I thought writing was hard--until I started to promote my book. Wow. This has been mind-boggling difficult, but I've learned a lot. Promoting an ebook is very different than promoting a print book in a lot of ways. For years I have studied how to market a regular book because that was where I was headed. Now I have to totally rethink this whole thing.
I won't be having a book signing in a store or going on one of the local morning shows to talk about my book. Instead, I'm trying to set up interviews on other blogs, guest posts, maybe even a blog tour. Honestly, up until three days ago I didn't even know what a blog tour was.
Back when I got published with Harlequin Intrigue, I didn't bother to promote the book. Harlequin is well known. My book automatically went to several big name stores. I got to concentrate on writing.
This whole ebook thing has turned my life upside-down. I haven't been able to write for weeks because I've been researching how to market my book, setting up this site, joining forums and answering questions for other people so I can develop a relationship with them. I feel like I am going up to everyone in America a person at a time, tapping them on the shoulder and saying, "Hey, would you like to read my book?"