If you’re like me, you’d rather write than promote. Okay, you could be an extrovert and still feel that way. But the fact of the matter is that it is harder for us introverts to promote our books. I know I’d be overwhelmed without the protective barrier of the internet. Writer’s Fun Zone has a nice article on this. Click here for it.
Directly from the Shelf Awareness Newsletter:
Inhabitat showcased “The Real Cookbook” from German design agency Korefe, “a delicious creation made of 100% fresh pasta. Flip it open for some toothsome inspiration, and tear out the pages to use as sheets of lasagna. For both the seasoned chef and the novice cook, just bake the book and eat!”
The photo sharing website has garnered 12 million followers in under a year. How this works – you ‘pin’ a picture of something you like you to your page. You can repin or like, share via Facebook, twitter, and so on.
Potential uses for Pinterest: if you have a great recipe you want shared, take a great picture of it. Works for travel agents as well.
How it might help writers: the cover of your book gets shared, building a buzz around your book. Worth a try, imo.
I’ve created two groups on Facebook:
Recommendation for Readers
Feel free to post information about your own book, but only once please.
If you’ve read a book you feel deserves wider audience, please post.
I’ve started off with Bob Sanchez’s When Pigs Fly.
Resource For Writers where you may post:
a. Tips for writers
b. Resource of use to writers – editors, kindle formatters, writing opportunities etc
I’ve started off with information about a book cover designer.
The (US-based) National Book Foundation goofed up big time. After announcing Lauren Myracle‘s Shine as a finalist for the NBF, the organization asked Myracle to withdraw from the nomination.They apparently meant to shortlist Franny Billingsley‘s Chime, but got it confused with Shine. Since Myracle’s book is about a teenage victim of hate crime, at least the Mathew Shepard Foundation got $5000 out of it (in apology from the NBF).
Great article from Nancy J. Cohen on how to make a book trailer.
Whether you are a traditionally published author or self-published, you have to promote your books. That’s the new reality, and there’s no way around it (unless you are Stephen King or Nora Roberts).
Publicist Maryglenn McCombs has some tips. Click here for details.