Promo Time

on December 16, 2011 in Misc

I am so obviously sliding downhill in these final days before Christmas as I frantically get errands and shopping and cleaning done when I’m not at work.  But now at least I can happily announce that I completed a couple small promotional projects for The Compass Master.

First off, I finally got a bookmark designed and printed.  Here’s what it looks like – isn’t it pretty?  I’ll be spreading a bunch  around to people and places in a minor first step to make the title and cover more visible.

The second project was to get Compass registered with Publishers Weekly for their next supplement (March 1, 2012) which will list self-published books.  The editors will also review at least 25 submissions, so of course I’m hoping that my tome will receive their PRAISE and ADMIRATION (this is me practicing positive thinking). The cost for this dubious privilege was $149.  Ouch.

As you know trailers are a hot promotional tool for a lot of writers and publishers, but up to this point I hadn’t even considered doing one.  Then I saw Ciara Knight’s cool home-made (you’d never know it) professional-looking trailer on Alex J. Cavanaugh’s blog.   That’s when I wondered if I could make one.  The weird thing is I’m really inclined to produce on the super cheap a longer, FUNNY video/ trailer, even though Compass is a serious thriller. Maybe because comedy sells.  Or maybe because this promotional stuff can get so tough and overwhelming that I just wanna have some fun.

In the meantime, hope y’all have some fun with your own writing and promoting.

10 Responses to “Promo Time”

  1. Bookmark looks good! You should try a video and have some fun with it.

  2. Helena says:

    Alex — I just might do that.

  3. Ciara Knight says:

    Love the bookmark. Isn’t it funny how we pay out more money after our books are published. Um…what happened to making lots of money once the book is release. :)

  4. Helena says:

    Ciara – Yes, it’s just hilarious how much we spend on our books. I never assumed that Compass would make me rich, but it’d be nice to SOME money!

  5. Old Kitty says:

    Yay for the bookmark – AWESOME!! I hope you get to spread these everywhere!

    Of course your book will be reviewed for Publisher’s Weekly!! Of course!! Good luck!! How exciting!

    Oooh hope you do get to do a trailler! Ciara’s post at Capn Alex’s was just so inspiring! Go for it! Take care

  6. Helena says:

    Old Kitty – Thanks so much for the good wishes! Since I’m not so good myself with visuals (I’m a word person), I’ll see if a couple artsy people I know can help me with one.

  7. Robert L. Read says:

    You could a woman dressed in black swinging on a climbing rope, riding a motorcycle, firing a crossbow, hanging from the balcony of a cathedral, etc.

    This has the advantage that, in darkness, maybe you can make it look pretty nice without the kind of high production value people usually expect — maybe you can be the actor.

  8. Helena says:

    Robert — Wow, and this could really appeal to my vanity. And I certainly look better and younger in the dark. Or I could use my great-looking young niece.

  9. The bookmark looks fantastic. I’m adding The Compass Master to my goodreads.

  10. Helena says:

    Michael — Thank you so much! And I love that you invited me to be your friend on GR.