I'd love to be able to wax poetic on how I have solved the problem of how to promo yourself - and your writings. But in all reality, I am still an amateur at the game that is promotions.
I don't do the mass postings ... because those just piss me off when I get hit with them on the lists that I am on.
I guest blog some, but really, I don't have that much to say on a normal basis.
I also don't have ads up all over the place ... because I have found they don't work for me.
Well ... I think part of it is I have one pen name, and my writings are all over the place. I write first to please myself. If I am happy with the result, then I polish it, and work to share it with others. I don't have a brand ... a signiture font ... or anything that makes a reader know they are looking at a Michelle Houston book.
Not to say that there aren't common themes in my writings ... I tend to write lighter stories. No real angst, other than emotional issues here and there. Despite the sexuality of the characters, and the setting of the story, they are all lighter reads.
When it comes down to it, I just don't have the time to spend with all the various promo suggestions that are plentiful from other writers. : ) I do what I can, as I can, and have to let the rest work itself out.
I do have a website that I work to keep updated. I HATE, let me repeat that, HATE when I go to try and find an author's website and find that there isn't one. I also HATE when they do have a website, but it hasn't been updated in forever. Even if nothing new is happening ... make some changes here and there!
I also have a blog that I post whatever comes to mind on. LOL
I have the news groups ... I am a member of a few select groups, where reception has been good to my writings.
I also try different publishers, because each has a different approach to how they promo their authors. (As well as how they treat their authors).
So I guess in the area of self-promotion, I have performed an EPIC FAIL! But I am happy with where I am at ... I know I won't be a Nora Roberts, or Kay Hooper, or Nalini Singh, and I am happy with that.
I have had my own little moderate success ... and at the and of the day, I write what I am moved to write. And I promo when I can find the time ...
That said, if you are in the market for some kickin' Michelle Houston bookmarks, swing by my website and select the goodies page. I have some really nice ones available. I do love creating my goodies ...