Reviews … Street Teams … and playing the long game

So, Restoration has been out two weeks and I’m thrilled to see it selling. Every morning I wake up and check to see if it has any new reviews, what my sales rank is, and wonder how else I can get the word out about it. *Yes, I’m a bit obsessive about things*

I think this is the hardest part of being a writer. The waiting. Writing the book is the easy part (but really, that’s hard too). It’s the waiting to see if you’ll get published, then the waiting for release day, followed by the waiting to see if people will actually pay money for something YOU created. I’ve never been good at waiting. I’m much more the instant-gratification-give-me-results-now kind of person. *Sigh* Christmas was always torture for me. That’s why every review is so important. I love hearing from people who’ve fallen in love with Grace and Drew. Those random emails and Facebook messages from readers make my day.

In this age of social media and virtual access to basically anything and everything, I have been pondering the effectiveness of having a street team. Of course, to get said team I need to have people passionate enough to pimp the heck out of my book. There are positives and negatives to this. The upside? People are passionate about your book! The downside? You’ve got no real control over what these people say and do. For now, unless I’ve got people I know and trust willing to get out there and hit the streets (i.e. Facebook and Twitter) in support of my book, I’ll stick to guest spots on blogs, the daily Twitter posts, and my Facebook page.

One of my readers asked me if I have a fan club. Honestly, it hadn’t even occurred to me to create one. So, following her suggestion, I created a Facebook group where fans of my book–soon to be books–can come and hang out, ask me questions, and get updates and fun stuff. Join here.

As always, thanks for reading!

Kim

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