My latest Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery, Not as it Seems, is in the hands of the publisher and being edited. The cover is being designed by the same artist who has designed most of the previous ones--and I love her work.
So what's next? All the authors know--get busy with the promotion.
So far I've planned a blog tour--a short one this time, 15 days in the last half of September. I've got all the hosts I need--one day I'll be posting right here--now it's time to write something unique and different about the book for each post. Hopefully, information that will tempt the blog reader to want to buy and read this latest mystery.
Yes, I'll have a contest connected to the tour--once again the person who visits and comments on the most blogs will have the opportunity to have a character in the next book named after him or her. I've been doing this with all my latest books and it's been a popular contest.
I have some dates already set for book events-- a couple of really big book festivals and some tentative plans for others.
I have yet to come up with an idea or venue for a book launch. We have no bookstores in or near our locale. Because this mystery is set in the Morro Bay area, I'm hoping to come up with a venue over in that area.
Of course I'll be promoting on Facebook and Twitter, and I'm toying with the idea of offering one of the earlier Tempe's free on Amazon--but that's something I'll ahve to work out with the publsiher.
That's as far as I've gotten--no big book tours like some of my fellow authors do, not something I've ever done.
Fellow authors, what are your favorite promotion ideas?