February 28, 2014

Preparing for my next book launch

Last year as I was preparing to launch The City Center, I read every article on the internet about marketing and launching a book. I created multiple lists, timelines, calendars and a very detailed marketing plan. The marketing portion of my book launch took up as much time as writing the book itself. The first time around for most things requires some digging, trudging and the dreaded trial and error. I still haven't made back the money I spent on my marketing efforts with my book sales. But that's okay, I know this is a marathon. I'm in it for the long haul.

As I'm nearing the final rounds of edits for The New Agenda, there's an under current of anxiety growing inside. I haven't put together my plan yet! The only items on my calendar are "send out review request emails" and "book launch". I wish it could be as easy as sending out 800 emails (ha!), but it's not. I know from experience if I want to have a successful launch, I'll need to devote some time and energy toward my planning.

For my next series of blog installments I think I'll write about my marketing plan, focusing on one step at a time. Kinda like a support group. . . "I'm Simone and I'm a writer."

Next Step:
- Schedule an appointment to write the first draft of my marketing plan Due: 3/4

Keep writing. It saves lives.

February 18, 2014

Write down your story ideas

Code Name: Ellie Hollins Chattaoway

Date of Birth: June 15, 1870

Age: 20

Place of Birth: Kingston, ON

Occupation: Time Traveler

Meet Ellie, a time traveler who's never on time.

Hello! I'm Ellie. You'll have to forgive me, I usually don't look like this. White doesn't agree with my skin tone. Nor do I approve of a woman's knees being out in plain view. I think they should be kept under layers of fabric. Also, I'd like to note this abominable polyester material gives me a rash. I really don't hold much regard for the 1970s. Such a horrible time for fashion. But I very well can't walk into George Washington Hospital wearing a tulip bell skirt and a straw hat. Oh, I do apologize, but I must place you on hold––my case assignment has just entered the scene . . .

"Hello, Dr. Ashmore. I'm Ellie Hollins Chattaoway, I'll be assigned to you for the next few days."

"Pleasure to meet you, Ms. Chattaoway. Are you my new nurse?"

"Yes, doctor. I'm here to help you with a patient of yours named Melanie Palmer. She's been on the wait list for a new kidney and I'm here to help you obtain one."

"Oh, dear. I'm sorry, Ms. - what was your name?"

"Ellie Hollins Chattaoway."

"Yes, well, Ms. Chattaoway, I'm regret to inform you that Melanie Palmer passed away yesterday. I'm afraid you're a bit late."

Okay, I know what you're thinking: I'm a time traveler, can't I just get into my time machine and go back a few days and start over? You think this would be the case. After all, I have a bloody TIME MACHINE. However, the system is not set up that way. For some ridiculous reason, I only get one chance per each case assignment. In most instances my tardiness isn't so devastating––not everyone dies. But my silly little problem with not showing up on time usually complicates matters. I'm working on it. Really I am. This time and space continuum stuff can be a bit thorny.

Stay tuned for more on Ellie––I'm late for an appointment . . .

Keep writing. It saves lives.

February 2, 2014

Are book trailers worth it?

It's up for debate if writers should spend money on having a book trailer made. In my opinion, which I try to keep humble, I say, why not give it a try. It can't hurt.

Without further ado, here's the book trailer for THE CITY CENTER:


Keep writing. It saves lives.