). I may go in and change them next month–they’re each only one scene long, so I have plenty from the first three chapters to whet your appetites.
I’ve also made a little addendum to the cover post, so please check it out.
I’m setting up promo stuff for the book. I really, really loathe the process. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I quite enjoy doing the promo itself. I have two interviews set up (one at Fallen Angel Reviews for November, plus two chats there–23 September and 2 December, and the other interview, also in November, at the Historical Romance Club) and I’m very excited about doing them all. I’m booking ads at Smart Bitches, Historical Romance, FAR, and The Romance Studio and most of those sites should be doing reviews as well. So I’m way excited about the months of November and December. I’m excited about January when the Prince of Death ads and stuff come out, too (the FAR interview, chats, and ads will cover both books, and the Romance Studio stuff will deal with both as well. Historical Romance is obviously just for The Black Dragon. I’m also placing an ad (along with other Triskelion authors) for The Black Dragon in the Romantic Times magazine, which I’m really excited about–if they give it a good review (please dogs) that’s a real feather in my little peaked cap.
But I hate booking all the stuff. I never know what to say. “Hi, here I am. Please like me!” It’s harder too because I use a pseudonym (you guys didn’t think my real name was this cool, did you?) So I send all of this through my decemberquinn email, but some of the sites want my real name, so I never know how to sign my emails when I respond. Plus I have to send all Paypal stuff through my husba’ds Paypal account (because they won’t let you hook up more than one email addy to a bank account) so I’m forever having to send extra emails to explain why they think they don’t have my payment.
I always feel sort of silly and vaguely ashamed, begging to be allowed to feature my work. Maybe I still don’t believe this whole writing thing is actually working. Maybe I think people are going to think, “Oh, man, why does she keep pushing that terrible book on us?” I have no idea. I have confidence in my work but not in myself, I guess? I think as my work gets more and more notice and I make more sales (not that I’m burning up those bestseller lists by any stretch, mind, but I know I have at least one or two actual fans out there, which is a huge deal for me) I’m aware that there’s more to lose. Kind of pitiful, if you think about it, but true just the same. Nobody wants to be a one-hit or -book wonder.
Or I’m just unfamiliar with the process, which is entirely possible. I have a tendency to get snappish and wierd when I don’t know what I’m doing. Luckily this is all done by email so I can get snappish and wierd in private.
What promo works for you? What doesn’t work? Do you read reviews or pay attention to ads you see? What about an ad or interview makes you think, “I want to read that book?”
And the hubs and I have just had a five-minute conversation about how weak the English Blue’s Clues host is compared to the mighty Steve. How sad is that? A real, genuine, engrossing conversation about it.
So I think I’m done for the moment.