In today’s post, author D. A. Squires tells what it is like promoting a book.
Book Promotion 101
I have already found out that the world of writing is peacefully pirouetting in a galaxy far, far away from the galaxy where the world of promotion is spinning like a top.
The former is a very lovely place, with beautiful, lofty vistas and time to think.
Solitary time is abundant—giving the writer both life blood and oxygen to breathe.
The latter is the polar opposite—hectic, demanding (VERY—how many forms of social media are there??) with hordes of white rabbit authors juggling pocket watches, cell phones and laptops, running around madly, and worst of all—everyone on planet Promotion is required to put on a self-promotional hat that MUST be pulled down tightly and never taken off.
Having recently made the acquaintance (briefly, but the impression is indelible) of this rather uncomfortable, unnatural (most writers are not extroverts) and just plain unfun (I know this is not a real word) world, I’m already terribly homesick for the tranquility of the other.
And if I could give all of this to someone else to do—the selling of the book–I would. I would even pay them.
Alas, sadly, this is not an option.
As a brand new author, under my belt so far (and there was no Jedi light saber attached to the belt, I checked):
√ One book signing with Kelly Arnold for our friends and family
√ A radio interview with Suzanne and these blog posts
√ Setting up a business Facebook page
√ Responding to reader email contact through my website
√ A local newspaper telephone interview
√ Contacting children’s book bloggers
√ Drafting press releases
√ Submitting the book to various awards and contests
√ Delivering or mailing complimentary copies to libraries, bookstores, and friends
√ Doing some strategic planning for the long road ahead.
So, with my new hat pulled down tightly around my ears (not comfortable, very plain, and a little itchy), . . . I am compelled by an invisible force field beamed down from that planet to ask not meekly, but boldly, that you visit my website, dasquires.com, for a ‘bird’s eye view’ of The Time Seekers.
And to tell you it is currently available from Amazon in paperback, and will soon be available as a Kindle eBook (with color added to the thirty interior illustrations).
Also to share this . . . ta da . . . taking a bow on my website very soon will be a handsome hard copy with elegant top hat and dinner—I mean dust—jacket.
Kindly check my website (the ‘Order’ page) for availability of both the snazzy, sophisticated Kindle eBook and the ‘gentle book’ wearing top hat, dust jacket, and tails (actually two elegant book flaps). My artist, graphic and website designer, Kelly Arnold, may be reached at kellyarnold.com.
I cannot recommend Kelly Arnold more highly, she is an amazing, multi-talented artist and graphic designer. As a sterling reference, she has previously been in residence at Number Seventeen Cherry-Tree Lane.
As my fifth and last blog post, in closing, I want to thank Suzanne for the opportunity to showcase my book on her wonderful website for children’s book authors, and for the opportunity to be interviewed by her for thirty minutes; the audio interview is archived and may be listened to at any time on www.bookbitesforkids.com.
Here’s hail to the rest of the road—to those who cobble the words together to create the stories and to all who read them.
Despite the headwinds and demands, I’m already quite sure it is the best road to be travelling.
And when I last checked the compass, the needle was pointing to true north.
As Stuart Little believed, no doubt the best direction to be headed.
To follow all 5 days of this tour, start at The National Writing for Children Center.