I'm excited to announce my novel "Homefront," originally self-published, has been picked up by a small trade publisher and is scheduled to release in Spring 2011 under a new title.
"Scheduled" is used loosely - the original schedule was for a Feb. 2011 release, but, as I imagine happens often, there were some conflicts. I suppose this is the way it goes. I have to admit accepting that someone else is making the decisions and setting the dates is hard to get used to when, as a self-published author, I'd been in control of everything.
Then again,being in control of everything has its drawbacks, because it means I'd also done the interior formatting myself (bad), the original cover myself (double bad), and had been trying to market myself in tough markets myself (slam! click!).
Now that there's a new release date somewhere out there in futureland, I realize it's time to get back into the online marketing scene, and that means tweeting and other "what am I supposed to say, here?" online networking tactics. For a minute, I wondered, "Do I really have to?" I'm horrible at tweeting. I understand I'm supposed to take on a certain "brand" for myself, but the two books I'm marketing - the novel, and "How to (Not) Have Children" (which the publisher also picked up)are vastly different. This means I'll probably have to create another twitter page - one for one book's author presence, and one for the other book. I simply can't figure out how else to braid together serious-minimalist-literary-writer with somewhat-more-fun-but-less-artistic-advocate-for-the-childfree-lifestyle.
Can you? (If you can, please send me a message. I'll love you forever.)
But, in answer to the question, "Do I have to?" I learned from the article "Should I Tweet?" by Betsy Lerner (from her book The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice for Writers (Revised and Updated for the 21st Century) that yes, I do have to. And if you're an author, so do you.
Causes Kristen Tsetsi Supports
Planned Parenthood, SPCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America