It used to be that authors wrote a book, sent to it their publishers and that was that. The publishers got the books printed, sent them in for reviews, did the publicity, and so forth. Often authors bought bookmarks and set up book signings, unless they were lucky enough to get live book tours and publicity packages arranged by their publishers' publicists. After that, authors could concentrate on getting another book ready.
Today's publishing world has dramatically changed. Many authors publish their own books, instead of relying on publishers to perform that chore. Those who self-publish work hard to get themselves known. Even those that don't self-publish are told by their publishers to get online and get noticed.
There are many ways to do so, but I'll mention just a few. As in the past, I'll ask three questions and offer my answers. Then it's your turn. As usual, if you answer one question, you're encouraged to expand on that answer. Otherwise, keep your answers short. Also, only one link to a blogspot or website, please.
Q: Do you have any blogs?
A: I have too many, probably. The ones I use the most are:
Double M, my personal blog, Make Mine Mystery, a group mystery writers' blog, Sweet Not Spicy, a host blog for sweet fiction authors, Acme Authors Link, a romance and mystery writers' group blog, Spunky Senior Authors and Talents, a host blog for those over 50, and The Blood-Red Pencil, this group blog. I also use Morgan's Book Links as a reference blog featuring my books.
Q:Have you ever been on a blog book tour?
A: I'm on a blog book tour which kicked off on June 4 for Corner Cafe, A Tasty Collection of Short Stories. My post is scheduled for June 14 on Helen Ginger's blog. I've also been on tours for my full length books: Two Wrongs, Girl of My Dreams, Killer Career and Forever Young: Blessing or Curse. The schedule for Forever Young is still posted in the sidebar at Double M.
Q:Have you ever formatted your own e-book, or had someone format one for you?
A: I had someone format Killer Career on Kindle, but did the Smashwords formatting myself. That was while my first two books, Two Wrongs and Girl of My Dreams were under a publishing contract. I then requested and received my rights back for those two books and set them up myself on Kindle and Smashwords. Surprisingly, Kindle wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. I also formatted Forever Young: Blessing or Curse for Kindle and Smashwords.
The more times you do it, the easier it becomes, but it does help to keep notes on what you do.
Now it's your turn. Please answer one or more of the above questions.
Morgan Mandel is a former President of Chicago-North RWA, the prior Library Liaison for Midwest MWA, belongs to EPIC & Sisters in Crime.
Her contributions to the Corner Cafe, A Tasty Collection of Short Stories are: The Closing of the Corner Cafe and What Nice Blessings.
Click http://morgansbooklinks.blogspot.com/ for Excerpts and Buy Links to all four of her full length novels.