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And I thought writing was hard

Beta readers are coming back with very few notes on Restraint. The rewritten story works for them. I think it really is finished. Seth Godin (whom I had the pleasure of meeting at a workshop in NYC a couple weeks ago) basically said, "Ship it."

My fear and loathing and introversion cut no ice here: whether self-publishing, signing a Big Five book contract, or undertaking some hybrid, I must promote my own novel.

temporary book cover for Restraint showing the portrait of Tristan in shades of gold, with the title Restraint, A Novel, By Anne Hawley
Not the actual cover--this is a placeholder I've been using for the reader review copy

So I need some advice.

My "platform" is the hundreds of wonderful people who originally read and rooted for and commented on the story when it was fanfic on the AO3.

Exploiting the comments section at AO3 for mass commercial self-promotion feels unethical. But let's say you were one of the people who literally asked in comments to know when the book is coming out. How would you feel about getting a reply to your long-ago AO3 comment, saying, "That day has come and here's how to find out more"?

And if you have any other thoughts about how to reach out, I would love to know your ideas!

Crossposted from Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.


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Feb. 25th, 2017 04:11 am (UTC)
I don't think you're allowed to do that? It would be considered commercial promotion which goes against the archive's TOS.
Feb. 25th, 2017 04:20 am (UTC)
I wonder how I could make that connection. Hmm.

Oh look:

How strict is the "no commerce" rule?

We want the Archive to remain a non-commercial space. That means that it isn't the right place for offering merchandise, even fan-related merchandise. Linking to your personal page (not, for example, an Amazon author page) is fine, even if the personal page includes some items for sale, but the Archive is not advertising space. If the abuse team issues a warning or sustains a complaint about commercial activities, the original poster can always appeal.

That's from the TOS FAQ. I think I see a sliver of ethical daylight there. Thanks for making me check.

Edited at 2017-02-25 04:26 am (UTC)
Feb. 26th, 2017 06:02 pm (UTC)
Why couldn't you just drop a line like, "Here's something that might be of interest to you" and a link to your LJ with a description there? It's not selling anything, and leaves the decision to check solely with the reader.
Feb. 27th, 2017 05:52 pm (UTC)
Yes, I think I can do just that, without feeling like a slime-ball. :D Mostly, I don't want to feel like a slime-ball, y'know?

Marketing. Bah! Ugh! But it's part of the job.
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