Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Blog Chain - Marketing Me

Okay, so this round of the blog chain started with H.L. Dyer. I think she's trying to kill me. Or something. Then everyone else in the chain is just fabulous, leaving me to look and sound like a complete loozr. Posting before me was Abi. And up next is Terri.

So here goes...I feel like George Costanza.

Not in my real life, but in my writing life. Because I'm sort of in between manuscripts right now. At least I don't live with my parents.

I don't really know how to market my manuscript. I've made a (totally lame) book trailer for the novel I just shelved. I loved Jess's ideas on necklaces and perfumes, but I don't have anything like that. Then we had songs from Kat and that totally rocked my world. I don't really have anything at this point in my life. Christine had some great ideas, and I'm going to be checking out the books she mentioned. But other than that...

What I do have

I think I'm my best marketing tool. I'm on facebook, myspace, twitter, I have this blog, I've written articles, I contribute to the QueryTracker blog. I'm trying to get myself out there. I'm pretty real. What you see is generally what you get. I have a unique name, so it's easy to Google.

I'm trying to network. That's it. That's my marketing plan. Have a recognizable name with established avenues to promote my novel once it hits the shelf. So's a work in progress, just like everything else in my writing life.

What are you doing as far as marketing goes?


Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

I loved your line about you being your best marketing tool. That said, you're not a loser, or loozr even. :hug: You're doing the right thing by establishing an online presence. Hang in there!

Michelle D. Argyle said...

My marketing strategy is networking, as well. That's it.

And if you're a Seinfeld fan, I'm really looking forward to meeting with you. What day did we choose again? My brain forgot. *blushes*

I'm a HUGE Seinfeld fan. Hehe. "Next!"

Kathryn Hupp-Harris said...

Haven't we discussed this before? You're not a loozr. I image-Googled the word, and you didn't show up.

So, unless you're spelling it wrong . . . :-)

Establishing an online presence is huge! Keep it up.

Kate Karyus Quinn said...

I love <3 love <3 love where you say that the marketing just like the writing is a WIP. Yes. Totally. I couldn't agree more. Also, I think you already have a pretty awesome head start!

Michelle McLean said...

you are sooo not a loser, loozr or (my verification word) ludrot (is that like a loser robot?) You are made of awesomeness and I think networking is a really good way to market yourself. Word of mouth has always been one of THE best ways to get your product out just keep doing what you are doing, cause you rock at it :)

Anonymous said...

You are definitely your best, first marketing tool cuz YOU.ARE.SO.COOL.....

I think you are destined for great things, so you better get comfortable putting yourself out there...more of that in your future I bet!!!

TerriRainer said...

You're a step ahead of at least have a trailer.

So no matter how behind the curve you feel, just look over your shoulder, and there I'll be bringing up the rear!

:) Terri

Anonymous said...

Oh, you have to love Seinfeld! Networking is a great place to start, Elana. :)

Carolyn Kaufman | @CMKaufman said...

You underestimate the power of your kewlness factor, dearling. And networking is one of the greatest joys of the internet!

Ooh, my word is barmilly

H. L. Dyer said...

You are, hands down, the best marketing tool you could hope for. And I *swear* I'm not trying to kill you... I'd miss you too much. *snort*

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