Since I created Ranunculus Turtle the Facebook Page (am I bringing back memories of Spaceballs yet?), four other authors have created FB pages.
It is entirely possible this has nothing whatsoever to do with me. I suspect it's really because of the appearance of PYP's FB page and their emphasis on author-driven marketing (including FB specifically) and not my stunning example that has prompted the rush to self-promote. It does make me wonder if those 4 authors and I will be competing come October. So be it. I'm a free market gal. Competition improves the end product and benefits everyone.
I do hope Ocilla's Mommy (that's your new name, Diane) will be submitting in October. Seems a shame to have a book and a potential audience and not submit. Hint, hint, nudge, nudge.
I'm reading Thou Shall Prosper by Rabbi Daniel Lapin. It's a Dave Ramsey recommendation. For once, I'm reading an Introduction and finding it fascinating.
Dare I admit a possibly unflattering fact about myself? Why not? I've done it before and with less intention.
As I read this book, I hear the words in a Bronx accent, like that blue aardvark from The Pink Panther or Crusty the Clown's father from The Simpsons. I have no idea what Rabbi Lapin actually sounds like, but that's how he sounds in my head. Rabbi + New York references = Bronx accent. Stereotypical? Undoubtedly. A bit distracting, too, but I can't seem to stop it. To be fair, I have the same problem with British books. Anything written by Jane Austin is narrated in British as I read. Stuffy British, too, like John Cleese.
Anyhoo, I have to figure out how to express a marketing plan in one or two paragraphs. Not that it's a huge, complicated marketing plan. Seth Godin says all you really need are x number of faithful fans and then you just produce what they want in the quantities necessary to support yourself. For example, 200 people willing to spend $20 bucks on anything I write means I automatically get...ooh, I hate math, even with zeros....$2000? dollars per book/story from that fan base. That is some very simplistic boiling down there. I don't expect to make $20 per book, for starters, even if that ended up being the sticker price, which it won't. Personally, I'm hesitant about paying more than $7 for a book, but I remember when a thick paperback cost $4.95, too. I'm a dinosaur.
The hard part is finding those faithful fans, but you won't find them if you don't look for them.
I'll be posting a TUTAW about fans and production later, maybe tomorrow. It's been rattling about in me brain pan for a bit now.
So, on the day I post a flattering review (flattering for me, anyway) of The Lioness's critiquing skills on FB and potentially drive completely new readers to this site, I decide to write an arrogant, self-involved and potentially bigoted post about myself.
Yep. Sounds like me.
Now you know what The Lioness puts up with. Kinda makes you admire her more, doesn't it?
Friday, September 10, 2010
Marketing and More Than My Usual Share of Arrogance
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I am entering the narrator from Winnie the Pooh in Port Yonder Press's contest. Wink! Wink! I love your posts. :DReplyDelete
I would highly recommend a "mathy" consultant of some type for you. $20.00 times 200 is $4,000.00.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Diane! And I knew I should have dug out my pocket calculator. Math is not my language.ReplyDelete
I like arrogant, self-involved and potentially bigoted posts. It makes me feel like I'm with a kindred spirit.ReplyDelete
You're absolutely right in that we need to find our readers. Unfortunately it takes so much time and effort, and it's hard to keep up.