Succeeding in the publishing world is tough and getting tougher. There are many days when I scratch my head and wrack my brain and talk to the cats as I try to figure out how else to promote my books. There seems to be some kind of cosmic Catch-22 wherein if you aren’t a NYT and/or USA Today bestselling author published with one of the Big 5 publishing companies, it’s near impossible to gain much traction in book stores or media, while at the same time you can’t become a NYT and/or USA Today bestseller unless your books are in book stores and shouted about in the media.
Inspired by a few other authors and plenty of rock bands, I’ve decided to form my own Street Team to get the word out about my books. This is your cordial invitation to join my special club, Cara’s Cronies.
I’m looking for people to join my tribe—Cara’s Cronies. You’d sort of be like my super fans/special agents, but hopefully you’d get as much as you give. Here’s how it will work:
What do you think? If you’d like to be a crony, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you know someone who would make an excellent crony, please invite them also.
Okay, one last ask. My husband thinks that women would not want to be known as ‘cronies’ but I like that it makes you sound kind of illegal and like we’re in cahoots. But if you would like to be something other than a crony, then by all means suggest another idea – Cara’s Crew? Cara’s Characters? Achterberg’s A-List? (I’m nothing if not accommodating.)
I’m very excited to tell you that I signed with literary agent extraordinaire, Carly Watters of P.S. Literary to represent my writing! Carly is pretty much my dream agent. Someone whose name I have had on my list of “if only…” for years.
She is currently pitching my memoir, Another Good Dog, to potential publishers. Another Good Dog tells the tale of our family and the first fifty dogs we fostered. And, no, it isn’t just my blog put in a book. Some of the stories will be familiar to my blog readers, but now they include the parts I didn’t tell you, plus more about living in a household of teenagers getting ready to leave the nest, my doubts and struggles, and the not-so-pretty parts of fostering. It’s a good read (if I don’t say so myself!). So, everyone cross their fingers that Carly sells it to a big publisher!
I am also in the process of polishing a novel about the aftermath of a texting and driving accident titled, Blind Turn. It is a story of heartbreak, but also one of hope. Currently in the beta reading stage, I’m hopeful this will be my next novel to be published after Practicing Normal.
There is one other story wandering across my keyboard of late. It’s a story I churned out last fall, finishing in a mad dash during NaNoWriMo. This spring I have begun picking it to pieces and putting it back together. It centers on a quirky young waitress who knows a thing or two about being left behind. When one of her regular customers turns up drunk on the night his bride leaves him at the alter and asks her to go with him on his non-refundable honeymoon, you can guess what she says. It’s not as simple and made-for-TV as it sounds, promise!
Girls’ Weekend was recently released in audio version with a new cover and seems to be all over the internet. The cover actually kind of makes me giggle. I don’t know any moms who look like that at forty, but you know, you go with what sells, right? The narrator is Xe Sands who is hugely talented and has read hundreds of bestsellers, so I’m pretty honored that she slogged through my entire book, unabridged. I’ve yet to listen to it. It kind of feels weird—like someone narrating my mind.
A giveaway! One lucky reader will win a signed paperback copy of any of my books, plus a set of gorgeous notecards featuring rescue puppies and one more surprise!
I’ll mail anywhere in the US, and you can pick which book! If you’re from out of the US and you win, I’ll send you the electronic version.
To enter all you have to do is find me on Facebook or twitter and comment on or tweet the post about this newsletter and you’re entered!
If you’d like more chances to win, share my post about this newsletter and I’ll put your name in my random winner generator 5 times!
I'll announce the winner in my NEXT newsletter (due out the first week of April. I know, I know, that could be a long wait - but I'll give you more opportunities to enter all month long on Facebook AND there will be a special consolation prize for everyone who doesn't win announced in that same newsletter!)
If you’d like to find out more about me and my writing, visit CaraWrites.com where you can find links to my blogs, books, and appearances, plus lots of pictures of my foster dogs!If you’d like to follow along on my fostering adventure, be sure to subscribe to Another Good Dog.