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Promoting a Book - Where to send Press releases/how to pub

 
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Marooned



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2009 10:15 pm    Post subject: Promoting a Book - Where to send Press releases/how to pub Reply with quote

As I prepare for the release of my first book, I've begun thinking about where to send out press releases to get as much pub as possible, in addition to any grass roots efforts. I figured we could all brainstorm on it and we can all benefit from it, how's that?

Items so far:

Fleen
This Week in Webcomics
Art Patient
Gigcast Webcomic Wire
Digital Strips
Comics worth Reading takes submissions, however she does not guarantee that she'll review everything that crosses her desk. Check out her Submission Requirements and see if you're willing to send her something. (Seems like a long shot)

That's about all I got right now. Some I have previous relationships with, and some are just blogs I know of. Granted, sending a release to these blogs does not guarantee you pub. However, NOT sending a release to them DOES guarantee you won't get any pub. Get it?

I'm sure there are other outlets I'm missing, so let me know and I'll add to the list.

Grass Roots Efforts
Then comes the basic stuff, such as (leaving off promo on your own blog, that's obvious).

E-mail list of friends and family - and ask them to spread the word.
Post to your Facebook Page
Post in general to Facebook
Twitter it

I've talked to a local comic shop and she said I could do a book signing there if I like. I'm not sure I want to yet - 1) I'm a total unknown, and 2) I may not have enough books to even do it. If I do, I'd want some things at smaller price points too - if she'd allow it.

What are your other ideas? Let's build a good list.

The other question is WHEN you do you do this blast? For me, it's going to be at the start of pre-order.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2009 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, I don't think she will stock my book, it's kind of a one time shot to get some exposure to the locals and sell onhand stock. My problem is that I doubt I'll have much extra anyway. I'm undecided on whether to do it or not, although it seems like an easy opportunity to get in front of people, even if I make zero sales.

$89 isn't bad, but as I say - I won't really have extra books.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Edit - whoops, I guess she does review books. Good for the list, although probably a long shot, and most likely she would not work with my schedule either. Really if I don't get the pub during the preorder process, it's not going to be that much help.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 3:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are there any sci-fi communities that you're involved with?

I would do the signing if given a chance. Even if you sell one or two books, that's surely one or two people that will be reading your comic in the future. Also, you won't have any extra stock? At least have 5 to 10 extra books!

Also, you should check with the comic shop to see if they'll sell on consignment. Some shops will do this for local creators.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 4:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While I've been trying on the sci-fi community thing, most of my efforts have fallen flat, so no fruit there.

On the extra books thing, it's all a matter of how many preorders I get. Money is very tight right now, and I just don't have much to order extra books. We'll see how it goes.

I'm making so little on these books, I'd probably lose money on consignment. I'd rather sell them direct this time through.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 4:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

marooned wrote:
While I've been trying on the sci-fi community thing, most of my efforts have fallen flat, so no fruit there.

On the extra books thing, it's all a matter of how many preorders I get. Money is very tight right now, and I just don't have much to order extra books. We'll see how it goes.

I'm making so little on these books, I'd probably lose money on consignment. I'd rather sell them direct this time through.


That's understandable. It's hard to make much profit on POD. I don't sell books through a store for the same reason.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've actually sent a press release out in the past to local papers and had a feature done on me in one of them. I'm assuming they would at least follow up and print something small about the book.

Thanks for the info Spencey, that will help in crafting this one. I am going POD, so my stock will be mostly based on preorders. I really won't have review copies to send out. I live in Chicago though, so it's highly unlikely The Sun Times or the Chicago Tribune would print anything, especially in these hard times for papers. They are running very little if any local content nowadays.
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