I don't really push a cart of books around with me all the time. I also don't sell books out of the back of the Jeep, though it's tempting. I tell myself I'm a real writer who has books in bookstores (not true) and that anyone who can't get to those bookstores will beat a path to my pages on Resplendence Publishing, Amazon, Fictionwise, Mobipocket, etc., etc. (Also not true.)
But even though I'm trying to convince myself of those things, I still do shameless promotion on pretty much a daily basis. Evidently I enjoy it.
So it isn't a surprise that when I went to pick up my tax returns, and realized I had met the receptionist in another setting a few years ago, and that she had been interested in the fact that I yearned to be a published romance novelist, I gave her post cards for the books, and a business card. She was duly encouraging--bless her heart--and said most of the women in the office read, and that they would buy the books and share them. Yay!
And it probably isn't a surprise that I went to the local library the other day to view the results of my shameless promotion there. I had an extra copy of Ladies of Legend: Finding Home and A Legendary Christmas, which I donated, and the library bought a copy of The Blank Book. I wandered around looking for them, and finally said to the head librarian, "I just wanted to see them on a shelf." She seemed to think that was reasonable enough (instead of weird, which is how it sounded to me). But, she said, "I think they're checked out." She pulled them up on the computer, and sure enough--all three were checked out! Well, yee haw is all I can say to that! And did say something similar, I think.
Last night someone was asking about them and I said they were checked out when I was there. She said she'd call and get on the list. Hey, I wanna know if there is a list! How cool would that be?
My son thinks on a larger scale. He said that, since the Legend series is set in one town but written by four authors--since it seems so unique--why don't Maddie James, Jan Scarbrough, Janet Eaves and I go on TV? Why don't we go on The View and talk about it? Well, I have to admit, that would get the word out a bit more efficiently than I've managed so far.
So...anybody have a contact at The View that they'd like to share? Is it shameless of me to ask that question?