Roundup & Potentially Obnoxious Publicity
1. In less than 24 hours, the Mermaid’s Madness auction for NCADV is up to $65. Y’all are awesome. That is all.
2. My friend Pearl North has a new YA novel out from Tor Teen called Libyrinth [Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy]. I think I want to live in this world:
For as long as she can remember, Haly has heard the voices of the books. Growing up in the Libyrinth, a library so large that people sometimes get lost in it and never come out, she has been surrounded by words and stories her entire life.
3. I’m not happy, but I’ve asked for and received a two-week extension on Red Hood’s Revenge. In the larger scheme of things, this shouldn’t make much of a difference. Sometimes it’s more than two weeks before the editor has a chance to read the manuscript anyway. And given how lousy the writing is going this week, I think it’s better to have the cushion. It still makes me grumpy, though.
Potentially Obnoxious Publicity Questions:Yesterday I posted a graphic for the Mermaid auction, along with the code for folks to copy and repost. Partly I did this just because it amused me to stick purple ribbons onto my characters, but the real goal was obviously to get some links back to the auction and spread the word. (Huge thanks to those of you who did so, by the way!)
At what point does this sort of thing become annoying to you personally? Reading through my own friends list, I saw where several entries in a row with my own graphic. When does “effective word of mouth” become too much and turn into “if I see this crap one more time I’m gonna drive to Michigan and crotchpunch this guy!”
It’s tricky. Someone with a large blogroll will tend to see the same promo a lot, whereas less obsessive blog readers might only come across it once. From my standpoint, I want to reach as many people as I can, but I don’t want to piss them off in the process.
Ideally, when Mermaid comes out, I think the ENTIRE INTERNET should be talking about it. Realistically, I’m working on ideas that would hopefully generate some buzz and links, but would also provide unique content as opposed to simply repeating the same graphic, interview, or link 100+ times. Even so, there’s still an oversaturation risk, and I want to be aware of that.
What do you think? What works, what doesn’t, and where is the line?