Join me while I pat myself on the back and put on my Planning Princess crown, simultaneously. Messed-Up Heroes book two is coming out, and I decided to to do the marketing differently this time. My day job is hopping, I have limited funds to use, so I have to make the most of my time and money. Here's my plan.
1. I'm going to embrace the joy of putting out a new book. Instead of viewing promotion as something I have to do, and feeling like I'm bothering people by asking them to buy my books, I'm adjusting my mindset. I get to tell people about my books. Readers are waiting for them and excited that I wrote them, and they're happy to purchase one.
2. No rushing with the publication date. My day job is super-busy right now, and I'm not going to spend every free second I have doing marketing. I want to plant tomatoes, clean my messy house, enjoy a movie with my honey, and have an Irish whiskey with my friend on St. Patrick's day. I'm giving myself enough time to do everything I want with the marketing, and still live my life.
3. I'll explore different options and exercise creativity. I'm a Planning Princess (who else packs their suitcase for a trip a week ahead?), and here's the perfect chance to use those skills, come up with great ideas, and have fun. I don't have a gazillion dollars to spend, so I've found promotional opportunities that will keep me in my budget.
4. I'm not going to worry. The beauty of being a Planning Princess is that things get taken care of ahead of time. I have a Plan of Action, so I won't wake up at two o'clock in the morning thinking of something I should do, or sit frantically at my computer spilling chili from my dinner on the keyboard, as I take care of last-minute details. Once an action item is on my Plan sheet, it will be done, so I don't need to stress out. I'm prepared!
The less stress in my life, the happier I am. The happier I am, the more smoothly life goes, and the faster the next book gets written. Yay!
The winner of my March contest was Janet M. Thanks to all who entered!