Ciao, amici! These last two weeks have been busy, but oh so fun. It’s nice to step away from writing and editing now and then to work on interpersonal connections. And I’ve been doing just that—visiting old friends and making new ones as I promote Tortured Soul.
I’ve done my fair share of blurb/cover posts. That’s what many blog tour companies ask for. The problem with that is sameness. People see the same thing over and over and begin to ignore it.
That’s why I don’t do formal tours with a company anymore. I’ve tried it a couple of times with groups of authors, and it just becomes noise.
Although it’s more work, I created a different post for every author who welcomed me to his or her site. I did different blurbs and excerpts, interviews, posts on research and folklore. I even did one on marketing challenges where my muse kind of took over and stole the show.
In short, those posts were creative. They inspired visitors to follow me around to all the sites, and they begged for interaction. Hence the thought behind my quote of the week by Albert Einstein:
Creativity is intelligence having fun.
I make no claims about my intelligence. I’ll let my education and work history speak for me on that. (I’m willing to bet you all have an opinion on that, anyway!) But I do think it’s smart to not bore your reader. Not in your stories and not in your marketing.
Or maybe that’s more of a common sense thing. Either way, that’s my thought of the week. What’s your take on it?
And now, this week’s writing links…
Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:
- Visiting Friends and Talking About Tortured Soul, Day 5 | Me
- Tension Excerpt/Tortured Soul | Joan Hall
- Visiting Friends and Talking About Tortured Soul, Day 6 | Me
- Marketing and the Muse | Julie Holmes
- Copyright: Yea or Nay | Mae Clair
- Writing a Thoughtful Review | Me
- Friday Five: Name Generation | Me
Posts by others in the industry:
- YA Fiction | Re:Fiction
- Grow Your Audience | BookBub
- Creative Twists for Fresh Takes | The Write Practice
- Sympathy or Empathy | Standout Books
- Emotionally-Impactful Settings | Live Write Thrive
- Middles | Fiction University
- The YA Market | Azure Fire Publishing
- Incorporating Feedback | Morgan Hazelwood
- Building Your Brand | Fiction University
- Creating Monsters for Horror | The Write Practice
And when you’re done with these links, don’t forget to check out the sidebar, where you’ll find more links to some of my favorite sites.
Have a great weekend!