To celebrate the launch of Friday Night Bites, Chloe has generously offered a giveaway of one of her Cadogan House tote bags filled with Cadogan House goodies. I also have a copy of Friday Night Bites for giveaway as well, so we will have two lucky winners. Details on the giveaway can be found at the end of the post as usual.
Visit Chloe Neill at her website or at her blog The Daily Snark. At least two more books in the series are planned with Twice Bitten (Book Three) scheduled for July 2010 and Hard Bitten (Book Four) after that.
I made a few suggestions to Chloe for her guest post and she has prepared the "The Latest Low Down" for our reading pleasure. Welcome Chloe and take it away!
THE LATEST LOW-DOWN
Good morning, everyone! Mr. SciFiGuy suggested that I spend a little time today chatting about "what I've learned"during the first few months of being an author, and what's coming down the pipeline in the future.
THE NEW, NEW THING
Although I'd learned a lot about the editing/publishing process prior to April (as I was getting SOME GIRLS BITE ready for print), I've learned so much more since then...about marketing, bookstores, writing, deadlines. I'm sure what I've learned is only a drop in the publishing bucket. But here's a list. ('Cause I like lists, and it's my guest post, so there!)
- Marketing should be carefully targeted...but not too targeted. The first time around, we bought postcards advertising my first booksigning. Sadly, not a single person who came to the booksigning did so because they saw a postcard. That was a little frustrating, as it felt like a waste of money, but I learned some valuable tips. One, folks might buy books because they've seen a postcard, but they apparently don't work (at least in my area) for booksignings. Two, lots and lots of people put out postcards at coffeehouses. It can be hard not to get lost in the shuffle. Three, it may not be worth it to spend money to market a single event; rather, market yourself and your work.
People are more likely to show up because they love your book, than they are to show up just because they were bored and decided to attend a random booksigning.
- Meet your booksellers. I can't emphasize enough how important great booksellers are. I am very fortunate to have a couple of particularly supportive bookstores behind me, who've done a great job of keeping my books on the shelves.
It's hard to sell a book if folks can't find it while they're browsing. More importantly, selling more books works out for both a bookseller and an author, so if you know you've got strong numbers, ask your bookseller if you can put out some bookmarks, put your books on an appropriately-themed table and sign the copies they have in stock. And most importantly--be NICE. Remember that they're doing you a favor; not the other way around.
- Online? Yes. At first, I wasn't sure about all the online blogging and guest-blogging and Twittering. But I can only get to so many booksignings at a time, and it's really the only way to keep in touch with fans. Besides, when times are low, I can't tell you how rewarding it is to know that folks are talking about my books--and that doing that talking makes them feel better, makes them laugh, or gives them a few minutes away from the worries of the regular world.
(Thanks, Team Eel!)
- Yes, Chloe, you must outline. But I've abandoned the traditional outline form (the kind we learned in high school) or the really long, paragraph-by-paragraph synopsis. Instead, I do a day-by-day, chronological list of events, so I can see how the story's going to flow along, and I can be sure that I've addressed everything that I need to address.
DOWN THE ROAD
A very good friend asked today if I was planning wearing anything different to a FIRESPELL signing than an FNB signing. I think that's an excellent question. Maybe a little darker shade of nail polish? :)
Finally, Mr. SciFiGuy has also asked me to tell you five things about me that no one else knows. Here goes:
- My Mom says I could read at age three.
- When I was in high school, my dream was to move to New York and become a (starving) artist.
- I very rarely pass through a big city without taking home a souvenir from a local NCAA Div. I school. (Chicago is an notable exception...but I brought home Chicago souvenirs, so I figure that counted.)
- I, like Morgan, am a Packer fan. But I, like Merit, am a Cubs fan. Go figure!
- My favorite TV show is 30 Rock.
Thanks for reading!
Thanks Chloe. So everyone rush out and get the newst book or the series if you haven't started it yet, but first enter the giveaway.
- To enter, leave a comment, tidbit or piece of trivia about Chicago. You can also leave a comment or question for Chloe Neill..
- Open to everyone.
- Remember to leave a way to contact you.
- Blog, tweet, post, etc., about the guest spot for an extra entry.
- Giveaway ends Monday, October 12 at 11:59 PM EST. Two winners will be announced, one for the Cadogan gift pack and another for a copy of Friday Night Bites.
The story of a young heiress's initiation into the dark society of the Chicagoland Vampires continues...
Ten months after vampires revealed their existence to the mortals of Chicago, they're enjoying a celebrity status usually reserved for the Hollywood elite. But should people learn about the Raves-mass feeding parties where vampires round up humans like cattle-the citizens will start sharpening their stakes.
So now it's up to the new vampire Merit to reconnect with her upper class family and act as liaison between humans and bloodsuckers, and keep the more unsavory aspects of the vampire lifestyle out of the media. But someone doesn't want peace between them-someone with an ancient grudge...
First in a brand new series about a Chicago graduate student’s introduction into a society of vampires.
Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn’t exactly glamorous, but it was Merit’s. She was doing fine until a rogue vampire attacked her. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker—and this one decided the best way to save her life was to make her the walking undead.
Turns out her savior was the master vampire of Cadogan House. Now she’s traded sweating over her thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan “Lord o’ the Manor” Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed, four-hundred- year-old vampire, he has centuries’ worth of charm, but unfortunately he expects her gratitude— and servitude. But an inconvenient sunlight allergy and Ethan’s attitude are the least of her concerns. Someone’s still out to get her. Her initiation into Chicago’s nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war—and there will be blood.