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Status: Drafting the fourth book in the PERILOUS series!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Countdown: 4: Marketing

If we are still on schedule, we are now four months out from my book release. I think the final round of edits before copy-edits has been turned in. But of course, I don't know. I may have blown something that my editor doesn't like, and we'll have to do another round. But we're getting there. We're definitely getting there.

I've talked about marketing so many times on this blog, but it's hugely important. Especially if you go with a small press, like I have. Who's going to find my book? Where are they going to buy it? These are things that it comes down to me, the author, to lay the foundation for before my book comes out. If anyone hears about my book, it's going to be because of my own (initial) contact with that person. I expect the first 2-300 copies I sell will be direct sells, where I have personally spoken with someone, told them about my book, and either hand sold it to them or directed them to my website to buy it.

So marketing starts now. This little thing I call (and you call) a blog is because I'm hoping each person on here will buy a copy of my book. Then I'm hoping you'll blog about it and everyone who reads your blog will buy a copy. (The book is THAT GOOD, trust me!)

I've also got my website up so when people start to Google me (they aren't yet, but they will), they'll find information about me and my book. Since the book will be difficult to find in bookstores, I will be able to sell it directly online to anyone who wants a copy. I'll even autograph it.

I'm hoping this book takes off like wildfire. Like Catching Fire. I'll let you know how beneficial my marketing efforts turn out to be.

9 comments:

sarahjayne smythe said...

I'm so thrilled that you're getting closer to the point of your book release. I can't wait to see it out in print. :)

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

you and me both, Sarahjayne!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I spent 8 years as a drug rep and still shudder at the work MARKETING. Okay, maybe that's because of what I was selling, and what the competition was doing. :)

I can't wait to read your book. It's YA, right? (The sophomore part tells me it is.)

Jen said...

Tamara you know I'll buy your book! I'm very excited to have it autographed as well!

I sent you another email about the interview! I hope to hear from you soon!! I know you're busy with all the busy work ahead but I'm excited for you!

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

It's so YA, Stina. I love YA. :)

Kasey said...

I can't wait to read it!

Talli Roland said...

For sure; keep us posted! I'll buy a copy, definitely.

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

I totally understand how you feel. My book is coming out very soon. And marketing is vital. Good luck. I'll keep and eye out for your book.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

Same to you, Talli and Kathi! I'm all about supporting authors. Even though it probably means I'll spend all my earnings on buying books--hey,I would've bought them anyway, right? :)

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