Thursday, May 5, 2011

Hopping (late) onto the Author Blog Hop

THIS WEEK'S AUTHOR BLOG HOP QUESTION IS:
What lengths would you go to, to get noticed as an author/writer? Have you ever, or can you come up with the most extreme idea you can push your imagination to in how to market yourself and your book? (Or future unpublished book if you are not already published). Maybe what seems too extreme or whacky might actually work... Lets have fun and think outside the box for this!
Question provided by affiliate author Karen Cote.

Great question, Karen. Wish I had a really great answer! Marketing's one of my worst skills. Extreme marketing is beyond me. The wackiest thing I thought of was wearing a sandwich board outside a cafe where I had a booksigning to lure in people from the street, and maybe catching them on camera for an Author-in-the-Street poll. But I couldn't make the sandwich board in time, lol.

For an upcoming release, I had thought of something unusual. Rock Bottom is a contemporary romance about a rock star and music journalist, and while writing it, I could very clearly hear the songs in my head. I'd love to make a music CD or YouTube video to coincide with the release in June. Anyone know a musician who's willing to donate some time? lol Actually, I'd love to have Steve Miller, if anyone has an 'in' with him!

Last year, I did something a little crazy - my hubby and I went to a Spoon concert, and had won a backstage visit with them. I gave a copy of Surfacing to the lead singer, Britt Daniels. I never heard anything more, so he probably tossed it in a trash can, lol.

Seriously, though - I've done all the blog tours, interviews, chats, book trailers, and the usual. I may have forgotten to take off my Internet cloak of invisibility beforehand, because I don't think anyone noticed!

I'd welcome any extreme ideas, especially if it got Oprah's notice!

2 comments:

diannehartsock said...

I'm starting on my very first blog tour EVER on May 16th for my M/M romance, Shelton in Love. http://bit.ly/gA4pUd Wonder if anyone has a good 'visibility' potion I could take? :)

Pamela Beason said...

I'm a private investigator as well as a romance and mystery author, so naturally my first thought for publicity was to commit an outrageous crime to get myself noticed. So far I have managed to resist that impulse. (Thank goodness.)