Currently Reading: Wyoming. I'm nearly finished with the second story, Plains of Promises.
E-Book: Sweet Dreams, by Dakota Rebel. Was so busy this weekend, I didn't get a chance to start on it. Maybe later today!
Barb, March Madness is stretching into April. The Final Four, UNC, Kansas, Memphis, and UCLA battle it out next weekend for the final two slots. And then a week from today, April 7th, the final two teams will go head to head. And yes, I only picked 2 out of 4. Davidson put up a hell of a fight, losing by only 2 points! So kudos to them! Who will I pick? Tune in next weekend!
Attended a discussion on cultivating one's fan base. Admittedly, it wasn't much of a discussion; only 3 of us showed up. The only thing I learned was the suggestion of sending out a twice-yearly newsletter to everyone on my mailing list, and to include the Community Relations Managers of all bookstores I've frequented. I sort of send one out, via email. And BB Walter had an excellent idea (and I may have already mentioned this). She set out a sheet of paper attached to a clipboard and invited everyone to sign up for her newsletter. I may start doing this...by the end of the two hours, she had several names and email addresses!
Otherwise, I blog; I show up at chats to support my fellow authors; I held a contest last month. And whenever I have breaking news, or a signing is coming up, I send out a mass email to remind everyone I'm published and to please come and say hi. I unashamedly bribe children with M&Ms and Reecee Cups, so their adult companions will come over to my table! It didn't really work last Saturday, but it was wonderful at Christmas!
So what do you do to keep your name 'out there'? And do you think the chats help with sales? The general concensus last night was no, but I beg to differ. I know that's where my TBB list has a tendancy to grow and take on a life of its own. Case in point: Cindy Spencer Pape decided to list every single book she's written, and now my list is well over the 70 mark. And I had a reader contact me because the link I provided didn't work. So I know I've sold at least two books on chats!
Want to read a good rant? Go to http://www.ohgetagrip.blogspot.com/. I personally left 3 comments over there! Why 3? I hit 'send' too soon!