Switzerland, #BookPromo Woes, and a Book Bash

Hubby and I had a relaxing fourth of July – saw Ocean’s 8 the day before (awesome cast, writing could have used more humor), then spent the fourth with friends grilling out and chilling in the pool.  Which felt delicious in the 95 degree heat.

The youngest son is still on his European tour, and performed in Switzerland this past weekend.  Since it’s one of two places he was most excited to visit (the other is Germany), I asked how he liked it.  His response?  ‘I’m going to try to find out the logistics of moving here.’  Guess it met his expectations.

I’m completely frustrated with promoting The Gemini Connection.  Whatever worked for Sarah, isn’t connecting with TGC.  Even with the price drop, it’s just not moving, and I’m not sure what else to try.  If you have suggestions, please share them.  I have a blog tour and a few more promos coming up in July, so I’m hoping that’s the push it needs.

If you’re in the Lexington, KY area this Saturday, July 14th, I’ll be at the Lexington Legendary Book Bash.  Looking forward to meeting readers and seeing authors I’ve met at other events!  Hubby and I are also helping the oldest son move into his first ‘adult’ apartment.  I have high hopes he’ll keep it looking like an adult lives there and not revert back to his piggish college ways.  Keep your fingers crossed.


35 thoughts on “Switzerland, #BookPromo Woes, and a Book Bash

  1. I don’t know what to suggest. Some things just work better for one title than another. Just keep doing what you’re doing, and hope for the best. Not the most helpful advice, I know. But it’s all I’ve got.

    Glad your younger son is enjoying his trip so much. Good luck to the older one… Hope he keeps his place nice.

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    1. I keep telling myself maybe it’s because they’re different genres – and to be patient (something I’m not very good at). Hoping he keeps the new apartment nice – but I’m not holding my breath. Thanks, Tori!


    1. I do think so much of it is luck. Especially if you don’t have a New York publisher spending tons of money on promoting your work. I’ve got ten novels and never have been able to really find the magic formula to sell lots of books.

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  2. suerovens

    It is baffling – trying to get traction for ANY book. I get it! I’m not sure what to suggest other than trying to push it during author fairs or times where you are talking one-on-one with people.

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  3. More of the same here, Teri. Promo is difficult and strategies are fickle. Wishing you all the best.

    Hoping the move went well for your son. And the European trip continues to be wonderful for your other son.

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    1. You’re right Staci – what works for one book may not work for another. Another author in my pub group is killing it with Facebook ads – I’ve tried them and gotten little to no results. Will let you know about the move next Monday – I should take pics while it’s clean, lol.

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  4. Wow, I’m super excited for your son! Sorry the book promoting isn’t working out. I hope you get that figured out. I don’t have any suggestions, but I do plan to read it. ❤ Have a great week, Teri!

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    1. I’m excited for both of them, too, Mischenko. One having the summer of a lifetime with travels, the other having his first ‘real world’ job and apartment after college. Hope you enjoy the book – thanks, Mischenko!

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  5. Here’s one thing I do and have done consistently. I blog. Not always about my books. I love to blog and it doesn’t feel like work. But I link to Twitter on #MondayBlogs and to my Facebook fan page so it keeps my name on people’s minds. Obviously, you blog too. Just try to keep that up, because if you love blogging (and not just about your books, not even MOSTLY about your books) you’ll connect with readers.

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    1. I can check all those boxes (I’ve been blogging about 5 years), except I don’t have my blog linked to my Facebook author page – maybe I’ll give that a shot and see what happens. Thanks, Cynthia!


  6. It sounds like your son is having a great time, Teri. Good for him.

    I wish I could suggest something for promo, but I’m in the same boat, trying all kinds of things to promote Cusp. I’ve got two paid blog tours, FB ads, a friends tour, a newsletter blast, my own newsletter—ugh! Could be the time of year too. It seems there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to this stuff.

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    1. Someone else mentioned the time of year can make a big difference, and I’m wondering if that’s true – summer vacations, camps, etc. Good luck with your promos, Mae – let me know if anything causes a landslide in sales!

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  7. I have no more input that any of the others. Some of them do okay, and some titles languis with the same treatment. I’ve about given up on promo. Deciding production of more titles could be a better use of time.

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  8. robbiecheadle

    I was interested in your comments about TGC. I also have a book that just doesn’t move and I also don’t know why. The others do fine. Writing is a strange business. The most annoying thing is that it is the one that was the most work that doesn’t sell.

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