Hello readers and thanks for stopping by my blog. I have been such a busy little bee today! I’ve set a goal for the kind of monthly results I would like to meet for my novels and decided the best way for me to accomplish this goal would be to go back to the basics. For the readers who have been following me since my debut in 2012, you may remember that my first website was anitbeetproductions. I was never really happy or satisfied with that website which is why I dismantled it and started my new website (which was designed and built by me!) theauthoryani.com
So this past week, I spent the bulk of my time gathering lists of news outlets I previously did blog interviews and blog talk radio interviews with and also seeking out entertainment journalist that I may have over looked in the past. I was a little upset when I discovered that I could not find the spread sheets that I had with numerous magazine/newspaper, radio and television contacts, so that is something I will have to pull from my old laptop. I spent today redoing my author bio, press release and sample Q&A. I noticed after going over some of my interviews from the past that there were questions I wish the person interviewing me had asked but didn’t and there were questions that I think I could have answered better. I want to revamp my marketing and promotions strategy in a brand new way.
For those who have been looking for me on Facebook and twitter, sorry but I have deactivated those accounts. I want to take it back to the old days of marketing and promoting my work before social networks became the easy way out. I think I have relied on these sites and other sites to put the word out about my book instead of getting out in the streets, meeting new people and speaking with them to let them know Yani is here and my work is the shit, you don’t want to miss out on it.
I was also made aware of how some of the admins of some of the author/promo groups on Facebook were deleting posts of certain authors! Shady fuckery is what I call it. If it’s supposed to be a group for authors to come and showcase their work, why pull some back biting shit like that and erase their post? I’m not speaking of the groups who do author spotlights and request others to not post during the author spotlights, I’m speaking of ordinary groups who will and have deleted an author’s post for whatever reason. It takes me back to the days of high-school where people had “cliques”. This is a business. Ain’t nobody got time for that clique shit… seriously. I remember when I first came onto the scene and heard authors talking about how other authors would tell people not to buy another author’s book. And how they would have people leave trashy reviews on an author’s book to keep readers from supporting it. I couldn’t believe some of the tactics people were using. How sickening is that? My take on it is if you are confident in your work and you know you are producing quality, what the next author pushes won’t make you fear losing readers. But if you know you’re a hack and your shit is whack (yes I’m rhyming), then I can see why a person would resort to such tasteless tactics. And this, my friends, is why I have always been one to roll solo.
In other news, I may not have mentioned before but I am expecting another little baby Yani in the near future. Yes, I am having a little girl and I can’t wait to meet her. Right now she is in here Bruce Lee kicking the hell out of me, impatiently awaiting this pizza to get here. The doctor’s say I am due September 21st, but I don’t think I’m going to make it through August. People are already telling me that I look like I’ve dropped. I’m undecided on a baby-shower. I’ve been a total flip flopper, but I’ll have my final answer by Friday. Until then. stay tuned!
That’s all for now. Included in this blog entry is a link to my press-kit. Many of you have been asking me when I am going to do another book signing. This pregnancy has totally slowed me down. As soon as I get back into a rhythm, I will be all over.