What does sending a new book out into the world entail? A lot of hits and misses. Comedy of errors. Insert favorite cliché.
It also involves marketing, which I am learning about at headache-inducing speed. But that’s apparently what we’re supposed to do while having a book on pre-order, and ahead of release date. Luckily, I find this new, enthralling dance fun. So far, anyway.
While going through the ‘to-do’ list ahead of release, I started with goodreads and updated my profile, as instructed.
Voila. So easy, I thought, let’s explore the site.
As I clicked away, there was a part about inviting folks to my page/book, so I clicked and it opened my gmail contacts. I clicked okay, and before I knew it an email was sent to everyone on my gmail contact list, with this message: “check out my book.”
I hate spam. So, if any of you were affected by this oversight, ignore and forgive me. I’m still learning the ropes.
Next on the ‘to-do’ list was a twitter chat. If someone had articulated this term to me last year, I would’ve shaken my head at the weird word combinations.
Luckily, I have heard of twitter chats when we chatted our hearts away ahead of the blogging challenge. Thank God for blogging.
Fine, I replied. I will chat on twitter, if you want me to.
An hour later, another message: Okay, you’re on for our twitter chat, Friday March 13th (why Fri. the 13th, of all days?) at 8:30 Central, 9:30 Eastern. Meaning 6:30 AM my time in CA.
Is there no end in sight to this strangeness, you ask?
No idea. What I do know is that I have a hashtag for tomorrow’s twitter chat, which is #StrangerorFriend. If you happen to be at your computer, and feel like stopping by, come chat with me and my publisher on twitter. It’s something like a short, informal Q&A.
I’m afraid to look at the next item on my ‘to-do’ list.