Promoting yourself is as important as writing your novel. Its important to get your name out there, and allow people a sample of your work. People cant buy what they dont know about. Not only is promoting an important step of the publishing process, its a vital element to any writers career.
In the age of the information superhighway known as the internet, there are many opportunities to promote your work. Its important that you utilize a good mix of all of them to maximize your exposure to readers. Why not take advantage of the vast resources available for little to no cost.
Blogging is a great way for an author to interact with readers. Services such as Myspace, Ning, LiveJournal, Yahoo 360 and Bebo are great services that allow you to customize the message you want your readers to see. You can post updates, excerpts, contests and more for your readers. When using these services its important to remember interacting with those on your list is important and more likely to earn you a fan base than simply hard selling your work.
Review sites are phenomenal places to get exposure for your book, gain a fan base and allow others, specifically the reviewer, to...