I subscribe to Poetry Magazine.
It comes once a month, and if I diligently read one poem a day, I can finish the whole issue. (I fail at that goal more often than I succeed.)
Because I haven't gone to the post office for ten days, I'm still reading the December issue even though it is now January.
I'm glad I had the extra days cause I found a poet this morning that really caught my eye.
First with this
and then with a poem called "Friendly Skies, or, Black Woman Speaks Herself Into God"
After I read that poem, I checked the author listings to see if the poet had any published collections. The bio mentioned a book called Reparations Now, due out from Hub City Press this year.
So I googled Hub City Press and found the tab Bookshop.
I clicked and because I've had this happen before, I understood I was now at the indie alternative to Amazon site, Bookshop.
Which is lovely, but it's got All The Books, not just Hub City titles.
And Ashley M. Jones was nowhere to be found, most likely cause her book Reparations Now isn't due out until September.
But I pressed on cause I REALLY wanted that book.
I went to Amazon. Aha!
The Amazon description mentions this is her third book.
And since I like math, I knew that meant there were two other books.
So I clicked on her Amazon Author profile.
And sure enough there was one book.
I bought it.
And when I did, Amazon's algorithm coughed up the second.
And so I bought that too.
Now, here's the thing: Ashley M. Jones has lovely, wonderful website. It's right there.
In plain view.
But I didn't even google to see if she had one.
Yes, sometimes I am my own best example of idiocy.
So, figure on some of your fans being complete dunderheads. Just like me.
Make SURE your bio (on Twitter, on reviews you write, on short stories you get published) mentions the place you want readers to find you. Most often this will be your website.
But also, think about how people will look for you. Will they google the title of your book? Do that to see where you come up on the search results.
What about your name? Google yourself to see where your website shows up in the search results.
It's the start of a new year.
This is a good project for you.