Okay, so prepare yourself for me to talk about my books again. I swear I'm not trying to spam you here on the blog. But if you don't want to read about my promotional stuff for POSSESSION, you can stop reading now.
No one will blame you.
So last year, about this time, I had bookmarks made for POSSESSION. And stickers. And jewelry. I was planning countdown giveaways each month from March - May. I had forms made for ARC requests and for people who wanted to host me on their blog for the release.
This year, I have nothing. None of that. Not one thing. (Okay, I do have an ARC request form. But that's it!)
Is this what happens to the second book? Is it "second child syndrome"?
I don't know, but I do know one thing. With POSSESSION, I didn't want to look back and go "I could've done more."
I can do that. I can look back and go, "I did everything I could've possibly done to ensure the success of my book."
With SURRENDER, I almost want to do the exact opposite. That's right. DO NOTHING. I want to see if it makes a difference. Does the blog tour really matter? Do people really care about stickers and bookmarks and jewelry? Will my sales be affected because I didn't answer five thousand interview questions?
I have a theory about what makes books sell, and I want to do this experiment to see if I'm right. But I am a huge chicken (which is ironic, because I'm terrified of all feathered animals. Especially ducks and chickens).
I'm not sure I can do it. I'm not sure I can just sit back and DO NOTHING. I keep putting it off, but I know that unless I make a commitment, eventually I'll DO SOMETHING.
So...should I commit to doing nothing? What do you think about promotion these days? Blog tours? Swag? All that jazz?