Day 9 – What’s your best NON-bookstore venue?

Selling through cubing shops!

Selling through cubing shops!

Day 9 prompt is:

What would be the ideal NON-bookstore venue for selling your book? Why? What is your plan to reach out to such a venue to ask about having them carry your book?

For my book, 3… 2… 1… Done!, my ideal non-bookstore venue is the cubing shops. As this is the first fiction book that features a speedcuber, this is is the best place to put the book so that other cubers can find it.

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Day 8 – If book marketing were a sandwich…

Marketing Sandwich

Marketing Sandwich

Day 8 prompt is:

In America, November 3rd is  National Sandwich Day. Step back for a minute and think of your book marketing campaign as a sandwich. What are the ingredients? What make up the guts of your campaign? What comprises the bread/wrap/lettuce leaf that holds it together? And what are the condiments – the extras that add spice and really make it delicious?

BONUS: Which sandwich does your book most resemble?

This is a hard prompt, probably because my book marketing is a bit ad hoc at the moment, consisting of whatever I can fit in in the time I have available.

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Day 7 – If only I could meet…

Felix Zemdegs and my book!

Feliks Zemdegs and my book!

Day 7 prompt is:

If you could ask anyone in the world to write a blurb for your book, who would it be? Why that person/people? How did/will you go about reaching them? Yes – really!

This question was asked of us last year, and I have my answer here.

You want to know something? It happened! Feliks Zemdegs endorsed my book 3… 2… 1… Done! and is encouraging with the other cubing stories I’m working on.

How did this happen?

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Day 6 – About that platform…

Working on my platform!

Working on my platform!

Day 6 prompt is:

As an author, your platform is your building block to an audience. It’s where you’re showing up on a regular basis, whom you’re influencing, who knows you, who’s following you, who’s talking about you, who’s waiting for that (next) book to come out. What are the three most important things you are presently doing to grow your platform? What are three new steps you will undertake in the first quarter of 2017 to shake things up a bit?

Platform is something I’m still working on. I’m on Facebook and Twitter, as well as having this blog and an author website. I also have an email newsletter that I rarely send to! I admit that I’m a bit ad hoc when it comes to posting there…

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Day 5 – My book is a little like…

My book is a little like?

My book is a little like?

Day 5 prompt is:

Every author wants their book to be different – to stand out in the crowd. But when it comes to selling your book, it’s also important to know what it’s similar to so that you can give people comparisons they can easily understand. For instance, who hasn’t heard Star Wars described as a Western set in space? What kinds of comparisons could you make in describing your book so that people know instantly what it – or isn’t – similar to?

Hmmm… this is a hard prompt. For the books I’ve written, I tend to describe the issues in the book for people know what it’s about as they are “real life” books, rather than fantasy or science fiction.

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Day 4 – Book Covers

All about the cover!

All about the cover!

Day 4 prompt is:

A book cover is a very important marketing tool – probably the first one an author will create. You’ll use it even before your book is done to help build interest. Describe your process for choosing and designing your book cover. Who created your cover? How did you find him/her? What do you love about your cover? What might you do differently next time?

When I was looking for inspiration for the cover for Swallow Me, NOW! I headed straight to the local library and straight to the junior section and looked at books that were aimed at a similar age group and looked at what they had on the covers.

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Day 3 – Book Costume

Book character costume

Book character costume

Day 3 prompt is:

On the day before All Hallow’s Eve, let’s examine the obvious and think Halloween today. If you were to put together a “costume” to promote your book, wear at your book signings/events, and otherwise attract attention – and, more importantly, questions – about your book, what would it look like? Are you brave enough to actually wear it?

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Day 2 – Demographics of a reader

Day 2 prompt is:

Another key to book marketing success is knowing everything about your ideal reader’s demographics (e.g. age, gender, education level, income level, religious preference, parenting status, marital status) as well as their psychographics, which covers everything from the kind of car they drive to their favorite social media sites to what they do on Saturday mornings. Extrapolate to the parents if you’re a children’s author. Tell us about your ideal reader.

While I am a children’s author, I write books for middle grade readers. These kids can read books to themselves and are starting to choose books for themselves! So, while the prompt says to extrapolate to their parents, this may be more relevant for picture book authors…

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Day 1 – Hook for a book

321-done-ebook-coverThe Day 1 prompt is:

Having a hook is one of the keys to successfully marketing your book. What is your 30-second elevator pitch? And whom would you most like to give it to?

Elevator pitches are something I’ve always struggled with, whether it’s to explain my books, or when I ran my own business!

Swallow Me, NOW! is the story of Samantha, a grade 5 girl who starts a new school and learns to deal with the school bully.

3… 2… 1… Done! is the story of Tony, a boy in grade 6. When he discovers his little brother is actually sick and not faking it, he decides to use his Rubik’s cube to do something to help.

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Author Blog Challenge – No Excuses!

Author blog challenge

Author blog challenge

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged here… so to get me back in the swing of things, I’m taking part in the Author Blog Challenge – No Excuses challenge over the next three weeks.

There are prompts for posts each day as well as a great community of authors to discover. I hope you’ll enjoy my posts over the next few weeks.

If you want to take part in this challenge, you can sign up here.

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