Monday, May 5, 2014
Triple-header: Reaching Out to Readers ... by Jacqueline Seewald
T.S. Eliot said in "The Waste Land" that April is “the cruelest month.” I’m not certain whether this past April was one of my best months or one of my worst. I will explain.
April 2014 saw the publication of three of my novels. The first was THE BAD WIFE, my 4th Kim Reynolds mystery, published both in print and as an e-book by Perfect Crime Books. I consider this mystery thriller a very special book, the most significant novel in the series. (You can check it out on Amazon.)
TEA LEAVES AND TAROT CARDS. This Regency romance was originally published in hardcover by Five Star/Gale/Cengage and in large print hardcover by Thorndike Press. Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick provided an excellent cover blurb for the novel which is now available in a brand new edition from my Australian publisher. Why an Australian publisher? I was a top winner in their recent romance writing contest. THE CHEVALIER, which won, was published some months ago.
The third novel, published at the end of April, is a YA entitled THE DEVIL AND DANNA WEBSTER. Astraea Press publishes teenage novels for girls. This is a very different book from either of previous novels mentioned as they are both adult books. This novel is a “clean” read—no explicit sex scenes--unlike my adult romances. It is available on a variety of sites such as: Barnes and Noble Online and Amazon.
As you might imagine, promotion to readers for each book requires much thought and effort. Each novel appeals to a different readership. I didn’t plan to have three of my novels published in the same month. I find myself spread rather thin. I love each of these novels, am proud of them, and want to support them to the best of my ability. I am making a concerted effort to reach out and build a readership for each novel. Will I succeed? Only time will tell. My efforts have only just begun. One thing is certain: writers and readers share a symbiotic relationship.
Multiple award-winning author, Jacqueline Seewald, has taught creative, expository and technical writing at Rutgers University as well as high school English. She also worked as both an academic librarian and an educational media specialist. Fifteen of her books of fiction have been published to critical. Her short stories, poems, essays, reviews and articles have appeared in hundreds of diverse publications and numerous anthologies. You can learn more about Jacqueline at Facebook.