Monday, October 24, 2016 | By: Angela Brown

Sunshine for a Monday - On the Shelf

I'm admittedly not very good at this marketing thing. Let's see, what have I tried?
 - I've done paid ads with various mailing lists
 - Facebook ads
 - Facebook parties
 - Blog hops
 - Book blog tours, including the extremely fun one Gwen Gardner and I planned, plotted, and put on as Partners in ParanormYA. Good times!!
 - Giveaways
 - Started my own mailing list
 - I have a permafee book, Frailties of the Bond, for anyone to try.
 - Cross-promotion with other authors
 - Tried joining a few groups on Goodreads to be an interactive author with readers instead of the screaming "Buy my book" author. Maybe I should have tried the screaming method??

Any-who, the point being, I've got a few titles out in the world (Neverlove, They All Fall Down, Beacon, Frailties of the Bond, Atone, anthologies with UR like Twisted Earths and Ghosts of Fire) but I'm not all that good at encouraging readers to check them out.

Maybe my writing just sucks? That could be it. I've got a few bad reviews I haven't been brave enough to read just yet lol!

Maybe my publishness journey is meant to be more complicated. One thing's for sure, I'm glad I didn't get into this with my mind only on making money.

I make stories. I make bridges for readers to escape. I hope I make someone's day with a good read.

How long this will be for, I don't know, but I finally made it on a bookstore shelf.
That's my fairy tale mash up, Fable Ranger: Summons, sitting on the shelf with other middle grade and young reader titles at Black World Books. A number of places I tried wouldn't carry any of my titles because they are print on demand. BWB provided me the option to do consignment and BAM! There Casey, Robin Hood, and Charlie-boy sit, hopefully, one bookstore purchase away from being a reader's next book to consume.

And since it's Monday, how about you enjoy this virtual treat :-)
Credit to
Getting on a bookstore shelf is probably par for the course for some authors, but it's a heart-warming victory for me. What victory, no matter how big or small, are you going to celebrate today?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

A few stores have carried my titles, but since I never go in a physical store anymore, I haven't worried that more aren't carrying them.

Maria Zannini said...

Your writing does NOT suck. You just haven't found the conduit that takes you to bigger audiences.

If you've decided to focus on children's fiction, I'd start making friends with librarians and school teachers. They're the insiders who can get you the right connections.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Yay for your book on the shelf. Sounds like you're doing the right marketing things. Just focus on what you can control. That's all we can do in life in general. And I agree with Maria about connecting with teachers and librarians--as much as you can with a full-time job.

Christine Rains said...

How awesome! I've been trying everything with marketing too. It's so tough. Keep pushing. You are a fabulous writer! And mmm, chocolate for lunch...

shelly said...

I think that the sea of authors is ginormous. I'm not real good at marketing either.

Mark Noce said...

Marketing isn't my strong suit either, but congrats on all the progress you're making:)

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

First off, congratulations on having your book on a bookstore shelf, Angela! That is HUGE and well-deserved and SO exciting!!! :) Definitely calls for celebrations treats as provided! :) As for the whole marketing/publicity thing, that IS a knotty task! I personally am awful at it. I'm not comfortable saying anything about my own stuff - I'd much rather shout out about others! - and there's just so much to DO...and I don't even know what is best to do or where to start or what new ideas I should be coming up with that would be better! I wish we could just stick with the writing and let someone else do the marketing! :)

LD Masterson said...

I've always considered getting on the shelf of a bookstore to be the dream. Hey, you did it!

Nick Wilford said...

I think that's a pretty huge achievement for any writer. Congrats! As for the marketing, it definitely sounds like you've been covering a lot of bases. It's hit and miss, for sure, but the important thing is to keep writing.

Caitlin Lane said...

I think a hallmark of a truly passionate writer is that they are in it for the joy of writing rather than the profits. Not that we wouldn't all enjoy making money from it.

Marketing, especially self-marketing, can be incredibly difficult. Stick with it, you've got this!

Lynda R Young said...

Congrats on getting on the shelf! So awesome!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I've read a few of your books; you don't suck. There is just so many writers, too few readers. As a reader, I have so many choices available to me, any more, I only buy books written by friends or by long-time favs (like Judy Blume)
It's a problem we're all having.

S.A. Larsenッ said...

Your writing is beautiful! I totally understand how you're feeling, though. As you know, my debut MG just released. I'm beyond stressed at how to get it noticed. I mean, I had a fantastic showing at my release party last night; sold out of books. But still, I'm not sure how to keep my title moving up the list. Honestly, worry about that sucks my writing mojo.

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koi seo said...

Not that we wouldn't all enjoy making money from it.


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