We writers are often rather introverted people. How cruel that after we write our books in our quiet little nests, we have to expose ourselves to the big wide world. Oh dear, giving talks and speaking on radio etc will always terrify me, no matter how often I do it. Unfortunately, marketing is a huge part of an author’s world.
Even urging people to buy one’s book on social media is enough to curdle the blood. But sometimes (such as today) a bit of serendipity occurs. It’s like a burst of sunshine and a chorus of birds singing; birds being the operative word in this case.
One of my passions is the bird life in my Blue Mountains garden. I joined Facebook on my publisher’s advice as part of building an ‘author’s platform’. However, I thought I might as well have fun and post some of my photographs on an Australian native bird site. This morning they happened to be of king parrots, feeding on maple seeds;
I posted half a dozen,and afterwards I was contacted by a group member asking if she could use them to make an A4 jigsaw puzzle. I was only too happy to oblige, especially as she said she would send me a completed jigsaw. How cool to solve a puzzle featuring my own garden and my beloved parrots! In return, I asked if she would write a guest post for my website about making the jigsaws. I gave her the link, so she could check me out before deciding; www.paulineconolly.com
Within minutes she messaged me say that she accepted my offer of the guest blog and had ordered my book All Along the River; Tales From the Thames
Yes, she had grown up by the Thames in London. And there we have it – just one example of UNINTENTIONAL MARKETING combined with SERENDIPITY, even I can cope with this
POSTSCRIPT…..HERE IS THE FINISHED JIGSAW. I ADORE IT.
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