"In 2012, my husband Bob and I relocated to the Austin area and we went back to writing novels. The trip to San Antonio was a short drive and the week was a great time to get away. We had released 8 books in two years, so it’s not like we've been goofing off." What they didn't realize was how much they would learn about marketing their books and, more critically, their brand.
Bob noted, "Whether you're being published through a large publishing house or self-publishing your books, the effort, skills and intuition needed to market your brand and your books is nearly equal." They came back and went to work to sharpen their message to the book market in general and to work on finding and communicating better with their readers and fans. The result was that they now have a consistent reader facing message. “I always knew that an advertising slogan is a short, memorable (http://en.wikipedia.org/
Kathy and Bob have three different active suspense series currently.
The Young Adult series, CUL8R [See you later for the non-texters]
The New Adult series, Scandals, is about the 18 to 26 year old generation. There are two books published thus far, Due Dates and August, 2014 release of Killer Date. "Millennials, mainly in 18 to 26 year old group, have a great deal of organic suspense built in based on our five sons. The stories and heroes of these books will keep your heart rate up," Bob said. "Our NA books are not YA with sex or YA with training wheels removed. These are bonafide adult suspense stories with twenty something’s talking on the heavy lifting in the story."
Finally, and with one foot still in the romance industry so Kathy doesn't co-write this series with Bob, the Denver After Dark series is heavy on the suspense and deep into the romance, hence Romantic Suspense." "The 2nd book, Cries In The Night" recently was a finalist in the 2014 Colorado Humanities book awards and was recognized in the Amazon 2014 Breakthrough Novel Award," Kathy said recapped.
Bob explained the activities they've undertaken to implement what they learned. "The visual image and simple message on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, the webpage www.thethrillofsuspense.com and even the email address thethrillofsuspense@
"Our readers can simply see what we're about and that's important. The RWA San Antonio experience helped us hone our message," Kathy said. With the marketing activity undertaken this first week back they can check marketing off their to do list...for a couple of days." I was skeptical of the value add of the week at the conference,"