This week my biz partners and I had a somewhat amusing conversation about my marketing strategy. Thinklings likes to stay positive, friendly, and fun, but there's one area where we will take a negative stance, because people need to be aware that there's a problem that needs fixing . . . and we're trying to fix it! The problem is in the publishing industry, and on our About Us page you can read about what's wrong and how we're working to solve it.
We (the Thinklings) have discovered a problem when people search for my book on Amazon. If you just type "Hunter's Moon Awa" it changes my last name to Away and doesn't bring up my book! I didn't know about that for a while, because when I search in Amazon, I almost always include the author's first name, so I was typing "Hunter's Moon Sarah Awa" and even though it changed Awa to Away, it still did show my book. But I bet most people don't bother to type authors' first names. Argh, Amazon!! We will have to email them about that.
Man, I sure am posting in here a lot lately!
My "book boost" day yesterday went PHENOMENALLY well, and I've been floating on Cloud Nine!!
Wow, I didn't know all this promotion stuff came with being an author! But it's not as difficult as I thought. :) Check out some places that are promoting my book:
Whenever my company, Thinklings Books, LLC, publishes a book, we'll have the author provide the first chapter (with possibly a prologue or other intro, if there is one) FREE to read on their website or blog.
So, here's mine: the prologue and first chapter of Hunter's Moon! :) Click the Read More button to see it!
Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and happy new year!
It’s almost the end of the year...the end of the decade...and I’ve been reflecting on all that’s happened to me in 2019 (which is a lot!) and everything I have to be thankful for (also a lot!). I feel a list coming on:
This was originally typed in Patreon as my Friday Fun post, but then it got too long and rant-y (I really needed to get this out of my system ... it was therapeutic, at least) and I decided to post it here. It starts out kind of bitter but ends up in a good place, so just a warning about that ... and if you start reading, please finish.
I participated in three different #PitMad Pitch Wars events (for Hunter's Moon) in late 2018 and early 2019. I honed my tweets based on the tweets I saw that got a lot of likes and comments. I figured out the desired pattern and followed it. Yet I never got a single like from a literary agent (which means they want you to query them, and gives you an advantage over unsolicited queries).
So I did the Enneagram personality test last week, at the behest of a friend. I'm more of a Myers-Briggs gal (I'm INFJ), but I have become pretty fascinated with Enneagram, which helps you dig deeper and address your fears and mental health better . . . something everyone should do. Spring cleaning for our brain/soul! Even though it's fall now with winter weather. ;P
Today, as I do on occasion, I looked to the calendar for writing inspiration. I don’t know whether a lot of other writers do that or not, but it has helped me many times. Today it was simply for a Facebook post—and the calendar reminded me that one of my characters has her birthday around now. But while I was writing Hunter’s Moon, I found myself checking the calendar frequently, for plot reasons.
Sarah Awa lives in Ohio with two hairy guys and writes books about werewolves.