Susan Rae—Sizzling Suspense: Returning to the Scene of the Crime, or Promotion 101
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And now for my blog:Returning to the Scene of the Crime, or Promotion 101
In Freefall, my hero and heroine travel to Door county to track down a lead in the attempted murder plot, and they find much more than they bargained for. I set the novel in Door county, because it is one of my favorite places to vacation—great big blue skies, cliffs of the Niagra Escarpment overlooking the sparkling waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan, wonderful lighthouses, and, yes, golf courses. I thought the idylic setting a perfect place for murder.
Going back on vacation, I knew I needed to use some of the time to promote Freefall, but, since it is an ebook, it was a bit challenging. You can’t exactly schedule book signings when you don’t have the physical book to sign. So I went back to the basic principle of promotion, or what I call, Promotion 101—talk the book up, not necessarily myself. Tell just two people, then two more people, then two more people, and if you get them excited about it, perhaps they will tell two more people and so on and so on.
But how to approach this without being rude? To start off, I had business cards made when Freefall was released. Very simply, on one side is a section of the cover showing a plane in distress with the title, Freefall,the tag, Sizzling Suspense from Susan Rae, and the QR code for my web site. On the flip side is a section of the cover of my first novel, Heartbeats, with the tag, 4 stars—RT Magazine, and my web address www.susanrae.com.
Anyway, a little more challenging is approaching people at dinner, but my husband dared me to approach a table of six women, two tables over, who had finished their dinner and were passing an Ipad around while they chatted. I didn’t want to be rude, but, it was a dare…so, I took a few cards out of my purse, very nicely approached them and asked if they read books on the Ipad. Well, they did, and a very nice conversation ensued where I introduced myself and asked if they would like a card, and I explained a little about my book and the web site. They asked some questions about writing, which I was very happy to answer, then I quickly excused myself as to not be too intrusive.
So, there you have it, Returning to the Scene of the Crime, or Promotion 101. A fun combination of work and play. And I’d like to send a special thank you out to all those people I spoke to for your interest in my work!
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What a great blog hop so much fun thanks for taking part!
Hi!! Happy Anniversary! Very awesome! Thanks for letting us celebrate with you! And thank you for the fun hop and giveaway!! Many blessings to you!
A very interesting idea for promoting your book! I’d have chickened out of the dare though! LOL
Thanks all for your comments! Today is the last day of the hop. I will be announcing later who the winner of freefall is! And yes, my very favorite place to vacation is the beach, preferably the ocean. I love the outerbanks of North Carolina. Being in the Midwest, though, Door County is a good substitute.
And I do like the idea of handing the cards out at libraries and books stores, etc. I think I’ll get right on that!
The cards are a great idea for promotion. Have you thought about leaving some at libraries or bookstores? Or maybe giving some to friends so that they can give them to people they know who are readers.
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My favorite place to vacation is Florida. We stay at a very small hotel on Casey Key which is on the gulf coast. The hotel is on the beach and it’s very private. Not crowded and very relaxing. I could sit and watch the waves forever.
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I love that kind of low key promotion. I’m not an author, but I’m very much an introvert and know I would have trouble with doing that kind of self-promotion. It sounds like you handled it in a graceful way.
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Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
Favorite place to vacation, any beach (I’m not particular) just love to walk in the sand as well as jump the waves.
Great place to visit! Great book! Good luck!
Fabulous advice for ebook promotion – thank you so much for sharing that! Wishing you continued success with your writing and thank you for the opportunity to gain another entry in the contest!
Like the sound of your book, my husband keeps telling me we have to go vacation there, he has many happy memories of visiting there as a youngster.
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Good job, Susan! I need to get up to the Finger Lakes in New York when mine is released and do the same thing. I LOVE it there (thus my setting). 😀
Thanks, Mary Jo!
Your book sounds great.