How much would you pay to reach a potential audience of say, a hundred thousand readers? And what if, instead, you could do that for FREE, with no strings attached?
Writers need to promote their work… interviews, guest posts, radio shows…they are all excellent ways of getting your work seen and, hopefully read. There are any number of sites willing to make holes in your hard-won and often meagre royalties by offering you advertising space, or nameless (and possibly non-existent) followers and who will charge you to appear on their blog or website. While everyone needs to make a living, and while there is nothing wrong with investing money, as well as your time to promote your work, why pay for what you are being offered for free?
There are very many people offering guest spots to writers. WordPress bloggers will also post their links across many social media platforms, getting your work seen by even more poeple so that even just between, say, The Story Reading Ape, Lisa Burton, Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord and this blog, you will reach that magic hundred thousand pairs of eyes.
Yet we struggle to fill the slots reserved for guest posts…
My guest today is the gorgeous Lisa Burton from Entertaining Stories and #LisaBurtonRadio who looks at some of the reasons why this might be so…
Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog today. As you said, I’m Lisa Burton, and I am a robot girl. I started life as a character in a novel. My author, Craig Boyack, didn’t like to just leave me at the end of my book, so he gave me a job.
I’m his personal assistant, and help him with his writing career. That lasted a year or two until he got the great idea of making me his spokesmodel. This worked out really well, because Craig is a bit of an introvert. Who am I kidding, he’s like a creature of the night, you have to invite him inside.
Most authors are introverts, and don’t try to get all up in your face about things. This is good, because they aren’t pushy salesmen, but it’s bad too. They could do more to promote themselves.
Which brings me to you at Daily Echo, and to me in a way. There are several of us out there who offer guest posting opportunities for our fellow authors. I could name about five others, but let’s stick to present company.
You reached out to Craig, and he talked to me about it. It seems like we have a common problem: We have a hard time getting guests to fill the available slots. That’s why I’m here today. I host Lisa Burton Radio () , a show where I interview the characters from books. We’ve been able to keep a fairly regular program every Thursday, but I still find myself struggling to fill all the spots.
Our spots are so good for authors, and they’re completely free. When I post here, I’ll reach new readers who’ve never heard of me. They can take advantage of your spots as easily as I can. In fact, after that, they can kick one of their characters off the couch and send them to talk to me. Add in another four or five blogs that offer a similar service, and it’s a week long blog tour that’s focused on readers and writers. The point being, it could be better targeting than a paid blog tour that costs a fortune.
Now, while I’m here, I have to talk about Craig a bit. He writes as C. S. Boyack, and you can find all his books on Amazon. He writes in the speculative genres, and you will find science fiction robot girl come on, paranormal, and a bit of fantasy.
This year he expects to release The Enhanced League, which is a book of short stories about a futuristic baseball league where performance enhancing drugs aren’t just acceptable – they’re encouraged. In fact, Craig just ordered the cover and I’ll have to meet with the artist for my promotional posters. I go on the blog tours too, and when I do, I give out posters that promote the content in the books. People are welcome to download them and use them as background images on their phones, iPads, computers, whatever.
He also intends to release a novel called The Yak Guy Project. He just needs a couple of days to finish it first. This is kind of a portal fantasy about a millennial who finds himself on an alternate world. It’s almost a zen journey in a way, and it’s been fun to work on.
Watch for me on the tour trail, and I’ll be winging my way to blogs and handing out my posters. I usually take the formerly haunted biplane, but lately I’ve been using the rocket-pack if I have to cross oceans.
It was fun visiting here today, and I hope I convinced more authors to take a chance and help readers find their books by visiting our sites. I’ll drop off all Craig’s contacts for you to post here.
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Find all books by C.S. Boyack on Amazon
A speculative selection of micro-fiction and short stories. These were designed to be short reads for your commute, coffee break, and other times when readers are pressed for time. This book contains a bit of science fiction, some fantasy, and paranormal stories.
“The Experimental Notebook of C.S. Boyack” is a delightful – and occasionally scary – collection of short stories that combines humor and horror with a dash of fantasy thrown in for good measure.
Boyack wanders all over the literary map with this small collection and readers will, I think, be delighted with the tales he has to tell. A young woman who has been abused by a bully sees him get his comeuppance from a very unusual source; an alchemist plots his revenge on the world in the ruins of his home and… well, suffice it to say that Boyack will hold your attention with this collection.” Extract of Amazon review by
A second collection of short stories and micro-fiction. Every story can be read in a single session. This time there are a few tributes to the pulp era. Stories include science fiction, paranormal, and horror.
“The second Experimental Notebook by C. S. Boyack is another adventure into some entertaining and downright genius short stories. The beauty of most of the stories is they grab you right in the beginning and then lead you down a path you never expected. It is a path that you are glad you traveled but where it comes out is an unusual surprise. “Extract of Amazon review by John W. Howell author of My GRL.
There is something evil up Bergamot Holler, and it’s been targeting the Hall family for generations.
Patty Hall is fifteen years old. She loves stargazing, science fiction, and all things related to space exploration. This leaves her perfectly prepared for the wrong problem.
Patty is afraid her mother will send her to a care facility if she tells her what she’s seen. If she doesn’t figure things out soon, she’s going to join her father in the Hall family cemetery plot.
Patty has to come to grips with her own physical handicap, face the wilderness, and an ancient evil all alone if she’s going to survive.
Will O’ the Wisp is suitable for young adults. It involves elements of suspense, and is set in the mid 1970s.