The Time I Accidentally Resorted to Prostitution…

Posted March 25, 2014 by SE Babin in Uncategorized / 22 Comments

I am green to marketing. Although I’ve worked in “sales” before, this new venture is unlike anything I’ve ever done. I have spent hours in front of the computer looking at author promotion…how to get word of my book out without being an annoying salesperson and how to increase my sales.

As with many things involving me…hilarity ensued.

I decided to do my very first Facebook ad. Everything was great. I had it all set up and ready to go. Facebook approved my ads and all was good with the world. I was so excited…

I was about to get my stuff shown to almost 16 million people. What the what?! Awesome, right?

So what happened was, Facebook said I could pick three pictures to help me advertise the book. I chose a book cover pic, my web banner and a picture of me. Sounds legit.

What I didn’t expect to happen was Facebook plastering my picture on the ad with the slogan, “A fun, sexy romp!” beside it.

And now I can’t figure out how to fix it.

For the record, I just want to state that I have not resorted to prostitution in order to sell my book.

Learn from me, young writers. Let me show you the path to stay away from.

*Caveat – If I suddenly find myself on the bestseller lists, I will no longer have any qualms about shamelessly promoting my sexuality in order to increase sales.

**Not really. But I would be sorely tempted.


*** UPDATE – I FIXED IT!! So, if it ever happens to you, I can be your crisis manager. It’s a win, win.

22 responses to “The Time I Accidentally Resorted to Prostitution…

  1. Treasure Island is my favorite book. The adventure, the danger, the characters, the hilarity – it has everything. After my family, my copy is the first thing I'd save in a house fire.

  2. I don't know that I can name one favorite book—so many books have made impressions on me and shaped the way I think. Things like the Nancy Drew books of my childhood, John Steinbeck, Kurt Vonnegut come immediately to mind but there are so many more.
    Mary Beth Elderton

  3. It may sound silly but my favorite book is Mr. Brown can moo by dr seuss. We would read it nightly as a family. I could always look forward to that time no matter how hard my day was.

  4. I do have several favorites but there is one book that I will never forget the most intense scenes that will forever remain in the forefront of my brain and that is "The Heart of War" or actually the "Of War" Series by Lisa Beth Darling – about Ares and his God-ling family.

    We all have a perception of how powerful the gods are and how everyone loves them but in the Of War series, Lisa Beth Darling gives a background deception, jealousy, backstabbing, and the most grotesque mannerism of Zeus, Apollo, Aphrodite, Eros,etc…

    Also the erotic scenes are dark and gritty that give you chills and have your own blood rousing. Of course I'm a sucker for Gods especially Sexy Gods – LOL

  5. I think a book that really affected me was "Me to We" my Craig and Mark Kielburger – they talk about really coming out of yourself to help make a change in the community and it was just super inspirational. I also loved The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseni – they really got me interested in the Middle East and Islam which is now a huge passion of mine 🙂

  6. One more thing, I'm moderating the entries for the Kindle Giveaway. I see you posted in the forum, but the entry requires leaving a review for the book. If you'd like to have those 10 entries into the drawing, please send me the link to the review. Thanks!

  7. One of my all-time favorite books is Neil Gaiman's 'Anansi Boys.' The sibling rivalry, fantastical elements, and wry humor were a trifecta of things I enjoy in a good book.

  8. One of my favorite books is Enders Game I read it years ago!! This is going to sound funny but that book, because it was so creative and made you feel like you are in Enders world it motivated me to try to become a fiction author. I'm still working towards that 🙂

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