Maggie Robinson

Jun 3
On the Edge

Here I am, just starting out. I should be networking madly, adding to my Facebook and MySpace friends, bloghopping and commenting and supporting other new authors, participating weekly in Snippet Saturday, where author excerpts on shared topics are posted. (the promo brainchild of Lauren Dane of the Bradford Bunch. Yay, Lauren!) Instead of promoting the goodness and wonder that is me, I find myself crafting a proposal, writing, waiting nervously to hear how the revision went, wondering how the Courtesan Court trilogy is fairing, wanting to completely unplug and go underground. Not even wanting to blog, for heaven’s sake! Maybe I’ll rally as time goes by…or when I know the name of the book, LOL. Right now I’m hanging back, trying to balance everything.

For various reasons, D.C. is out this year, though Nashville looks good. But promotion is a daunting thing. I’ve been reading up, and know that I need to go beyond bookmarks. I’ve enjoyed watching Tessa Dare take to the blogwaves and Beverly Kendall craft The Season. My new website will be a start, but I’m open to any suggestions on how to “get out there!” I’m probably going to publish the Berkley books under a brand new name, Maggie Rowan. Still working out the details…so not only do I not know the name of my book, I don’t know mine, either, LOL.

What’s your favorite feature of a writing career? What do you fear? What’s your pen name?

16 comments to “On the Edge”

  1. terrio
     · June 3rd, 2009 at 1:20 pm · Link

    It all must be very daunting right now, Maggie. So many unknowns, and so many avenues of promotion. I often wonder when any author finds the time to churn out books while promoting the last one and reworking the current and plotting the next.

    I don't see anything wrong with easing your way in. Take advantage of the blog friends you have (you realize you MUST be on the ship?) and go from there. The website seems to be the most important, and you have that down.

    I do recommend wearing a bra when you do the booksigning. šŸ™‚

  2. Janga
     · June 3rd, 2009 at 1:59 pm · Link

    All these new names are going to take some getting used to. But whatever name you publish under, Maggie, you can count on me to read your books and to rave about them online and in RL. I still think word-of-mouth, virtual or real, is the best promo, and you have a group of readers who already love your work and are eager to spread the word. šŸ™‚

  3. beverley
     · June 3rd, 2009 at 2:15 pm · Link

    Hi Maggie,

    Thanks so much for the shout out! You'll do fabulous with your promotion. Your book will sell itself. šŸ™‚

  4. beverley
     · June 3rd, 2009 at 2:36 pm · Link

    Oh Maggie, your book will have a half page space on The Season for sure. šŸ™‚ And let's do book giveaways on the site. By the time you publish, I hope to see The Season doing much more traffic. I'll be placing some ads soon or it. šŸ™‚

  5. Maggie Robinson
     · June 3rd, 2009 at 3:00 pm · Link

    Bev, both your sites are absolutely gorgeous, and The Season is an especially beautiful idea…much better than a drab old list. I know you're a techie…did you design them yourself?

    Terri, have no fear. The girls will be restrained and on their best behavior. :)And I'd love to be on the ship…I'll even bring the rum!

    Janga,thanks so much! I agree with you on word-of-mouth…and I always read what YOU suggest!

  6. beverley
     · June 3rd, 2009 at 5:02 pm · Link

    Hi Maggie,

    And yes, I did design it myself with a little help from iStock. It's so much fun to sometimes play with their vector illustrations. šŸ™‚


  7. Tessa Dare
     · June 3rd, 2009 at 10:59 pm · Link

    Hugs,Maggie! I know how daunting it is…believe me! I get so freaked out about promotion. But they say the most important thing you can do to sell one book is to write an even better book to follow it…I'm trying to keep my focus on the writing. But it's hard! You'll do wonderfully, though. We'll all be here to help you promote!

  8. Maggie Robinson
     · June 4th, 2009 at 8:17 am · Link

    Tessa, I'm going to watch you and learn. You must be getting butterflies. Can't wait for your big debut! Not that Werestag wasn't a delicious taste of Dare, but it wasn't enough. šŸ™‚

  9. Tiffany Chalmers w/a Tiffany Clare
     · June 4th, 2009 at 8:39 am · Link

    Yup, I'm watching those a few steps ahead of me. Both Tessa and Courtney are doing an awesome job of getting their names out there.

