Well, I knew having a book about to launch was going to be busy. Just how much busy it was going to be I had no real idea. But I’m enjoying the process, so I don’t really mind.
I just thought I’d share some of the things I’ve been up to, just to as annoying as a mad bee, you know.
I’ve been thinking about setting up an official website for a while, but I had put it off because, well, I suppose I didn’t really need it since The Old Shelter gives me everything I need. But with a book out I thought having a website would be handy, because all about the story will go there. Including all about the promotion side of it, because I don’t want to clatter The Old Shelter with that.
So, if you want to stay informed about what I’m up to with my story, that’s probably the best place (though I keep everyone posted in here too, I promise).
I’ll tell you the truth, I love Pinterest. It’s the first social media I joined and still one of my very fevourite together with Twitter. So of course it has always been on my mind to have a board for my story when the time comes.
And here it is. Go ahead and have a look at it. I love storyboard boards.
Maybe have a look at my profile too? There are a few 1920s boards and a couple devoted to dieselpunk. You never know, you might find something you like.
And hey, if you are on Pinterest, leave a note in the comment. I want to know!
Now, I’m a Instagram too, but honestly I can’t figure out how to use it. At least, not as an author. You can’t link anything. You have to rely on pictures alone, but I don’t see it working as Pinterest works.
There’s seem to be a lot of debate out there whether Instagram makes sense for authors. I can see why. Some people seem to think Instagram is a good possibility, and it sure is, but I still have to find an author account and think: oh right, my I get it!
Any of you use it and enjoy it?
Since we’ll taking social media, I’ll mention I also have a Google Plus page for The Old Shelter where I share posts from here but also nice articles about Twenties life and dieselpunk in general. I’ve come to the conclusion people interested in what I am interested don’t hang out on Google Plus, but, well, I like it and I’ll keep going, so if anyone what to join…
This is what has taken up most of my time lately.
I discovered blog tours last year and I participated in one as a host (you might remember my post about Maud’s Line) and I so enjoyed the experience I decided I wanted to have my own when the time comes.
Now you can have a company organising your blog tour, there are quite a few of them out there. It will cost you money. I mean, it will cost you money.
One of my friends, Nicholas, suggested to organised my own tour instead, with my own people. He pointed out that it is a lot of work, but it’s generally more effective. I had been on the fence about it, because you know, how do you go about organising a blog tour when you have just participated to one as a host? But Nicholas’s advice nudged me that direction and I’m so happy I decided on that course of action because, yes, it’s a lot of work, but it’s a lot of fun too!
And I want to thank everyone who accepted to participate. I’m so overwhelmed with all the support I’m receiving from all of you, it really is something that’s worth the whole experience. I would suggest everyone to organise their own blog tour at least once, because it lifts your spirits. It truly does in spite of the effort you must put in it.
The tour will start on Thursday, and no worry, I’ll post the entire list of blogs and add links as they go live. There will be interviews and reviews and posts about the Twenties and dieselpunk, both by me and by friends. I hope you’ll enjoy it.
So here you go.
I hoped I’d be able to announce a new PDF for the newsletter, but alas, not yet. But I’ll be sure to get that ready as soon as I can.
And while we’re here making announcement, have a look to my sidebar, there are a few things I’m involved in that you might want to join. First up will be the Reading Ireland Month in March. My attachment to Ireland is hardly a secret, so I’m sure you won’t be surprised about my participation. Then the AtoZ Challenge in April. If you’re on the fence whether to participate, just do it! It’s so much fun! And there’s the Retelling Challenge too. That’s a year-long reading challenge dedicated to retelling of fairy tales and other classic stories. I normally avoid reading challenges because I’m such a slow reader (TBR list, I’m not looking at you. I am not looking at you!), but his is one year long, even I may achieve something with it.
And last but not least, here’s my first quote from my book.
I love quotes, so I’m planning to do a lot more of these, and I’ll put them on my media kit page, you know, in case you fancy sharing them (eh! eh!)
I did this with PhotoShop, but I hear Canva is handy for such jobs. Actually, I tried and left it. Any of you have tips on how to use it for quotes? Yes, I know Canva is supposed to be easier to use than PhotoShop… but I’m strange like that.
And this is all… for now. Let me go back to a few blog tour entries that are waiting for me.
Hope to see you on Thursday!
The book is not currently on Amazon but is available for Kindle via my site