Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Book Signings

It's probably too early, but I have been talking to book sellers in my area to see about setting up book signings or readings. So far, most of them seem to be receptive. The local author angle is good. I think I might be able to persuade Joseph-Beth to hold readings at their stores -- that would make it a three-state, five-city book tour all in itself. Anyway, I don't know if anything would pan out yet, but I'm just anxious to get out there and tell people about my book. Isn't this crazy?

Monday, November 21, 2005

Another Contract?

Mundania is interested in publishing one of my short stories in eBook format. I haven't seen the contract yet, but they're saying authors get 50% royalties (granted, the pieces won't sell for much individually).

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Press Kit

This week I'll be preparing my press kits and sending them out. I'll also visit some local book stores and libraries to pitch my book -- I'm hoping to get some signings and readings set up.


What's in a press kit? Here's a list of things to be included in a press kit:

1. Press Release -- basically an announcement of your book. Make it news worthy. Make it relevant and exciting and let people know why it matters.
2. Author Bio -- not a memoir; just a brief summary of who you are and what you've done in terms of writing. Feel free to include any fun facts of yourself, but don't bog it down with endless details
3. Author Photo -- professionally done headshots preferred. Do not include a snapshot that looks like Aunt Marie took of you while drunk. Also, be recent. Don't include something that is 10 years and 30 pounds earlier
4. CD, audio, video (optional) -- if you have done TV or radio interviews in the past, it's a good idea to include a copy of the footage or taping. That's to show that you're camera or radio ready
5. Business cards and other marketing materials such as bookmarks, posters, etc.
6. A copy of the book covers -- so they can use it for copies
7. A copy of your book -- so they can check it out and see what the fuss is about...
8. Reviews -- if you have any positive reviews, include them
9. Q&A and suggested questions -- media are busy people; they want you to do most of the homework for them. Besides, it gives them a better idea of what kind of writers you are

Stories of Strength

The Anthology was released on November 1. Please order your copy now:


Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Subscribe to This Blog

You can now subscribe to this blog and get email updates when I post something new.

Use this link: http://www.feedblitz.com/f/?Sub=6991