Sunday, March 24, 2013
I love Google Docs. It makes it easy for me to share what I want to share with my editor, with friends, and I have recently found a few lovely little add's that works for me.
My new novel coming out is "The House". I have some concerns about the "Hill/Mountain Speak" of a couple of my characters. I wanted some feedback, so I have found a way to set up a form in Google Docs that I can link to my website to get that feedback. I strongly encourage new writers to use the tools that is available to you.
I have begun using Freemind. That too has been extremely helpful, if you like what my old English Profs would call clusters. There is a You Tube tutorial for it, however, its pretty simple. I used to use outlines, and on occasion I do use it if I need to get more to the bare bones of what I am doing.
However, my newest implement is a "Street Team". I am sure you have heard of it before, but this is all new to me. I have put together so far a team of 20, and we are still growing, to spread the word about my books. Not only the ones that are out, but also the ones that are available on Nook, Amazon, and Kobo, but also the one that is coming out in April.
There job is to simply tell everyone on every social network about my books by posting links and spreading the word far and wide as it goes. I ask that they do this twice a day. In return they not only get a free download for their work, but I also give them a free copy of the new books the day before I publish.
Putting together a Street Team isn't easy. I have enlisted the friends I have on FB as well as G+ to help me out. So far so good. I made one person the "lead". And this is for both of us a learning process. She is doing a great job so far, I think.
I have also found that Goodreads is also a great place to visit. Not only do I get to learn about new books out there and what others think of them, but I am crazy happy over the fact I can post my own books to get the word out.
So I am wondering, what other places do you visit to hear about new books? Have you been to visit Only The Indies to see what they think of some of the books out there?
Well, I am off to work on the edit for "The House" , when the cover is finished I will share on here.