I’ve succumbed to the lure of Vistaprint. My books are digital, so why would I want to promote them with paper products? The answer is that there’s something satisfying in a tangible object. Maybe it’s even acquiring a touch of nostalgia for those of us caught up in the new digital world? Or it could be that promo postcards, bookmarks, etc feed my lifelong lust for stationery 🙂
For the newest postcard, I used a snap I took of Bathers Beach, Fremantle, as the coloured front, then added the cover for “Drawing Closer” to the back. Since “Drawing Closer” is set in Fremantle, I thought that worked well. The question is, should I have emphasised the cover by putting it in colour? Me? I thought the stark simplicity of the cover worked in black and white.
But it does bring me to an interesting point. Is there value in oblique promo? by which I mean, instead of shouting “buy my book”, you promote something relevant to the story and link it to your “buy my book” intent. Is my thinking becoming over-convoluted or is this a way to reach through the chaos of social media?
Happy reading! Drawing Closer released, today, and I hope you enjoy it. At 10,000 words it’s the perfect length for a stolen hour of romance. Plus, it’s set in one of my favourite places, Fremantle. I hope it makes you all book your tickets to Fremantle and indulge in the port city’s living history, hippy heritage and serious commitment to the Arts. A romance set in Freo (as the locals call it) can’t help but be fun.
Escape Publishing is Harlequin’s new Australian digital imprint and I’m still pinching myself at how lucky I am to be involved in such a fabulous venture bringing distinctive Aussie (and Oceanic) voices to the world. In particular, I’ve had the good fortune of working with editor, Nas Dean, on Drawing Closer and her editing eye, ideas, tact and support are invaluable. Thank you, Nas.
Today I’m guest posting at the Romance Reader, talking revisions with my Escape Publishing editor, Nas Dean, who is wonderful. Be sure to drop in. Not just to critique how I tackle revisions, but because there’s a chance to win a copy of Drawing Closer which releases on Monday!
Escape Publishing launched in November, and the Australian digital romance imprint is already making waves. The launch books showed strong Australian voices and compelling emotional intensity. Now the next six books are due to release on 10 December (no geographic restrictions, no DRM — which means you can buy and read them anywhere). If you’d like to see what all the enthusiasm is for, be sure to check back here on 10 December when the December Escape Party kicks off.
All six December release authors will be sharing a holiday blog post and a chance to win a copy of their new book. I’ll be giving away a copy of Drawing Closer, my contemporary romance short story. All you’ll need to do is visit the blogs and leave a comment.
My contemporary romance short story, Drawing Closer, releases 10 December from Australia’s newest romance publisher, Escape Publishing. It’s 10,000 words, perfect for a stolen lunch hour or an after-dinner read.
Zoe Loyola has a secret. Just between her and her sketchbook, she loves sculptor Nick Gordon. Her drawings of him are hot and naked.
Nick has a secret, too. He’s being blackmailed. Protecting his family means ignoring his desire for Zoe.
But in the world of art, passion breaks every rule and secrets are made for sharing.
The setting for Drawing Closer is Fremantle, the gorgeous Indian Ocean port in Western Australia.
It’s been a busy week, what with the launch of Escape Publishing and finally being able to share that they’ll be publishing my short (10,000 words) contemporary romance, Drawing Closer. Then there was the fact that Guarding Christmas, my FREE READ, is now available for download. I do love a returned-warrior story.
Before I forget, I’m hosting this week’s #steampunkchat at 9pm Friday (New York time). The topic is Steampunk Dreams: what would you like to see in your steampunk?
What else? This isn’t big news, but I went for a walk along the beach and decided that I MUST fit that sort of activity in more often. Yep, even me who hates exercise!
And finally, I read Kat Mayo’s article on findings from ARRA’s readers’ survey. Seems like contemporary romance might be edging ahead of paranormal. Very interesting. I wonder if this becomes a trend.