In planning a promotion tour for my upcoming book releases, I did quite a bit of research. I’ve searched far and wide for new readers.
Out of all the author promotion sites, blogs, Yahoo groups, and other such venues…I find one thing to be consistent. The majority of these places are frequented by other WRITERS!
Now, there’s certainly nothing wrong with promoting your books to other writers. Some of my best friends are writers and they’ve purchased many of my books in support of my career. But where are all the READERS?
I recently read a study that indicated that the online reading audience is really just a select percentage of folks and really very small percentage of the world’s population. But even so…it still has to consist of millions of people. I mean, before I was published, I looked up authors online and checked out their new releases and searched for opportunities to meet them or chat with them.
I’ve been quite a “fan girl” of many authors for years and I constantly searched for online chats, free book giveaways, and book tour details whenever they were involved.
However, now that I’m on the other side of that Internet fence, I can’t seem to tap into the same type of audience. So, again I ask, READERS…where are you?
Everyone will agree that the world of publishing is going digital in a hurry. With e-book sales through the roof these days, folks are online buying books more than ever. And they are NOT all authors!
Lately, whenever I do a blog appearance or a giveaway, I find the same group of people attending. Not that I’m complaining about that—I just wonder why it is rare to find a newbie present. I also own an author’s promotion blog and we do a giveaway multiple times during the month. When I post that winners list, the same people are winning box loads of prizes each time.
Doesn’t anyone else want free books, goodies, jewelry, or swag? It feels like a never ending game of hide-and-seek some days.
I know you are out there, gentle readers. But, please tell me…WHERE ARE YOU?
Leave a comment on your suggestion of where to find new readers and I’ll choose one winner at random for your choice of prizes! Speak up and WIN!
Blurb for my new release Double Take:
After growing up the laughing stock of the town drunk and humiliated by the hottest guy in school, Kennedy Wolfe planned on never stepping foot in Greece, New York again.
Now a highly decorated agent for the FBI, Kennedy learns of the abduction of her best friend from high school. The news comes just days after the invitation to her class reunion was received and tossed.
Despite her better judgment, she can’t resist the urge to take on a case that would show her classmates once and for all what she’s really made of.
Damon Divine is the unbeatable District Attorney and he’s dead set on finding those responsible for abducting his twin sister. But when the beautiful Agent Wolfe comes to town, he knows the kidnappers won’t be the only ones on her hit list.
After all, standing up a girl on senior prom night is not something she’s likely forgotten.
Now available from Evernight Publishing.
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Kerri Nelson has always been passionate about reading books but when she wrote her first poem in the second grade, she discovered her love of writing. At the age of sixteen, she became a columnist for her local newspaper as the high school correspondent for the weekly "Panther Tales" column. She won the Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year Award for her efforts.
After an education and career in the legal field, Kerri began to pen romantic suspense novels with a legal or law enforcement theme. She is a true southern belle and comes complete with her dashing southern gentleman husband and three adorable children. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her baking homemade goodies for her family.
Kerri is an active member of Romance Writers of America as well as numerous Chapters including Celtic Hearts Romance Writers and Futuristic Fantasy & Paranormal Writers. She is a multi-published author currently under contract for her sixteenth novel.