Promotion. For some writers it is second nature, for others the mere mention of it induces hives and a nervous tick. Despite being in the latter category, I have attempted my best to promote, especially as I have my first book of a new Regency series being released next month (less than a month - gasp - twitch).
In my efforts to promote A Wedding in Springtime (which Publisher's Weekly gave a Starred Review, just in case you were wondering) I have been posting to facebook with more regularity. I posted when my book received a good review (another Starred Review from Booklist - just saying). I posted when I scheduled my book launch. I even posted when I needed help choosing a pet for my next hero. But my all-time most popular post was.... my puppy eating my story board.
Yes, here she is in all her ravenous glory, my four-month-old puppy chewing up my post-it note story board. Apparently, the most popular thing I can show is something akin to literary carnage. If my next book has holes in the plot - well, I think we all know who's to blame. Good thing puppies are cute. She chewed up my slippers tonight, perhaps I could take another picture for even greater exposure?
So this leaves me unsure how to promote A Wedding in Springtime (which my mother, who has not read it yet, is certain will be fabulous). Perhaps I should attempt to pair it with a picture of a cute puppy? Ok, so please look at the puppy, now at my book cover, back to the puppy, and now the cover. Does this fill you with a sudden compulsion to preorder my book? Yes, yes it does!
Does anyone have any other sure-fire ways to promote a book? Share them in the comments for a chance to win one destructo-beast puppy (ok, not really). Although I really did like those slippers...