    Website is the big thing I'm going to have done. And some adverts on key sites.

    I'm just trying to write a great follow up book! It's tough though because I'm not doing a second exotic setting.

  10. seton
     · June 4th, 2009 at 12:15 pm · Link

    Hi Maggie!

    Just my two cents but I have a hard time remembering names and I blinked when I saw "Maggie Rowan" because I was thinking Michelle Rowen, the paranormal author. It's gonna take a while to get used to it.

  11. Elyssa Papa
     · June 4th, 2009 at 2:29 pm · Link

    I think you're doing everything right—a website, pen name, books, and a blog. A lot of other stuff is time wasters…and things you don't have to worry about until it gets nearer to 1st book release. Plus, you have a slew of people ready to plug your books.

    I like websites and seeing what others choose to represent themselves as writers. What I fear is pretty obvious, so I'll leave that one blank. No pen name for me; I'll be shocked senseless at this point if anything ever happens.

  12. Kelly Krysten
     · June 5th, 2009 at 5:25 am · Link

    Don't have a pen name but I would so love to make one up just for kicks! But all the ones that come to mind sound like porn star names.*g*

    Favorite part of a writing career? The parts where I'm not writing…Kidding!lol. I like to see what happens, really. Since I'm a panster there are certain things I don't see coming and that's fun!

    I can't wait to read your books!!! I think you're doing EVERYTHING just right!:)

  13. PJ
     · June 5th, 2009 at 3:38 pm · Link

    Maggie, I agree with the others. Establish a web presence, ease yourself in gradually and take advantage of guest spots on various blogs. You have plenty of them who would love to have you! Once you settle on a pen name I'd suggest a post at each blog/message board you frequent telling them your new name. Maybe change your screen name to Maggie XXX a/k/a Maggie Robinson or something like that. Then after a few weeks drop the Robinson and start posting under your pen name only. That will get the name out there and help people get used to it.

    You know you can count on us to talk up your books everywhere we post!

    Oh, and I second Terri's recommendation. A bra is a definite must. šŸ™‚

  14. irisheyes
     · June 5th, 2009 at 3:41 pm · Link

    Maggie, you're doing fine! It boggles the mind all the stuff you guys have to do nowadays. In my mind the only thing you can't let slide is the writing – everything else is just an aside. Of course, easy for me to say, huh!? LOL

    When things get too overwhelming for me that's when I employ the "Let go and let God" adage. And if you are not of a religious bent you can always employ the Doris Day adage – "Que Sera Sera, Whatever will be, will be, The future's not ours to see, Que Sera, Sera!"

    And I'll do my part – talking you up and buying your books!

  15. Maggie Robinson
     · June 6th, 2009 at 9:13 am · Link

    You guys are really the best! Sorry it's taken me a while to respond. Thanks for sharing my walk on the not-completely wild side.

    Seton, my agent pointed out the same thing. I think, though, that Michelle Rowen's genres (YA and Para) shouldn't get mixed up w/ mine. I can still decide to be somebody else though—for $9.99 all sorts of odd domain names can be had. It's hard finding matching e-mail, though. And I don't think I could train myself to answer to anything else than Maggie. Can't teach an old dog…

    PJ,I must tell you Terri's bra reference is to a Vauxhall Vixens post. Wouldn't want you think I was abandoning my ladylike pretenses! And thanks for your 'support,' LOL.

    Tiff,we do have some good authors to emulate, don't we?

    Irish,you are absolutely right. I once knew a very old lady who said something like 'worry won't get you out of your worries' and she was so right too.

    Kelly, your name is perfect as it is!


  16. J.K. Coi
     · June 7th, 2009 at 9:44 am · Link

    I love your new name, Maggie. You're going to be such a STAR!
    My fave part of this is the actual writing (when it's going well), but it's really really cool to hear from people who have read the books and enjoyed them. The scariest part is of course, the opposite–when a new book comes out and you're waiting to hear if it measures up to the last.