In my new role at Behrman House Publishers, I recently wrote a list of tips for our authors. Thought some of you fun folks out there might find it useful as well:
Top 10 Tips for Getting Your Book to
What YOU Can Do to Support
#10 Tell your friends: Your friends (your Mom!) are your biggest fans and telling them can help the word get out like nothing else.
#9 The Internet: Do you have a website? A facebook page? If you don’t already have one, consider signing up for a free account.
#8 Speaking and events: Let organizations in your community know you are available to speak. You can tell the story behind your book, where you got your ideas–anything!
#7 Local media: Local and Jewish papers are often looking for new, unique content. Call or email them and introduce yourself. And if they are too busy to write an article…
#6 Offer to write one yourself!
#5 The blogosphere: Offer bloggers an interview, and invite them to review your book. Or, volunteer to do a Q&A or write a guest post.
#4: Fill in the blank: To promote his picture book, “Bats at the Beach”, author Brian Lies transformed his car into a book signing Bat- Mobile. What unique tactics could work for your book?
#3 Make it easy: Whenever you contact anyone, attach: 1) A JPEG image of the book cover. 2) Your credit info (like this: Article by Ann D. Koffsky)
#2 Look at your inbox: What organizations are contacting you? Anyone who is contacting you can be contacted back—tell them you wrote a book!
#1 Giveaways: Folks like free stuff! Run an online raffle on facebook. Or, if you don’t want to run it yourself, donate a copy of a book to a worthy organization and let them use it as a prize for their own raffle.
Don’t forget to follow Behrman House on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/behrmanhouse.
Just wanted to give a shoot-out to Jessica Marie Boehret. Jessica, THANK YOU so much for saving me at the Book Expo coat check line, and slipping me the $3 to check my suitcase. I’d forgotten take cash that day and she was really a lifesaver, swooping in to help little old me, a complete stranger.
So nice to know that there are genuinely kind people out there!
Jessica blogs about and reviews YA books at http://jessiemariereads.com–go check her out!
“Mom, I don’t want to go to bed yet!” ribbits this frog, as he peeking out from under his blanket.
“My Mom always told me to “Aim High”. So, even though I knew that Pharaoh’s palace was out of my reach, I was going to make there, no matter how many hops it took me.”