Wednesday, March 6, 2013

erm... if you don't mind... AGAIN


Hallo! Happy First Wednesday annallat, and Welcome to the Insecure Writer's Support Group.

My name is Hart.
[Hi, Hart]
And I've been a writer for going on 8 years...

*cough*

But what I'm feeling insecure about TODAY isn't the Writing, so much as the MARKETING...

You see, two months from tomorrow I have my SECOND book coming out. And when I had my FIRST coming out, I was all, like... well sure... I've been helping people out, so now I can ask them...

But see... THIS TIME, I already ASKED, and I'm feeling guilty about doing it again.

Especially as LAST TIME my track record had been really good being all networky myself, but I've had a helluva year...

And now my day job is being all time-sucky, so even though life is better, my time availability is not...

so I'm not feeling like I've quite pulled my weight helping everybody ELSE out this time around. PLUS... y'all already HELPED ME! ACK!


All this combo guilt, insecurity waffling means I haven't done a lot... I've set up my first signing/reading at Aunt Agatha's because Robin is so AMAZING and on top of things (she really is a superstar and if you live anywhere near Ann Arbor, you should buy your mysteries from her).

I'm not even sure what it is I want to do... Though MAYBE I could get some volunteers to share cover and blurb on April 2nd, as that is the B day for A to Z??? Begonia Bribe? See? Fits, right?


Don't forget to get around to our other insecure friends today, too!!!

33 comments:

Mark Means said...

I wasn't around for the first one, so you didn't ask me. That being the case, I'd be glad to post a little blurb and cover image for you. Just drop me a line (mmeans1(at)gmail(dot)com with the specifics.

Best of luck with it! :)

M.J. Fifield said...

You're always welcome to take over my blog for a day, if you'd like. I don't have anything scheduled yet for B day.

mjfifield (at) gmail

Trisha F said...

Well, in my case I have nothing to ask you to help with yet in return so you don't have to feel guilty about asking me. :) I'm happy to post for your launch or have you take over my blog or whatevah. :)

Amber T. Smith said...

Just poke me *coughs* when you need a shout out!! I'm in the same boat myself... I don't have nearly as many followers as you sseing as I let everything slide. Never really expected to have my book accepted, I suppose.

I reach more people via Twitter and FB, so I'll be happy to shout out there, and I'm sure I can come up with a bllog post or two for you. *winks*

Jessica Bell said...

Fancy doing a guest post for me for my Artist Unleashed weekly feature? My next available Wed is May 1st.

Jess Schira said...

I don't have the right set up to be of much use when it comes to marketing, but I'm happy to add the book to my to-read list, and the cover should pop up on my blog when I start reading it.

Best of luck!

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, you guys are amazing and fabulous!!!! Thank you so much! Will contact people one-on-one, but I SO appreciate it!!!

Diana Wilder said...

I'll be glad to on April 2. B day for sure and while I don't get much traffic (yet) every little bit helps. Send me the stuff.

Jan Morrison said...

Hey kiddo! Of course I'll do what I can - my best traffic is on fb and I'll post there and on my blog. I'll also order at my independent bookstore and perhaps my library?

Dru said...

You can do another guest post on dru's book musing. Plan to send you an invite in at end of March.

Dru

Al Diaz said...

I'm with Mark. It is the first time you ask Father Dragon so I'll be happy to spread the news for you. Just send me all details to veryultimatedragon at yahoo dot com and we're set. :)

Teresa Coltrin said...

Of course. Just send me the stuff. :)

Sarah Ahiers said...

Yeah i can see that striking up a worry. But seriously, we're all in the blogging biz to help each other out. Ask away!

j welling said...

Of course.

maryww said...

I have a book promotion tips series happening on my blog, The Militant Writer. If you want to contribute an item about how bloggers can help one another with book promotion, let me know. I don't do too much of that myself, so I can't report on it, but would be happy to have a guest contributor.

Stacy Gail said...

Put me down on your calendar as well! FYI, I'm at RT Con from April 30th through May 5th and I have a release date on May 27th, but beyond those actual dates I'll do whatever you want, whenever you want *coughs*. Just let me know! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hart, you have always helped me and been a good friend for years. My blog is always open.

Patricia Lynne said...

>.< I know exactly how you feel. My second book I lost touch when a bunch of people who helped me with the first book and I wasn't about to suddenly appear pleading for help. It just felt rude.

L.G. Smith said...

I'm planning on taking most of April off from the blog, but I think a BIG B Breakout Begonia Bribe Blog entry could be managed first. It is rather fitting for the A to Z challenge. :))

Better send an email reminder with the blurb details...

luanne g smith at yahoo dot com

Chris said...

I can totally relate to this but on a much smaller scale. You meet all these wonderful, helpful, supportive people here and they post on your blog or promote your work and then you realize that you haven't visited their blog in weeks, or you still haven't given them that feedback on their WiP that you promised. So I'd say that you should do what you can and don't worry if you can't get back to everyone because life happens and work/family/life comes first and if you responded to everyone's blogs/comments/requests you'd never get any of your own writing done...
but then I'd have to follow my own advice! :-)

Jill Haugh said...

Ooh! Sign me up!
I'd love to read it and do a review/and or interview Hart!
Just let me know...blurb, cover reveal...anything you need dear. After yesterday's post...I feel the need to lend a hand!
~Just Jill

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, man--you guys are so wonderful!!! I will get all the info and send emails in the next few days! THANK YOU!!!

M Pax said...

I'd be most glad to help... always. Just come poke at me.

Marketing makes us all feel insecure. It's tougher than writing the darn books. :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I can mention you on B day, Hart.

Helena said...

I am the worst writer in the world when it comes to marketing, so I have no advice to give BUT maybe I can help. Of course I'd love to give a big shout-out on The Begonia Bribe on my blog, and I'll be reading it and giving a review on Amazon and Goodreads etc. Let me know what else you need and I'll hop to it.

Heather M. Gardner said...

I'm not the best at interviews but I'd be happy to put your book up on the blog either on the sidebar or in a post.

We've all got to help each other, right?

Best of luck!

Heather

Karen Walker said...

Thanks so much for your very sage advice on my blog today, Hart. And please don't feel guilty. We all have these kinds of things and we all do the best we can. It's all we can ask of ourselves. Don't be afraid to ask. This community is awesome in its willingness to help others.
Karen

JenfromtheBlock said...

My blog's not built enough to be of any help to you, but you can certainly count on me for buying your entire series. They are lovely books. Plus, I'm talking you up among my friends...letting them know you're a Michigan writer and all that jazz! Good luck with the launch of B.B.

Tyrean Martinson said...

I'll post a cover reveal for you, and a blurb when you're ready! Let me know.

Damyanti said...

I'm no good at self promotion, but very eager to promote others -- hit me up if you want to guest, or do an interview, cover reveal-- whatever you prefer.

Damyanti
Co-host, A to Z Challenge 2013

Laura said...

Pick me! Pick me! I'll help!
Just let me know what you want to do and I'll do it - interview / reveal / dance routine...

Just shout!
Laura xxx

JMims said...

How in the world could I not? Please let me help you on this! I would absolutely love to!

LTM said...

Oh, me! me! me!!! *jumps up and down* *waves hand* I'll help! :o) <3