Life is funny. My friend Ryan tagged me in a post and I wrote something to the effect that “I’ve tried and tried and tried” but just can’t seem to finish an update to my book.” But after commenting in that thread and then wandering into a few other threads where I still have lots of Empire Avenue friends. Cautiously, I opened the file. I read over the entire book, including all of the revisions and additions I had already made. I typed a couple of new paragraphs. I read it again. And decided that Walking Down The Avenue is ready for copy-editing and beta reading. I’ve already sent the manuscript out to several people and I expect that I will release and begin promoting the new revised Walking Down The Avenue around March 1st.
I realized today that I have been rather manically babbling about my friend Susan’s novels for at least two weeks now. I will be publishing and promoting two more Susan book reviews. And then come March I will be shifting into talking about my own book. In one sense, that I got more than 300 of my social media guru friends to read and tell me how great the earlier version was, was a kind of success. But folks who are guruing on the Avenue are really not the target audience for what really is a great Beginner’s Guide. My book would be most useful to someone if received about an hour before they started on Empire Avenue. Sadly my psychic abilities don’t work online, at least not to the extent of being able to know who will decide to try out Empire Avenue before they make that decision. Sometimes I can read people face to face so well it’s almost scary. But skilled as I may have become at conducting relationships in far flung pixels, I really can’t read people online.
I am hoping to recruit some of my friends who continually invest in new users to be ambassadors for my book to the newly arrived. I’m thinking that when my friends are already buying shares, saying hello and trying to start relationships with them, they might could say a few words about this very helpful and useful guidebook that takes away so much of the confusion and mystery of one’s early days on the Avenue. I’m thinking that if I provide four or five blurbs, which could be inserted into any sorts of messages, on EAv, on FB , etc. my friends might be able to convince some newbies to invest a dollar to save themselves weeks if not months of learning curve. If you’ve been on the Avenue awhile and would be willing to help promote the book to new players, please leave a comment or shoot me a message on Facebook. Except for to experienced players who will help with proof-reading, fact checking and promotion, I’m not going to give away ANY free copies this time. My goal is to find a way to sell 300+ copies to the actual intended audience. Wish me luck?