Before I did my weekly search for a blog to recommend, I read some of the blogs I subscribe to. One in particular caught my eye because it reflected the writer’s frustration that she’s working hard trying to promote her book, and she can’t get people to buy it.
On the one hand, I feel her pain. When we write novels, we hope that people will want to read them. We work hard to build our audiences and try to come up with fresh material that will excite a reader enough to say, “I must have her book!”
However, smart authors know that we can’t just hit people over the heads to get them to buy our books. There was nothing in the blog post that made me want to buy the book. You catch more flies, as they say, with honey than with vinegar.
So today I chose a blogger because, darn it, her Twitter photo made me smile. There’s something about a woman snuggled in bed with head resting comfortably on the pillow, grinning widely, that makes me want to get to know her better.
Yep, the photo did it. Kathy L. Hall, former journalist-turned-blogger (In the Writing Groove) and novelist, won me over with charm — or, I guess in the flavor of my Tuesday blog post, La Seduction.
Kathy writes in a clear, straightforward manner about writing, publishing, and books. She’s written several herself, and her female-centered novels may be of interest to my readers. Given that I’m still smiling, I expect I’ll read a few of them myself. I and my fellow writing buds can learn a thing or two from her.