www.lindabenson.blogspot.com I was impressed with all she was doing. She had hundreds of people entering for her book give aways, I know she keeps up a Facebook page (or two?) and I could tell by comments that the book was being reviewed by many online reviewers/bloggers and had lots of Goodreads activity. Her books deserve all the attention they are getting--they are well-written, sweet stories--but reading about all the promoting Linda is doing made me dang tired.
Because it was promotion that burned me out.
I love writing, but the constant need to promote my books soured me on publishing. Now I haven't been to my Facebook page in so long I've forgotten the password, no school has called me for a year, I've lost all contact with reviewers and I've forgotten how to blog about writing. I have a book out this month from American Girls, but Mattel is such a huge machine, AG doesn't care if you promote. But next year, I will have a novel out from Peachtree Publishers, who need me to promote. UGH. My feelings on this remind me of a title of a book about teaching that goes something like: Not Burned Out yet but Crispy Around the Edges . . . You get the idea. Anyway, I am hoping that by next year, I will just be crispy and not totally black and that writing this latest book about mercy dogs during World War I will get me excited again.
The other thing I am facing is that promotion is also key to selling whether it's on Ebay, Etsy, or in the booth. I am so turned off by this that I am hiring my daughter to be my online presence (except for this blog, of course). What a cheat! But let's face it, promoting is not my thing and she is great at it. Her social media skills are sharp and her photography is superb. Who wouldn't want to buy a vintage Ball jar after seeing this photo?
Now back to Six Degrees of Lost and Linda who deserves to be promoted.
A summary from the back blurb: Thirteen-year-old Olive's mother is headed to jail and her brother to join the army, so Olive is uprooted from sunny California and dumped at her aunt's like a stray, surrounded by a collection of rescue animals. Fourteen-year-old David's future is already carved in stone. From a military family with two brothers serving overseas, he's been pointed towards the Air Force his entire life.
The blurb ends with many questions, but you know that these two are going to meet and have an impact on each other as well as the other people around them. To me this is the main theme of Six Degrees of Lost--the importance of relationships. Linda does a good job of creating real characters with real problems that don't involve sex fiends, incest or vampires. She sprinkles the story with animal tales as well as issues that many teens deal with. Many parents ask me to recommend books that are interesting and yet age-appropriate. My daughter wasn't the only young reader who didn't want to read books about snarky Gossip Girls and sex between warlocks. Six Degrees of Lost would have been a perfect read for her, and I recommend it for your young reader.
Six Degrees of Lost is available as an e-book from many online sources. Your best bet to find and order it is through Linda's blog www.lindabenson.blogspot.com
Enjoy Six Degrees of Lost. Help promote it. And let me know how you handle promotion of any kind. I would love easy tips to motivate me and help me go from burned out to crispy!