Monday, August 12, 2013

Marketing is Coming...

Before I start today, I have three announcements:

1) I've still only received a handful of paying forward prizes and I want to open the nominations next week. Please please please don't forget to volunteer!

2) Because my life is steadily becoming busier, I won't be doing the Word Master Challenge this month. Much as I love it, I just can't do everything at the same time.

3) Entries for my Crazy Goals Bloghop are still welcome. Any crazy/important goals are welcome.

And now, on with today's blog.

Marketing


Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Doorways (announcement about that coming soon) might be published sooner than I thought. It depends on a variety of factors, like when I'll have my tax stuff officially sorted out and how fast I'll be doing the final edits, but the release might be before the end of this year. Maybe. *crosses fingers*

Even though it might be later, though, I'm assuming it'll be sooner, which means I need to put together a marketing plan A.S.A.P.

Obviously, there will be bloghops and reviews, but I'm thinking a bit further ahead.

This book is part one of a series. It'll be kicking off, a series. As such, I'm going to brand and market the series. Yes, the book will be what draw people in, but I'm not doing multiple images for multiple titles. And because I'm the go big or go home type, I'm seeing graphic artists tomorrow to put together a kick-ass campaign.

Sound premature, maybe, but I want everything as ready as possible so that I can simply slot together everything I need to do a few weeks/months ahead of time. Hopefully, I'll generate enough buzz to get a nice debut release going. I'm hoping some of you will help.

More than that, I also need to figure out the timing of a few announcements. Like: The series title. And Doorways's real name. After all, the last thing I want to do is spam my bloggy friends.

Just hoping that everything goes smoothly from here...

Any advice from the veterans?

21 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Planning ahead is smart. As it gets closer to the release date, you'll find your time limited. Especially plan the blog tour as early as possible, as the best sites fill their dates early.

S.K. Anthony said...

I'm in the planning phases of my debut release as well so I feel you right now lol

So far your tour sounds exciting, graphic designs.. go big or go home... I LIKE IT! Count me in, I'll be happy to help when the time comes around. Go ahead and put my email down from now (sk@skanthony.com), so there, you have one person down lol

Best of luck :D

Suzanne said...

Happy to announce releases on my blog, although my number of followers is currently small compared to some - did you like the word currently? Ever the optimist :)
Suzanne @ Suzannes-Tribe

Suzanne Furness said...

Sounds like you have 'big' plans. Look forward to hearing more.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Glad you're going for it. I signed up for your goals bloghop today with a goal that was just an idea last week. Yes I am nuts.

Crystal Collier said...

Best of luck with the insanity. I'm a newb too, and here's hoping it doesn't kick our trashes, eh? Oh, but give me a heads up as soon as you have dates, because I'll totally reserve you a spot on my blog.

Aldrea Alien said...

*groan* I have to think about all this, too. And I'm publishing in March 2014. Seems so far away and close at the same time.

Medeia Sharif said...

I don't think it's premature at all. You'll get a lot done and be more prepared for what's to come. Other bloggers do linky lists and Google forms to see who's willing to promote them on their blogs.

J.L. Campbell said...

You're smart to get moving earlier, rather than later. You can't go wrong. I'll be happy to host you when you get there.

Wendy Ewurum said...

Oh wow, I plan to be part of the journey. I dont know how but I'll worm my way in.

Donna Hole said...

Awesome; it will be cool to see it in print.

.....dhole

Terry W. Ervin II said...

Never hurts to do a bit of planning and prep work before the big day and the days to follow.

Christine Rains said...

Good luck! It's definitely very good to plan early. The earlier the better to reserve dates with popular blogs.

Cherie Reich said...

Good luck! You can never plan early enough. And always be prepared for things to go wrong (posts not posted on time, etc.).

Carol Kilgore said...

You're doing it right. Plan as early as possible. The closer you get to release dates, the busier you will be.

unikorna said...

Woww congratssss and good luck with Doorways...I'd love to share it around when you release it :)...Lovely news.

Kim Van Sickler said...

I love your enthusiasm and your insistence on working out a game plan well ahead of time. Success will follow! :-)

Rachna Chhabria said...

I agree with Alex, planning ahead is a smart move. Good luck with Doorways.

Quanie Miller said...

I think you're on the right track with planning ahead. Also, if you're not on Goodreads already it's a great place to connect with readers and writers.

Madeleine Sara said...

You sound very organised Misha and good luck with it all. I will hop over and look at you blog hop soon.

M.L. Swift said...

Sounds like you're keeping busy with wonderful projects. Don't worry about taking off from the word challenge or other things...stacking too much on your plate is never a good thing. I'm excited for you, Misha!

M.L. Swift, Writer