Ink has been spilled, teeth gnashed and hair pulled out by the roots in pursuit of the perfect way to promote books. Blogging and websites and contests and book-signings have all been touted then trashed, embraced or discarded altogether.
It’s a worthy pursuit, this race to see if we, the writers, can latch onto the perfect way to make you, the reader, absolutely love every story we tell, every word we write. And yet, the most basic truth is seldom discussed - story.
Story is the key. If our stories are filled with lyrical beauty and great characters who feel so real to the readers they can hardly wait to turn the page and find out what happens next, word will get around. Agents and editors and marketing professionals will adore the book. They’ll want to position it well in the bookstores so it has the best chance of getting into the hands of readers. Reviewers will heap accolades on our darlings so readers will have an irresistible urge to see for themselves what all the shouting is about.
And the readers – God bless them all! – will tell their friends, who will salivate to own a copy, perhaps find out where the author will appear next so that copy can be signed – a first edition, honest-to-goodness autographed novel that might someday be worth a hundred times the cover cost, or more.
Meanwhile, there’s that wonderful story between the pages of a lovely book just waiting to entertain you for hours. The joy of it all!
While it’s a good thing to have a presence through websites, blogging, a Facebook page, contests and book-signings where we get to chat with and be energized by our fans, it’s always good to get back to the office cocoon where there is nothing except the writer, the characters, the muse and the story. That’s where the magic takes place.
And if we write an enduring story, one that lives in the hearts of readers long after the last page has been turned, we should pat ourselves on the back and say, “Job well done.” We should take a bit of time off to go to the movies (I highly recommend Tangled. LOVE that sassy horse, Max), sit on the porch swing, sip a glass of wine, a cup of tea, a milkshake, pick flowers for our hair, dance in the moonlight. Even with snow on the ground. Especially with snow on the ground.
In what ways have you celebrated either reading or writing a good book?
Anna Michaels’ debut novel THE TENDER MERCY OF ROSES will be in bookstores everywhere May 17. She’s delighted to announce that early reviews are raves, and the book will be a Featured Alternate selection of the Literary Guild and Doubleday Bookclubs. Follow her at http://www.annamichaels.net/, on Facebook, and on her blog, Anna’s
(on her website). She also wants to say that she has danced in the moonlight and it did wonders for her mood. Not to mention that it entertained the neighbors. Magical Garden