It is one thing to write books. It is another thing to market and sell them.
I first sought out a website option that would be user-friendly for developing my business. There are many options, but I really like weebly.com and find it easy to navigate. I made the decision to purchase a personalized URL. My desire is to have a "social gathering place" for individuals who purposefully seek me out (or simply stumble on one of my social media outlets) to "hang out a bit". I am in the beginning states of building a comprehensive website where folks can follow my blog, link to and follow my Pinterest boards, FaceBook posts, Twitter feed, purchase my titles, and obtain engaging extension activities for my books!
Like the decision to self publish, there were decisions to make regarding social media. As I am a sales and marketing department of one, I must be a good steward of my time; balancing time to write and market my work. My gut tells me that with two books in publication and a third in process, I will need to begin spending about as much time marketing as I do writing... I recognize that social media is a powerful tool to reach many people and this is where I will mostly hang my hat. Because posting, blogging, tweeting, pinning, etc. take time, I will need to exercise care to maintain a balanced author life as writer and promoter....and ensure my life is balanced between my time writing and marketing and spending time with the people and activities that bring me great joy.
However, I value face to face interaction! I have done some work toward this end and will do much more. I am very excited to announce that I will be in the Children's Exhibitor area at the NC Bookmarks Festival on September 12, 2015! This is a huge honor and opportunity and I am grateful to be part of the largest book festival in the state.
Book signings, radio interviews, magazine articles, special events, and on and on...my task is before me and I embrace it. I am hopeful that on the heels of my first publishing endeavors I am very busy online and offline!!
I spent considerable time researching the pros and cons of converting my personal Pinterest account to a business account and decided it would be worth the investment of my time and energies to reclaim and build my following. Doing so meant I had to begin anew with zero followers, but I could purposefully set up all literacy-focused boards to provide meaningful ideas for teachers/parents/media specialists. This is another social space where I will be able to pin appropriate blogs, my books, and their extension activities! You can find me here: