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Title: In Darkness: The Vampire
Author: L. Diane Wolfe
Genre/Themes: Fantasy Romance, Paranormal,
Fantasy Fiction, Vampires, Magic, Adult Fiction
Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press
Expected Publication Date: February 7th, 2023
E-book ISBN: 9781939844903
Not only a writer who has authored her own set of books, both with her Circle of Friends series of YA/NA fiction and her growing In Darkness series that genre-fits within the adventurous paranormal and fantasy romance space, L. Diane Wolfe is also a leading, learning, teaching busy-bee force of one. From professional speaking that limits not to book publishing, book marketing, goal setting and promotional endeavours, speaking to topics related in conjunction to the writing and publishing lane, she travels extensively to lend her vibrant voice, skill, talent and expertise to all she can reach. Additionally at the helm of her own publishing house, Dancing Lemur Press, and her accompanying blog, she has her hands in many blogg-ish pursuits and content creates for various online platforms but her most rewarding days exist within the space of peopling herself with the many people she crosses paths with. In the case that this list of credentials doesn't enumerate an already impressive set of accomplishing, then her day job of professional photography will. Her discourse is as all-embracing as her entrepreneurial solicitude, and none too eager to stop and still the momentum in her stride, Diane's big and optimistic perspective on life, pursuit and attitude has led her to be the opportunity in her own life, craft and trade.
In Darkness commences L. Diane Wolfe's opening to her fantasy romance series of standalones. Anna is an adventurer at heart, though she wiles her days away as her father's bar maid. Overhearing a conversation about a quest to an ancient, magical destination motivates her to take the opportunity and embark on that adventure-seeking dream by striking a deal. She'll be the guide to these travellers as they find their way to Zancrela, taking the adventure she's always wanted in equal proximity. One that seems to have fallen at her feet. Now tagging along with her companion questers, she only realises the very paranormal nature of her travelling party. She's among the company of vampires. Doing her best to stay in line and stay on course, and with preternatural creatures doubting her every move, Anna begins to develop a curious attraction to the troupe's leader, and the feeling becomes very mutual as Victor finds himself safeguarding a very human Anna.
I'm so very delighted to share that I have a guest post with Diane's name on it! As one of the many sub-topics she puts her name and voice to, Diane shares this short piece for authors and readers alike, listing her book marketing takeaways from many combined years of experience involved in the writer's realm. And next time you find yourself crossing paths with a book of interest through your vast social media travels and spot a book of interest, TBR it, give it some love and attention, for what might be the best bookish discovery yet!
What I’ve Learned About Book Marketing
After years of marketing books, both my own and for other authors, I’ve learned a ton about promoting books. There are so many options available depending on the comfort level and reach of an author. But there are some basic things one needs to understand before diving into the details.
First, I can’t stress enough the importance of marketing. A book with no marketing isn’t going to sell. Readers might happen upon a book on Amazon, but if there are no reviews, they probably won’t buy it—and those reviews are a result of promoting the book. With millions of books released a year, a book doesn’t stand a chance without marketing.
What’s vital is a plan. Publishers design a marketing plan shortly after a book is signed on and self-published authors need to do the same with their books. Whether the promotion is huge or modest, a plan is needed so one can make lists of contacts, estimate cost, determine graphics needed, and assess time required to make it happen.
Like most things, you get out of it what you put into it (to a degree since it’s unpredictable at times). The publisher/author/publicist who really goes for it, setting up multiple events, ads, articles, spotlights, etc. will see more results than the one who does very little. It’s also more than just a short burst—a longer, sustained marketing plan gains and keeps momentum.
Finally, the funny thing about book promotion is how quickly it can change. What was effective last year doesn’t work as well this year. Certainly different genres require different promotions. But changes in the book market, the economy, how people find books, etc. all effect marketing. Sometimes it’s try-fail-adjust.
Readers appreciate a good story and rarely see the marketing that goes behind the books they purchase. But it’s important and hopefully effective. So, the next time you see an author interview, a book giveaway, or a Tweet about a good book, check it out. The author behind the book will appreciate it!
THE BACK OF THE BOOK...
IN DARKNESS: THE VAMPIRE
B Y L. D I A N E W O L F E
IN DARKNESS: THE SHARK
B Y L. D I A N E W O L F E
A big thank you to L. Diane Wolfe for participating in this guest post and to Dancing Lemur Press for the opportunity!
W H E R E Y O U C A N F I N D L. D I A N E A N D H E R W O R K
● Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Darkness-Vampire
● Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BC4SRKH2
● Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/117664
● Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/author/246461332/L-Diane-Wolfe
● iTunes: https://books.apple.com/us/book/in-darkness-the-vamp
● Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/Search?Query=978193
● Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/in-darkness
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