So the deed is done! I have sent my email (somewhat spam like) to pretty much all of my email contacts. Only 6 delivery failures so I am hoping this email gets forwarded as much as possible. Apparently we are all connected by 6 people so lets see if the six degrees of separation works and if you get this email too! If you do please le me know- that would be an interesting experiment in itself. Although how many people will just bin it in any case?! Who knows. I have put my blog details on it (as well as finally managing to create a hyperlink to my Yudu published chapter) so lets see if the traffic increases on my blog site. I have also added a much needed signature to my yahoo email account that gives people the details of my book. If only I could do that with my work one as well!
I do hope it works. I think that’s it for marketing Goa Traffic for a while. I am going to give it at least a two week break. This is solely to refresh my mind and perhaps think of new marketing ploys. On a final note – I have just seen my proof for the Goa Traffic- India version- It does not look as good as the one I have done here- but the distribution channels are set up and I can see it appealing to tourists so lets see how that goes. I envision it will be out in a couple of months. Either way I need a break from marketing and I need to give my new novel, The Book Club, some more attention.
I emailed off my first chapter of The Book Club (warts and all) to someone in my writing group that has given it a great review and thinks it will be looked upon favourably. It is a good opener- even if I do say so myself- but it is a long way from completion. At my last writing group though they tore into my psychiatrist scene! I know I should go and visit one to see what they are actually like- In fact that is now on my list of things to do (I’ll let you know how it goes- a bit worried I may actually find it helpful) – basically I need to read through this first draft. I started yesterday but with all my Yudu-ing and sending out emails, it got put to the side. I really want to have a first read through and make any changes by the end of July. Then it will be ready for its first viewing- my mother and mother in law and a good friend that reads and then the changing and adding and subtracting and fleshing out this skeleton piece will really happen. I reckon this process to get to a complete third draft – will take the best part of the rest of this year. I am hoping to have it ready for December.
Any new author will tell you – writing can be very disheartening and for the last couple of weeks I have felt rather jaded. It is truly a passion but can be very frustrating and for women who are always their own biggest critiques it can be a bit depressing when you just want to tear up everything you have ever written.
Since the release of Goa Traffic - I feel my brain has been over-worked! I need a holiday for my mind, but all women will know this is a very hard thing to do. Maybe if I find the key to it I can write a book about it!!