Wednesday, February 15, 2012

YOU HAVE TO LAUGH


Ever have that sinking feeling…like you’re in over your head?  As a newly published author, fumbling for the perfect marketing strategy, that quicksand sensibility is my constant companion.  In fact, it reminds me of my first month as a high school principal, hired on when my new high school was still under construction.  Everett, Washington.  Rain.  A muddy site.  Yup, one day, on my way to the construction portable, I got stuck in the mud.  The site supervisor happened to be walking by and helped me pull my boots and body out of the sucking mud.  You have to laugh, or you’ll cry!

To make an inexpensive promo item, 1000 of them, I had to bustle around three towns finding bargain material and cloth-cutting equipment  (You’re saying ‘ka-ching’ right now, aren’t you?)  Cutting blades go dull quickly, I can’t cut straight lines, the plan for stamping material requires heating 1000 pieces of material…you get the picture.  More money and way more time consumed than I planned.  You have to laugh.

QR codes.  Some of you read my blog entry about how I learned the value of QR codes as a promotional resource.  See the adventure here: http://blog.rolynnanderson.com/
I’ve got those squares on everything: banners, business cards, post cards.  Yes, even emblazoned on a tee-shirt.  On a tee-shirt?  Did I think ahead about how people would be pointing their droids at my chest, trying to scan my QR code so they could download website?  Did I contemplate the problem that my curves might prevent a ‘good scan?’  Will I have to walk around with my shirtfront pulled taut so the population has a proper reading of my chest? 

Really, you have to laugh about all the risks we’re taking and pickles we get ourselves into…or we WILL cry.  Yes, indeed, there’s a lot of laughter in my house, these days.  How about yours?  Rolynn
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15 comments:

Kylie Frost said...

This sounds all too familiar. LOL. What was that "inexpensive promo item" that you went from town to town in search of fabric. I don't want to make the same mistake :-)

Beth Trissel said...

Definitely have to laugh or cry and sometimes do both. Thanks fort a fun post.

Emma Leigh said...

Great post. I'm in the promo stage of my first book right now and it is way too time consuming, but the results hopefully will be well worth it.

Maeve said...

LOL! Thanks for the chuckle, Rolynn! I feel your pain.

:-)

Rolynn Anderson said...

Kylie, the 1000 snafu involved microfiber screen-cleaning cloths. Glad I gave you, Beth, Emma and Maeve a laugh today. Makes me happy, too. Rolynn

Ana Morgan said...

Rolynn, I will remember to avoid that "good" promo idea. Thanks for sharing.

Darcy Lundeen said...

Oh, Rolynn, so funny. Thanks for sharing. I guess in one way or another we've all done things we'd rather forget. But you're right. Laughing is the only way to handle it. Oh, that and heading for the nearest batch of chocolate (or whatever your personal preference happens to be).

Rolynn Anderson said...

Darcy! Chocolate! Yes! Make my Dove milk chocolate or Dove white chocolate. Add any hard milk or dark chocolate See's Candies. Okay, when I'm desperate, I'll take Hershey's. Laughing and chocolate...best medicine!

Mona Risk said...

I have often wondered if chocolate doesn't improve, I mean sweeten the mood and the writing.

Mackenzie Crowne said...

LOL Rolynn. I feel your pain, and share your laughter. Thanks for the chuckle.

Rolynn Anderson said...

Thanks for the comments, Mona and Mac. Group laugh, it is! Rolynn

Vonnie Davis said...

Oh, the T-shirt. I can picture it now. Love it!!!

morgan said...

Thanks Rolynn for a smile, a laugh, and inspiration. I have thousands of Russian Giant Sunflower seeds from my summer crop. I want to use them as a promo item, but I have to write a book about sunflowers, call sunflower or something.:)

After going to RWA conferences, the one thing I still use from the goodie room is magnets and pens, although the condom certainly caught my attention. My sweetie took over the magnetic bookmark, so that's his favorite.

Rolynn Anderson said...

Morgan, planning a novel from a promo is a stunning idea (it doesn't take much to get us off and running on a story, does it?) But if you've already got a novel with a 'sunny' character, use that :-) Thanks for the savable promo tips. You know, I have nothing magnetic in my house (okay, my DH is)...is that a trend that's going to kill the magnet promo? Sigh!

Josie said...

Great post, Rolynn. You're right--we have to laugh about this crazy writing adventure we're all one--or we will cry.