I haven’t posted any blogs for the last three weeks, went
back to Illinois, had a book signing in Galena, visits with friends, and Printers
Row in Chicago.
The best moment at Printers was when a woman who bought A Hotel in Paris on Saturday, came back
for A Hotel in Bath on Sunday, and
took information on A Hotel inVenice, scheduled for release later this
Working on the release details for A Hotel in Venice, I wonder if offering the first book in a
series free on Kindle is worthwhile. I know it’s important to build name
recognition, and increased long term readership, but do people that download the
books for free actually even read them?
I’ve heard pros and cons about the free promotion and tried
it twice-not sure it was worth it.I do like the idea of posting quotes from the
book on Twitter and Facebook.
My little niche market is growing, and I’ve been told by readers
that they love my art world, and while reading my books they have learned a little
about art. That pleased me more than anything.I always tell anyone who will listen, art is everywhere we turn, and
that it is highly therapeutic.
Price is important too, a reader is more likelyto give a midlist author a chance if the book
is priced reasonably, a dollar, two, three or four-the price of coffee depending
on what you buy. I’d never say substitute coffee for a book, after all my
heroine is addicted to the brew as is her creator-but...
Back home and my normal schedule, I stepped out of my
comfort zone, and finished a first draft of a thriller sans romance. I was asked to
do it, and before I knew it I was writing the story.