Jennifer gets--and gives--advice...
My critique group and I met this weekend. Over dinner, we talked about the industry and asked each other’s advice about marketing and potential projects we were considering.
All four of us bring different perspectives to the group. I publish with a small press and am fairly new to the writing world. One woman has self pubbed one book and is working on her second. One woman is published with an Amazon imprint and also self pubs. One woman writes women’s fiction, self pubs and also has a back list that was pubbed by large publishers.
Usually I just sit and listen. I’m the newbie and I’m soaking everything in. It’s fascinating to listen to everyone talk about what they’re doing, how they’re marketing, what techniques are working, or not.
We discussed tsu and I know I’ve decided to let that social network go for the time being. It’s too new and I don’t fully understand it enough to believe that it has any worth at this time. We discussed discounting our books and I hope to offer my first book in the Women of Valor series for free when my third one is coming out, as an incentive (still have to talk to my publisher about that though, so don’t hold me to it)—the freebies benefit authors the most when there are other books that the reader can buy. We talked about which conferences we plan to attend, and I’m hoping to go to RWA’s National Convention in July. It’s in New York this year, so it’s an easy trip for me.
As I’ve said in countless blogs before this one, critique groups are great. But the added perspective that this one brings from four very different but talented women makes this one unique, I think.