Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Many Ways of Getting News About Your Book Out by Marilyn Meredith

Though I've used a lot of different ways to let people know when I have a new book out, I'm certainly no expert.

Because I'm on Facebook a lot, those who follow me know I'll soon have a new Deputy Tempe Crabtree out, A Cold Death. It's been edited and now waiting for the final proof and the cover. Of course the final proof will have to be checked carefully. We're hoping for an August publication. Yes, I know, we're cutting it short.

I'm big on blog tours, not so sure they generate sales, but a lot of people will hear about whatever book I happen to be promoting. I haven't done a thing about a blog tour for this one--just no time. Will I organize one? Probably.

As I've reported, I've done many library presentations--though I only sell a few books at these, people do learn about my two series. Fortunately, I have more library presentations to come.

Though I seldom do bookstore signings, I have two planned. One with Barnes and Nobel that a fan arranged, and another in a particular area I have many friends and even a couple of relatives.

I'll no doubt promote in the various Facebook groups--I'm never sure if this helps or is just annoying to people who belong to more than one of these groups.

I have a big presentation coming in August to a large writers group on the coast. I've been to this group many years ago and I'm looking forward to being there again.

I'm on several listserves--a couple of Sisters in Crime, other mystery related groups, and I will certainly let them know about the new book when it arrives. And of course, I'll drop a line to DorothyL.

Speaking of Sisters in Crime, I will indeed be sure to tell the three groups I belong to about the new Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery.

Though I'm not a big user of Twitter, I will indeed Tweet about my book.

In October, I'm going to participate in the Great Valley Bookfest--a fun event, and a good place to promote a new book.

Last, but not least, I have a monthly newsletter where I always write about what's going on in both my private and writing life.

If you know of something I've missed, please say so in the comment section. Or if there's something you've done that has worked well for you, tell us about it.


In the Saroyan Gallery at the main branch of the Fresno Library--listening to a question asked by an audience member.


Linda Thorne said...

Sometimes I wonder if posting on other author's blogs draws enough attention to make it worthwhile. Here's the response I get each time I ask my sister if she'll take a look at my current post on my personal blog. "What was that link address again." I'll say everytime: "My name. Just type in my name and put Dot Com after it then go to the blog page." I asked someone who's been a friend of mine for like 45 years if she'd look at my blog. She did and then said. "Who will ever go to it and why? Unless there's something in it for them, why would anyone troll websites looking for people's blog updates? But it is putting your work out there even if the results and profit are tiny. I bought and read and reviewed one of Simon Wood's books a year or so ago for only one reason. He used to come to the Fresno SinC meetings and do author talks when I lived in that area, so 11 years later, all the way across the country, someone on Goodreads recommended it and I bought it and reviewed it. That's not a huge return for Simon Woods, but how many other people has he touched in some way.

Morgan Mandel said...

It doesn't hurt to cover all bases!

Linda Thorne said...

I agree, Morgan. I've read a number of Marilyn's books and enjoyed all of them - even one that was horror and I sort of wished I hadn't yet I could NOT put it down. You never know what will click. John Grisham sold his earlier books out of the trunk of his car. The problems with us authors supporting other authors on posts is most of us (I think) can't read all of our author friends books. There's an glut of books out that.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

I just keep plugging along, that's all you can do.