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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Shaking Things Up

I've got to shake things up. Yes, I'm taking a spontaneous trip to Seattle to visit Richelle and Caitlin on Saturday (I'll be at the airport at 5 am, and I'll arrive On The Other Side around 11:30 am after traveling for something like 12 hours-- it's a whole new math), and I'll be visiting Heather in August -- and I'm thrilled about both trips. But I've got to shake things up.

This means one thing.

No, not dyeing my hair.

I need me a new blog skin.

Meanwhile, as I ponder a whole new look without having to diet, a couple people asked what on Earth I've spent my tax-dollars on in terms of promotion. In no particular order...

Author Buzz. This got the word out on Hell's Belles to 330,000 readers, 10,000 librarians, and 3,000 book sellers. Did it work? Do I know?

Phone thongs. I blame Brian for this. :-)

Business cards. In case I forget who I am.

Red pens. My spiffy Hell's Belles pens. To, you know, sign things.

Post-It notes. With a big ol' "The Hell you say!" on the top. Heh.

More phone thongs. Hey, they were popular...

Other stuff too, like my web design, Internet cost, etc., which I haven't included.

Oh, and more than $500 on postage and supplies. (Mailing out ARCs and free copies of Hell's Belles? Not cheap!)

Money may flow to the author, but dang it all if it doesn't flow right the hell back out again...

Off to find a new look for my blog...


At 9:58 AM, Blogger Demon Hunter said...

Thanks for sharing, Jackie!!:*)

At 10:16 AM, Blogger Skarrah said...

Well, it works! :D

Hell's Belles arrived just this morning by Amazon.co.uk

At 11:22 AM, Blogger Jackie said...

You're welcome, Demon Hunter!

And Skarrah -- thanks for ordering HELL'S BELLES! Hope you enjoy the read!

At 7:23 PM, Blogger Skarrah said...

Okay, I have to ask. I've tried not to, but what on Earth is a phone thong???

Jackie, I'll be starting it just as soon as I've finished the book I've already started. I'll let you know how it goes. :)

At 8:05 PM, Blogger Jackie said...

Okay, I have to ask. I've tried not to, but what on Earth is a phone thong???

A phone thong, Skarrah, is something that makes sure your cell phone doesn't go around naked. ;-)

At 12:42 PM, Blogger Ewoh Nairb said...

I'll take the blame for the phone thong ;) I can handle that kind of heat.

At 11:24 PM, Blogger Tempest Knight said...

Good thing about phone thongs and book thongs, I can make them myself. Anything else is expensive. Yikes! How you do it?

BTW, have fun visiting Richelle and Caitlin!

At 11:35 AM, Blogger Heather Brewer said...

UGH, mailing ARCs is soooo expensive! But dude, people love 'em and they spread the word.

You are just a travelling lil minx, lately, woman!!! Can't wait until August. :)


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