I've learned something over the past month. I mean, I think I already knew it, but now I really know it.
You can't market yourself as effectively as other people can.
The problem is, nobody will be as passionate about marketing you as you are.
But others can help, right? Right.
So I have an idea. I'm going to call it my "Authors Project." Each week I'm going to "adopt" a book, preferably an unknown book that I've read, loved, and is not seeing the public attention I know it deserves. And then I'm going to toot its horn EVERYWHERE. Remember me talking about the Kindle forums, where readers ask for books BUT YOU CAN'T TALK ABOUT YOUR OWN? So, I'll talk about somebody else's book.
The first book I'm going to do is TRUTH TELLER, by Kurt Chambers, someone I met on an online review forum... oh goodness, about five years ago. (Has it really been that long??) First of all, Kurt is simply awesome. He's from England, and he's been a great supporter/critiquer over the years. Second of all, a few years ago we had a two-week review frenzy and I was assigned to read Kurt's middle grade fantasy, Truth Teller.
What absolutely shocked me was that a book that good wasn't being snatched up by publishers.
It's a wonderful story about a girl who gets sucked into a world where elves still battle evil. She's human, and thus lacking in magical powers, and yet something about her humanity makes her the very key to save her new friends.
After years of trying to get an agent, Kurt decided to do it himself. A few weeks ago, he launched Truth Teller. On Friday, Kurt is going to be a guest blogger here. I can't wait for you to meet him and learn all about his book. If you can't wait either, go check out his blog here.
And get yourself a copy of Truth Teller. At $2.99, it's a small investment to make to discover a fantastic author. Get it here for Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Truth-Teller-ebook/dp/B006TI8JLY.
Want me to talk about your book? Let's talk!