I've got a book signing scheduled for my first ever published book. I'm so excited. We are getting some good responses on it and are hoping to have some local write ups in the paper soon. Though I have to admit that the marketing part is harder than the writing.
It is called A Gift for a Mouse (link on my profile page) and is about a little mouse watching the last supper. It was originally published on HubPages and is the first of a series. A friend of mine illustrated it.
It's called a Gift for a Mouse (see profile page). I am self-published. I went through CreateSpace which a division of Amazon. Therefore, my book is also being marketed by Amazon. This company got great reviews from everyone (including people on HubPages).
I went the self-publishing route with CreateSpace. The whole process with proof copies and editing took about 2 months. A friend of mine edited it and then I sent it off for publishing. CreateSpace says it takes about 3 weeks to print and ship, but I got it in less than a week which I think is outstanding.
Thank you ALL for your support and encouragement. To be honest the hardest part is the marketing and it is scary because that is not my strong suit, but then neither was writing. I'm learning thanks to many people who have been down this road already and is not hesitant to give advice.
And actually, the marketing part (at least for the signing) is easier than the book writing. lol It's what I do. You need to put together a professional press release and/or press kit and send it to all your local papers, regional magazines, libraries, book stores, etc. (you can research how to online). Churches--that's good, too....
Include an author's bio, photo, something colorful and eye catching--a color copy of the book, perhaps.... Maybe get some stuff up on some websites with good traffic. Give free readings at children's libraries and publicize them. Contact local radio stations/church stations and see if they'll do some kind of segment on you. Or public access television.
At the signing, also--you are always more popular if you have a little food! Can vouch for that one!
Look at all the cute felines on this forum! Must be all the talk about a "mouse" that brought them out:-). Seriously, that is an awesome accomplishment, RGraf. I am so impressed! It's exciting to know another bona fide, published author! MM
Congratulations RGraf! I think the good part about having your book on amazon is the potential for people from all over the world to order your book at any given time. Of course you will have to market it in other ways if you really want to make a profit, but I am sure you are on your way.
Again, thank you all for your support and encouragement.
The book signing location is a local coffee shop and from what I've heard every one she has done has turned out great. I'll make sure that some food is available. That always does seem to work.
A lot of marketing help is coming from the illustrator who owns his own tattoo shop and does a lot of marketing and a friend who owns several highly successful online businesses. We are giving promotional copies to our local bookstores and library. The editor of it is the editor for the local paper and she might see about getting it written up.
I'm also looking at making bookmarks to go with it and a starter charm bracelet so when each book in the series comes out you can buy a charm for the book's main character. I love to make jewelry so that won't be hard for me at.
Our website for the book also is a chance to give promotional coupons and affiliate marketing to help word of mouth.
Thank you for all the great suggestions. I appreciate any help I can get because this is a whole new world for me.
Well done RGraf! Excellento! Please let me know if you come up with some great marketing tricks, as that's what I'm really needing! Marketing from China is so difficult! Hey Lita! maybe you can give me some ideas as well? I'm currently working with Createspace as well!
Hey RGraf, congratulation on your new book. That is great. Perhaps you could share the secret as to how you got published? I've been trying to get published for years now, but keep getting the same response; the childrens book market is not viable in todays economy and we are not currently publishing any childrens books.
I looked at the standard publishers and most were not wanting any new writers. So, a friend of mine has self-published his books. I looked into it and decided that CreateSpace was the way to go for me since my book would then be available on Amazon.
The children's book market is flooded with books. So the book needs to be unique. With mine, I've never found anyone who wrote anything close to it so mine will stand out. the best test is to give it to a child in the age group you are targeting and get their response. To be honest, I wrote mine first for HubPages and the response was so big that several close friends encouraged me to publish it. I asked my children and a few of their friends. That got the ball rolling.
Hey again, thanks for rseponding. But did u publish your story to hubpages so everyone could read it? Were you worried about someone stealing it? I would def do that if I thought that it wouldnt get copied. How do you make sure? I've ahd my book read to children and a copy has been read by at least a hundred people and i have had great feedback, even by a publishing house, but rejected it for money issues in printing picture books. so i think it would bode well. is it really safe to publish it to hubpages? thanks for your info
HubPages has dates on when I published it so that it would be protected from stealing. I periodically went out to see if it had been copied anywhere and never could find it. When I published the book and copyrighted it, I took it off HubPages then.
Congrats RGraf! I, too, just published my first book...it's an alternative history fiction novel called "First Testament---The Stones of Knowing" and is due out in print this August or September at the latest. I chose the self-publishing route as well, but decided to use the services of a self-publishing house. It cost me a few bucks but with all the services they provide, I felt it was worth it. I have a summary of the book on one of my hubs, if anyone is interested. And as for Megs78...if you still have questions about getting published, I also have a hub describing the self-publishing process, why I chose it over traditional publishing, and which house I decided to go with. Just search for "onthewriteside" or click on my profile pic and you can find them both. Good luck to all!
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