Thsnks for all of the support I received yesterday concerning my son. You'll never know how much it means to me. Writers are the BEST bunch of folks I know for supporting each other. Just to know that you are thinking of us and praying for him, it makes me feel so good. I told him about it and he is beyond words. No words can say, how he feels about the wonderful messages y'all sent!:)
When you write, and we do. You must think OUT of the box and realize there are a host of other things to be done, after you sign the contract. One of those things is a little thing called marketing. There are all types of marketing. But what type of marketing does an author do? Should we prepubbed authors have to think about this? Many authors think that they don't have to do anything. They are under the belief that they did all the work writing the book. The publisher should take care of this. You can't just hand everything over to the publisher. This is a business. You must do everything possible to ensure that your book has every chance to be successful.
Your book is important to you. It's not AS important to your publisher as it is to you. Authors have been talking about building your brand. That is your public character. The identity you want the public to see in you. One of the great ways to do this is to blog. YAY. I'm doing this. Blogging gets people interested in you and in your book. It's the best way to state your brand.
You csn make or have made marketing materials that are inexpensive, think Vista print. Bookmarks are great for all writers. Business cards are another great tool. Get some made up and hand them out to everyone. Book store owners, Librarians, everyone you come in contact with.
Your mailing list. We all need to work on this. And we need to work on it now. Add your kids teachers, doctors and everyone in between. Then when your book comes out, voila, you have a lot of people to tell. More sales(hopefully) and not a lot of work. Doesn't take a lot of time to jot down a name and email or snail mail address. Of course the most important thing is to get the thing finished, Yikes, June is almost here. My goal is to be done by the end of June.
These are things we all need to be thinking of. Thanks for reading. Anyone else have anything to add? :)