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Katharina Gerlach

Bilingual Author from Germany

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Katharina Gerlach, bilingual author from Germany

9.11.13 Preliminary Marketing Plan

Please give feedback:

- I did the ideal reader exercise and have focussed my "subscribe to my list" page (see here)

- I worked on my cover blurbs (posted one here and got great feedback)

- I'm currently working on my Author Bio again and will then start to create a media kit for the press

- I worked through my website content and will adjust the website in December

- I set up a blog tour from the 6th to the 14th of December

- I will contact moer book bloggers (I already did but most never responded, so I need to interact with them first)

- I have a great bribe for my list but need to drive more trafic to the signup page

- I need to set up a shop on my website (but have to nail the legalese required by German law)

- In December I'll reactivate my German newspaper contacts, maybe they can do a feature about me and my books

- In January, I plan to make my blogging more interesting for my target audience. I'll figure out how to make video (or audio) interviews with other authors and post them to YouTube (this will be a long term strategy)

all in all, I realized that I need to become more active. I need to use the connections I have and build on them. I know tons and tons of authors from nearly unknown to quite well known. If I can convince them to feature me on their sites while I feature them on my site, it can prove beneficial for us all.

What do you think about this marketing plan? Is it enough? Any bright ideas that might make this mare exiting?

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21.9.2013 My ideal reader


- is 75% female and 255 male (meaning: she used to be a tomboy as a kid)
- loves strong female characters
- loves fantasy, scifi (not the hard kind)
- loves unusual settings where everything adds to the world (no two moons without consequences)
- wants conflict to be something significant that the hero/ine has to overcome to reach The End
- doesn't require romance in every novel but enjoys it when it's there
- loves to learn something new with every novel as long as it isn't preached
- is imaginative and extremely curious
- reads anything from chapter books to grown up novels as long as the story grabs her

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18.09.2013 new try

Here's a new try:

Adventures and Creativity can be found everywhere as the 35 short stories of this anthology show. Each author found a different angle for the unifying theme: The Adventure of Creation.

 

Follow a girl to the Below-World to slay the Sharkshadow, or help a timid girl to overcome the destructive criticism of her art teacher. Witness a solitary drone on Mars or a naive homunculus struggle to become human. Sew with a mother who lost her daughter in a unicorn quilt, defeat bank robbing super-villains with an unlikely superhero, or join a great mage in the fire.

 

In thirty-five imaginative stories, emerging authors present the diversity of their creativity. Witness the talent nurtured by writing teacher, Holly Lisle. For the 5th anniversary of her first big writing course, How to Think Sideways, this anthology features the best of her talented students in a great variety of genres.

What do you think? Is this better?

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14. 09.2013    Intermetzzo, feedback needed for book blurb

I put out a Read for Review call in my goodreads group for an anthology I edited (the stories are truly great). Normally, the free copies I offer there are gone before the second day is over. This time, I didn't get a single request and I was wondering if it might be due to the book's blurb. Can you tell me if you think this works?

The Adventure of Creation (Anthology)

Follow a girl to the Below-World to slay the Sharkshadow, or help a timid girl to overcome the destructive criticism of her art teacher. Witness a solitary drone on Mars or a naive homunculus struggle to become human. Sew with a mother who lost her daughter in a unicorn quilt, defeat bank robbing super-villains with an unlikely superhero, or join a great mage in the fire.

In thirty-five imaginative stories, emerging authors present the diversity of their creativity. Each author found a different angle for the unifying theme: The Adventure of Creation. Witness the talent nurtured by writing teacher, Holly Lisle. For the 5th anniversary of her first big writing course, How to Think Sideways, this anthology features the best of her talented students in a great variety of genres.

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09.09.2013

I finished watching the videos and decided right away and without much thinking that writing articles is not something I want to do. It will eat up too much of my already scare writing time, and I do not want to write articles. I want to write fiction (Fantasy, scifi and historical to be precise). I will tackle the book description, the author profile and the media kit as well as the additional pics on amazon. I think my covers are good and don't plan to alter them, but I'll see if I can tweak them a bit. I'll post one book description soon for feedback.

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I've been agented since 2010 -- no sales

I Indie published a historical novel in 2005 and sold nearly 1000 paperback copies in Germany in the first two years. Not really much but a veritable success for an Indie-published book at that time.

Then came the eBook revolution wich is only now reaching Germany. So far, I've Indie published six novels (mostly fantasy), one short story anthology with other authors, and a handful of my own short stories. Reviews are coming in slowly but when they do, they're usually very favourable.

Now, I'm looking to take this "business" to the next step. Assuming I'm only having a visibility problem, not a quality one (my agents assures me that this is so, but we authors never trust our own judgement in this case, don't we?), I am trying to reach out to find more readers.

I'm not in this game to make millions, A comfortable living would be enough for me. ;-) But most of all, I want to find those readers who will love my stories.

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