Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Cringe Factor

Sunday already! Where has the weekend - never mind the week - gone?

I'm 20,000 words into my new novel, and trying to kickstart the promotion machine for 24 Hours: London. It definitely needs to be revved up a gear, but I'm finding it all slightly embarrassing. I'm learning it's hard to promote yourself (or your products). I used to work in PR, so I should find it easy. I had no problem ringing up the media regarding gigabit ethernet or semiconductors (really exciting stuff). So why do I find this difficult?

I need to get over myself and my (relatively false) modesty - because I do think it's a good book and I am proud of it! - and spread the word.

But if anyone out there has tips on how to promote your book without the cringe factor, I'd love to hear them!


Kate @ Très Lola said...

Hi Marsha

Have you stopped by recently? He has just released his book and is promoting it something chronic - you might be able to pick up a few ideas? I'll have to grab myself a copy, in the meantime, good luck with the promo!

Jas said...


Send out a few review copies, and be sure to try Cory Doctorow in London? Find a quirky angle he might like for your pitch?? Worth a shot!

Ask the Transit Museum gift shop if they'll stock the book?

Attach the book to carrier pigeons and see where they go! I got a million ideas! (ok, nix that last idea)

It's a great book, I just know it! Thanks for publishing it!

Marsha Moore said...

Thanks, guys! Great ideas. I have checked out Chris Brogan - his promotion is fierce. As for Cory Doctorow... as a fellow Canadian maybe he'll help me!

Thanks again!