Let’s Talk with Debra H Goldstein

Gearing up
by Debra H. Goldstein

It’s coming!

Will I survive?

The mass market paperback and e-book versions of Two Bites Too Many, the second book in Kensington’s Sarah Blair cozy mystery series, have been available for preorder for several weeks, but today the book is in the store, the e-books will download, and preorder copies should be being received. I’m excited and scared. I thought the hard work was over – after all, I wrote the book, but now I need to publicize it, and also remember to mention that until October 1, the e-book version of the first book in the series, One Taste Too Many, is on sale for $1.99.

For a shy person who spent a lifetime as a judge deliberately flying under the radar, this is a daunting proposition. Consequently, I’ve been observing others to see if there is a persona I can adopt. Here’s what I’ve observed:

a) Master Promoter – so much in my face that I want to puke (not my style)
b) Promoting is Gauche – and that’s why nobody bought your books after your family and friends on release day (enough said)
c) Calm, Kind, and All Over the Place – Where do people like Maggie, Hank, Edith, and others I admire get all their energy from? Surely eating five crackers at a sitting isn’t the source. (Can’t be duplicated except the kindness each one offers other people)
d) Volunteer Persona – leaves no time for writing or personal work (can well understand that one)
e) Networker – relationship builder (good if combined with c and d but problematic with style a)
f) Nurturer – helps others (good when combined with elements of c, d, and e)
g) Stumbler – what will be will be, but I’ll try (a natural fit)

What I finally realized is that it isn’t the persona a writer adopts that is going to make a difference, but whether those of you who read any of our books enjoy them and recommend them to your friends, family, book groups, libraries, social media groups and anyone else you can think of. Most writers toil locked away from other people, putting heart and soul into their written work. We want you to like our words, to value us as we respect and value you, but even when we come out of our writing dungeons, we often are shy. We must force ourselves to overcome our instinctive introverted natures. It’s not an easy thing to do.

In the next few weeks, I hope you will read Two Bites Too Many and find it fun and enjoyable; but, more importantly, I hope you let me hear from you. I may not have the persona for PR, but I relish making new friends. That’s the case with most writers. As the song goes, “Make new friends, but keep the old.” Without you, our journey wouldn’t be worthwhile.

What do you think about interacting with authors? Did you ever e-mail one or attend a signing or panel program to see a favorite author?

Now that October has arrived: Our October contest is going on right now! Be sure to click over to enter. One winner is selected every month, on the 19th of the month, and the winner may select one mystery from the six in the prize vault. Click here.