I assume many of you are here because of the Author Marketing 101 blog I coauthor with Morgan Kennedy. It was a bit of a surprise to suddenly see activity in my stats for this site even though the links at AM101 direct readers to my primary blog. This site was created as a static website back in 2008 and was transferred last year from the tiny webhosting service to a GoDaddy domain, and blogspot hosting.
This site is a good example of why we advise authors not to market a book prior to it being available for sale.
This site is also testament to how promoting something not available is uncomfortable and generates a lot of - "Well, when can I read it?" The answer is, when I can give my memoir the attention it deserves, which may be soon, or not. No one wants this project complete and being read more than I do - see the third bullet point.
- Therese Patrick . com was created for the friends and family who were excited to know I was working on a memoir about my parents.
- Therese Patrick . com was created to be a "Value Added" location for all kinds of cool things that did not belong IN the story of my parents and childhood, but were relevant TO the story.
- Therese Patrick . com was created after I had written THE END to my memoir. I was blissfully unaware that I would encounter more life experiences that would be personally relevant to not only the story of my parents and childhood (I was almost 50 - wasn't I done yet?) but also to the writing style of how to present this memoir.
If you do have anything in cyberspace, know it may have been a good idea at the time to:
- Create a placeholder for your Author Persona . com
- Get your name out there in social media land (which didn't exist then as it does today) so agents and editors will see you are cyber savvy
- Have a plan but be very clear to readers that your product is In Process