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We interrupt your regularly scheduled blog entry to bring you this announcement from Lisa Gardner. Kill a Friend; Maim a Buddy is on. What a great idea! 😎 (and yes, I killed a friend πŸ˜‰ )

I think group promo and (yes Annalee) tag-team promo is a great idea and lots of writers seem to be doing it.

From WriterBabes to Breakfast Bitches to Writeminded, Literarychicks , The Lipstick Chronicles, and even Muses . You’ll notice I have all the muses links on my sidebar (and if someone googles any of them, guess what’ll come up? πŸ˜€ ). Interestingly enough I did google BTM and I found the loop but NOT the website.

I don’t know WriterBabes or Breakfast Bitches well enough to know what they have in common. I’m hoping Shannon (from Breakfast Bitches) or one of the Writeminded chicks will pop up and tell us what brought them together (other than the fact that I think some or all of them are CP’s in the case of WM).

With Literary Chicks you get three chick lit authors. If you’re looking for one, you’ll find the others. I think it’s an effective way to cross promote three writers who write in the same genre and expose their readers to each other. Same for Lipstick Chronicles–they all write mysteries and if you haven’t checked out their blog, you really should. They’re a great group of ladies.

Behind the Muses doesn’t have a blog but we do have an email list. Unlike some of the blogs I listed above, BTM isn’t a group of writers in the same genre, but a group of writers in different genres (and writing at different heat levels). So again, we have a group of writers cross-exposing their readership. Does it work?……I guess we’ll find out πŸ™‚

I will say this, working a loop like BTM is hard work. But then, so is promo. Speaking of which, I’m tired. I did promo work today, updated the website, sent out a newsletter (and cooked dinner LOL). I still have edits to do πŸ˜₯

But first Tag-team Promo. I LIKE doing tag-team promo. I LIKE talking up another writer. I LIKE talking up great stuff I’ve read. This is something I’ve done with Raine for the last few months and it’s been a blast. We’ve interviewed each other’s characters (always fun) and I’ve even given away a copy of her latest release on my newslist. Never mind that we write in different genres :flirt:

A writer friend had this advice… Don’t give away free books. Do you agree? (I know Sasha doesn’t and neither do I πŸ˜‰ ). Don’t give away prizes you have to pay postage for. Do you agree? ( I don’t but my November contest will be a free one–a free book :D.). Don’t post more than 10% of your work on your website. I suck at math but I will say this–I don’t like long excerpts. What do you think?

Wanna play a game? Can anyone tell me how many writers and/or groups I’ve mentioned in this and the previous blog post? If you can, I’ll interview the first person with the right answer for a November 28 newsletter πŸ™‚

I guess I’m no closer to answers than I was when I started but it’s been an interesting couple of days. I’m gonna go rea–research. Yeah that’s it. Research for my next WIP :pimpn:

16 thoughts on “Tag You’re It

  1. Okay…I don’t know if you’re any closer to answers, but I do think putting the questions out there & getting SOME feedback has been invaluable. We’ve discussed this among ourselves & with other ‘struggling’ authors, & NOBODY seems to have an answer tailor-fitted to everyone. :dork:

    I’ll be watching to see how BTM goes for you all. I DO know that support is invaluable in this business.

    And just to voice a coupla quickie opinions on your other points…
    1) I HATE being bombarded by ads. Throw too many at me, & I’ll make a point of AVOIDING your work. :uzi:
    2) I’ve loved doing the character interviews. 😎
    3) I think it may actually be a GOOD thing to have a cp or ‘team’ partner who writes in a different style or genre. Unexpected feedback, less subliminal influence, & less chance of jealousy.
    4) I don’t like long excerpts. I’d rather have one or more short ones. And I don’t like excerpts that give EVERYTHING away. Tempt me, tease me to buy your book. :moon:

    That being said, I’ll add that I SUCK at promo, and honest to God wish I could just focus on the writing–not the business. But that’s just not the nature of the beast. πŸ™

  2. My answer would be 9 because I think you repeated a couple and I didn’t double count.

    But Lisa mentioned her contest at M&M and I’d forgotten, now I have to go check it out because I know the perfect someone. . . Two perfect . . . three perfect someones.

    About the group promo . . . I think it’s a great idea. It also helps take some of the pressures off you and still helps make people aware of you. I’d do it in a minute if I had a group to join.

  3. Breakfast Bitches…


    *g* The BB blog isn’t really about promo, per se. We’ve all just been friends for ages, and we’ll chat in the morning while getting ready for the work ahead (thus the Breakfast part *g*). I don’t work with CP’s because I’m a voice killer, but the Bitches are the women I bounce stuff off of and who kick me in the ass. The BB blog’s more or less meant to a fun, irreverent, bitchy blog away from each of our own individual blogs.

    It was a quiet morning and it seemed like the thing to do at the time. 😎

  4. I might be too late to enter, but I counted 18 writers and/or groups mentioned.

    And I got your newsletter with the new cover. Nice! πŸ™‚

  5. Winner in a few minutes–first I wanna reply since I didn’t get a chance to yesterday. I’m gonna reply to Raine in a brand new blog entry. 😎

    Annalee not sure if there’s a more proper term than tag-team but I like it πŸ˜‰

    Tess being part of the Trisk Blog definitely counts! Hey when’s your book gonna be released?

  6. I think it may actually be a GOOD thing to have a cp or Γ’β‚¬ΛœteamÒ€ℒ partner who writes in a different style or genre.

    I agree………I have a whole blog post coming on writing and critique partners. :poof:

  7. Amy I’m so glad you got the newsletter this time! It kept bouncing back to me! I LURVE MY COVER 😎

  8. Shannon I know it’s not deliberate promo but if one reader finds one of you, then they end up finding all of you, which I think is very cool. I don’t get over there to read every day but every time I see the logo on your blog I just grin :memememe:

    *voice killing?* You mean I’m not the only hard-ass critiquer out here? I wanna hear more about this :flirt: Bouncing stuff is good–raine has saved my plotless ass more times than I can count!

  9. Amy apparently you’re not too late! You are my winner!!!!!!!!! I’ll be getting a list of questions to you in the next couple of weeks for the interview :woot:

  10. As it happens, I’m one of the writerbabes (or the Erotic Romance Authors). We came together because we know each other and write for at least one publisher in common, Ellora’s Cave although many of us write for more than one.

    I also belong to Maverick Authors with two other authors who also happen to be dear friends. That is a group where we came together because of how we view writing in general and becuase we’re all goofy, too.

    Group promo is fun for many reasons, I love talking to other writers, seeing what they do, watching how they manage their careers and the process of writing. I’ve learned a lot that way. It’s also nice to share the work and the readers.

    Oh, and I give out books as promos and it hasn’t hurt my sales at all, in fact, many of those people come back for more. With giving away books, I like to look at it as a big picture thing – I’m creating a long term relationship with readers by introducing them to my work in a tangible way.

    Oh and I’m long winded, LOL! Sorry about this long reply.