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:
This Week in Webcomics
Gigcast Webcomic Wire
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
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.