Appearance at Barnes & Noble B-Fest June 10-11th

Good news, everyone!

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(sorry; I had a friend who was always watching Futurama, so now I can’t see that phrase without thinking it in this Professor Farnsworth’s voice)

I have a wonderful friend. This wonderful friend happens to work at a Barnes & Noble store, and put my name up to make an author appearance and do a short workshop during her store’s B-Fest Teen Book Festival next weekend. So I’ll be there on Friday, June 10th and Saturday, June 11th. Both days, I’ll be giving a brief talk about NaNoWriMo and how it can be an effective tool for an aspiring writer (or any other writer).

You’ll be able to purchase my debut novel, Songstruck, at the store, which I’m so excited about. It’s difficult to get self-published novels into brick-and-mortar stores, so it’s a nice treat for me to see my book on a shelf. I’ll also be wandering around the store most of the day on Friday and Saturday, lurking around the other activities, searching for some new books to read, and possibly scribbling away in a corner. I’ll happily sign any copies of my book while I’m at the store, and I always welcome book recommendations to add to my reading list!

Feel free to come find me any time, and I hope to see some of you at my workshop!

The details:

Where: Barnes & Noble, Evansville, Indiana (624 South Green River Rd)

When: Friday, June 10th, 7:30pm & Saturday, June 11th, 3:30pm

What: “A Manuscript in a Month”

You can find more information about the 3-day event and the other workshops and activities here.

~Sofia

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Currently listening to the In the Heights Original Cast Recording

Merry Christmas, everyone!

If you’re anything like me, the holidays tend to be something of a mixed blessing. On the one hand, they provide a much-needed break and some fun celebration. On the other hand, they’re exhausting. I love my family, but for Christmas, I usually have around three days’ worth of near-constant family contact.

Basically, I need a break from my break. 😛 I need a nap and some alone time. Luckily, I’ve had a couple of chances to have some of that alone time. And I’ve been spending it writing like crazy, because my Christmas break is also the only tiny sliver of time I’ve managed to carve out as writing time. I’ve fallen behind my original timeline for having Stagestruck‘s first draft completed, but I’m okay with that; I’m making good progress on it, and that’s what matters right now.

In the meantime, remember that I’m running a giveaway of the new edition of Songstruck on Goodreads. Just click here and follow the instructions to enter!

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Happy Holidays!

~Sofia

Struggles of a Self-Published Author: Book Promotion

Currently Listening To: Honey, I’m Good by Andy Grammer

Book Promotion

That sounds scary, doesn’t it? And it looks scary, all big and bold and such. As a self-published author, let me tell you that the idea of trying to promote my work is terrifying. And honestly, I’ve been kind of terrible at it so far. Sure, I managed to wrangle a few stray reviews here and there, and I had a lovely book promo spotlight right over here–which reminds me, have you all checked out Jeanz Book Read N Review? Her blog is fantastic, and she reviews so many books. I’ve added quite a few of them to my own reading list!

But anyway, actively promoting my work is just not something I’m very good about. And I could make all kinds of excuses for that. School, work, assorted other factors. But I don’t think any of those potential excuses are entirely accurate. The truth of it is that I’m really not that interested in promotion. Sure, it might make my book languish in obscurity like so many thousands of other self-published books, but I’m a writer, not a publicist. I have a hard enough time selling myself, when it comes to things like interviews (seriously, I almost have a panic attack every time I have to interview for anything; the anxiety is terrible!). Trying to sell my work, too is a really daunting task. I’m bad at Twitter, in general; I tend to forget I even have an account. Ditto Facebook–I have a page, but I’m just awful at posting on it. If anything, I prefer to use tumblr, but I don’t have near as many followers over there as I do elsewhere. Any time I think about the steps I ought to be taking to promote myself more effectively, I end up just sort of staring at my laptop like this:

johnnydeppwritingBecause I mean… I already did the bulk of the work, writing the book and going through all the steps to get a professional-quality product on the market, right? But then there’s still more work?!

Maybe this is all an indication that self-publishing was a poor route to take, but I still love the freedom attached to it. The only deadlines or demands I’m tied to are my own (which I’m currently failing miserably at meeting, but that’s a problem for another day). That utter lack of pressure is really what I need at this point in my life, just because there are so many other areas of my life that are far too demanding. Maybe I just need to suck it up and start devoting small chunks of time to social media and all that. I mean, I’m technically online an awful lot–just not on any of my author accounts. I just need to motivate myself to actually do it.

Anyway, what my promotion-related rambling has been leading up to is this: Starting tomorrow (July 4), the ebook version of Songstruck will be free for download on Amazon.com. The promotion will last until July 8. So help yourself and get a free book! It would, of course, be absolutely wonderful if you choose to leave some reviews if you find time to give Songstruck a read, too.

~Sofia