Monday, January 9, 2012

Savvy Promoting and Impressions - what do you do?

Funny how important impressions can be.

The latest news is a high school girl recently wanted to put a provocative photo in her yearbook and was turned down. So she gets to go on the Today show.

Oh, and the girl wants to be a model.

Maybe the photo is not so high school yearbook appropriate but - given our media-grabbing world, is this more about getting free publicity than the real issue?

One newsletter I've read talks about tying your book into recent news events. As an author what kinds of situations can we use to get our books out there? Or are there any you have used? (Given the recent types of topics I've been writing on - zombies - that may be hard. ha!)

Your thoughts?


Morgan Mandel said...

I've been trying to figure out how to get to the public readers about my book. It's hard for me to think outside the box. So far, I'm reaching the same people who are in my circles. Most of them are author and they're selling books also.

When you get an answer, let me know!

Morgan Mandel

S. M. Boyce said...

It really depends on your genre, I think. I'm a fantasy author, so I'm not sure how my book can tie into public news conversations at all, except maybe as an explanation for why some people just up and disappear. Even that sounds like a premise for an entirely different novel than the epic/urban fantasy book I wrote!

It's an interesting theory, and a good one if you fight the right news stories. All in all, though, I think fiction is supposed to be an escape from the real world, so tying in a news story might actually alientate some people. It's a delicate balance.

Good luck with it!

-S.M. Boyce
Author of The Grimoire: Lichgates
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CA Verstraete said...

Know what you mean Morgan, inevitably authors are promoting to authors. Lots of promoting out there! I can hope that some of my other interest groups (dogs, miniatures) happen to sometimes like reading, too.

I agree, SM. It's a fine line. A hard one to figure!

CA Verstraete said...

Morgan have you done the book bazaar on the kindle boards? And with such a title, I wonder if Forever Young might appeal to senior centers - readers with kindles? Or a workshop on using a kindle - and introducing your book?

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