1. How to make time to write. This truly is an issue for everyone who has family, a home, eats, gardens, has pets, works an outside job and wants to write. I don't profess to have all the answers but maybe I can share some messages from some creative masters.
- Never miss a day. ~Leo Tolstoy
- Time melts when you find purpose. ~Vincent van Gogh
- Habit is the bed of creativity. Tuck yourself in. ~Stephen King
- Life doesn't bend to your schedule. Find the time. ~Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Distractions are no excuse. Learn to cope. ~Jane Austen
- Set a time for concentrated work. ~Thomas Mann
- I have no clue on this one, but it might be fun to find out.
- Hubby says, "Why go for six pack abs when you can have a keg," as he pats his tummy.
- Hold readings and signings at Libraries in your city and small towns surrounding it. Provide a photo, bio, and make a poster for them to put up. Contact the local newspaper and radio station and let them know about the event. Post something on the author & library social media outlets: Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.
- Blogging. If you are hosting someone on your blog, let everyone know through social media. If you are being hosted on someone else's blog, the same rule applies. This is one I don't do enough of.
- Bookstore readings and signings. See the library item above. Also, be nice to the folks that work there - they are often asked to give book recommendations, so be sure they know who you are and all about your book. They also have an "in" with book clubs, which is the author's best way to a best seller.
- State and local Book Festivals are a good way to get visibility. Put your best foot forward with signs and/or banners, props that represent something in your book and catch the public curiosity or interest, giveaways. Everyone likes free stuff, so if you can obtain some inexpensive bling use it. I always have candy, grownups like it and it keeps the kids busy while they look. Romance writers can put together a little gift bag with every purchase with lip balm, hand lotion, book marks with steaming photos.
- Book give away is usually a good way to have people try your books, especially if they give you a book review on Goodreads.com or Amazon or B&N. I always leave a review and often buy new books based on reviews.
- Take advantage of your novel content and find that niche audience. If it involves knitters - approach the local knitting club. If it revolves around animals, connect with the local pet shops, humane societies, and dog clubs. Find that special group of people and let them know about your story.
I think that all we can do is write the best story we can, edit it fully, and with a little luck and lots of hard work we'll get noticed. Debut authors still make the best seller list sometimes, look at Gone Girl. But here again, Flynn had an "in," she had been a writer for Entertainment Weekly.