My new business cards from Moo.com are so much fun! Love how they and their lovely card holders (which come free with the cards) are sourced from paper from sustainable forests and recycled pulp. Even the four, red order reference cards aren’t wasted. Instead, they have fun sayings on them like “I like your shoes.” I passed one on to our daughter (“You’re delightful.” ) and will give the other three to readers who want them at my next book signing: Indigo Books, Pointe Claire, Quebec, Saturday, October 4th! I’ll also be the guest author reading & signing books at Pincourt Library, QC, on Tuesday, November 4th.
I’ve put a photo of myself on my business cards for the past two years and have noticed it’s made a big difference in people finding my web sites and buying my books. Some people forget names – so a biz card with just a name on it doesn’t always jog their memory about, “who the heck handed me this card again?”
Think about it for your business cards!
By the way, I love your shoes!
You have to be creative and think outside the box (or, er, inside the tub) a lot when you’re a little-known author with a small, independent, Canadian publisher. As hard as it is to get new people to discover your work, you can’t give up. One technique not working? Try something new. Something different. You have to try things that you haven’t seen others doing yet.
When I self-published Three Spaces (2013), people were just getting into e-reading, but I wanted to encourage paperback sales, too. I was looking over my own book in the bath one night (I rarely re-read my own stuff but our daughter had handed me a copy, ‘Here Mommy, you should relax and read this!’ ) when hubby decided to take photos of me to be funny. I told him to delete them but he didn’t. So as much as you think it was an ingenious idea, it was rather accidental. When I looked at the photos later, I realized that in all except a few photos you’ll never see ;), everything that should be covered up was covered up in suds. I then had the idea that one or two of those photos would be perfect to share to encourage paperback sales ( ‘No ereaders in the tub’ was the slogan). The rest is literary history! (ha! not quite. but such a fun little campaign).
It worked well, and made such a fun business card; one that started many interesting! conversations with new readers. So, with the OK from my publisher Morning Rain Publishing, we decided to do a similar ‘bathtub shoot’ for Strangely Incredibly Good. This time around, I knew the photos would be posted, so I was much more shy. “Bill, am I all covered up? You sure?” He’d smirk and throw lots more suds at me, then shoot the photo. It was a lot of fun!
Since most of you have been following my blog for over five years now (Wow! Thanks!) I thought I’d present BOTH final photos (the one with the beer, and the one with the wine – told you I had fun shooting these photos!) here as well as one that had an Instagram filter added to it. Feel free to share them. In fact, I ask that you do!
Oh, and if you’ve read the book, please give it a brief review on Amazon and Goodreads. Even two words will do! Every review helps.
Thanks so much for reading.
The one with the beer – not photoshopped -
The one with the wine, with Instagram filter (wow! looks like it’s sunny in there now!):
The one with the wine, original unphotoshopped:
If you’re starting your holiday shopping for literary lovers on your list, I’ve got a deal for you all this month. Where the Butterflies Go, Leap and Three Spaces will be half-price if you order a signed copy in November 2013 (plus shipping to your city). So that’s $4 for a signed WTBG, $10 for a signed Leap (only 1 copy left! hurry!) $6 for Carry On Dancing, $7 for Three Spaces. Payment is by Paypal. If you order several copies I can of course give you a great deal on shipping. CONTACT ME email@example.com to arrange for your signed copy to be shipped to you!
For those who prefer ebooks, it’s also sales time for you. I’ve reduced Where The Butterflies Go, Three Spaces and my screenplay, The Friends I’ve Never Met, to just $1.99 all this month, on all ereaders – Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Sony, Apple iBooks and many more!
You’re creative. You can come up with 100 excuses why it’s not convenient to write.
The ‘y’ on your keyboard is missing. Jay Leno is on. Your cat named Jay Leno ate your keyboard.
The truth is, writing is damned inconvenient. It’s never convenient to have a plot or character bothering you when you’re supposed to be presenting Marketing for Morons to, well, morons, or explaining what that thing is between your nose and your upper lip to your eldest child while talking on the phone and making your youngest child a ham sandwich (ham and lettuce on the side).
It’s easy to find 100 excuses why it’s not convenient to write.
A writer finds 100 ways to fit writing into their inconvenient life.