I have made no secret of the fact that I'm setting up a blog tour to promote my new mystery, Safe House, which is coming out in print. As I was doing this, someone recommended to me that I ask to be a guest "chatter" at a site that even has Writer's Digest's recommendation. I resisted at first, since I have done chats before and worry about them. While I dithered, I decided to see if others included chats in their blog tours.
As I looked around, I seemed to find more and more chat rooms but most seemed to be hosted and attended by romance writers and their fans. Novelsisterhood is open to all genres and the chats are regularly scheduled by publishers as well as other groups, but there wasn't much in the way of participation by mystery folk, although I tend to believe there is a certain amount of cross-over readership. (I did see a few mystery authors book their time on Novelsisterhood's blog.)
I saw no chats on any of the mystery sites except for Crimespace where the chat room was so little utilized that it seemed to be growing cobwebs. An attempt to inaugurate a discussion on crimespace about chats as promo elicited some interest--if I wanted to set one up a few people would force themselves to promote at it. I figured that didn't sound as though it would be wildly sucessful.
When I last had a book to promote chats were required. My publisher set some up, but it was understood that I would do others too--it was as much a part of the promo responsiblities as book signings. I attended them and promoted at them and learned to avoid certain ones. (It's not that I'm exactly a prude but some of those romance writers can get to be pretty....vivid.) But I wasn't noticing this great divide between the genres. So now I'm wondering: Are mystery writers just not as chatty as romance writers?
Christine Duncan is the author of the Kaye Berreano mystery series.