The research to find out how to self-publish was not nearly as fun as the research had been for Lena, but it was as necessary. The amazingly insightful and talented women on the Women Writing the West List-Serve don’t know how much they inspired and helped me. What I learned from them is that it is entirely possible to take charge of your publications and promotions, and that there are kind people willing to offer aid and comfort.
Sadly, I am not naturally or comfortably an advertisement for myself. I published with Outskirts Press, I filled out the Amazon author page, I notified everyone I knew, I signed on to Facebook for those I didn’t know or didn’t know I knew, I joined Goodreads (great fun!). I placed announcements in the Historical Novel Society and the Women Writing the West catalogues. Oh yes, I also regularly checked my sales ‘stats’ on Outskirts.
Then I allowed the distractions of the rest of my life take over. I did not visit local bookstores to promote my book or offer to give a reading and I did not gift my local library with a copy of Sound of Her Own Voice. I did not even send an announcement to my local newspaper. I gave in to my natural inclination, no doubt, to the detriment of Lena.
This year I have promised myself to assert myself as a writer in the world while continuing to write the next book, which is wholly different. I have printed post cards and business cards to promote The Sound of Her Own Voice. More daring, for me, is that I have signed up to attend the Historical Novel Society’s annual meeting in June in Denver. Since I’m paid up, I will actually go and learn the art of networking and promotion. Stay tuned and wish me luck!!