I think I have motion sickness.
Some weeks are like that, you know? It's the whole, when it rains, it pours thing. I thought when the blog was changed, when the trailer was done, when the website was up, things would get simpler. Who was I kidding? It's never like that!
I got big news from my publisher this week... news that involves quickly writing up a convincing and thorough marketing plan by tomorrow.
Can you say panic?
It's not because I have a small publisher that I have to do this, either. I mean, I don't know - those of you being published by big powerhouses, please chime in!! But today I felt really relieved when I read this excellent post over at BookEnds. Everything Jessica says a publisher should do, mine does.
But there are limits to what a publisher can do. A publisher doesn't know the ten little newspapers in my area that would love to print an article about a local author. They don't know the 20 blogs I follow that would gladly do interviews or reviews of my book. They don't know a list of exactly the right people - who I actually have real relationships with - that can blurb my book.
So in the end, they'll send out books and press kits and one-sheets and arrange signings, but I have to do the leg work. Honestly, I can't imagine how it could be any different.
But man, it's a lot of work.
So here is how I have it broken down:
- Possible Interviews
- Social Networking (blog, website, Twitter, Facebook)
- Book Review Possibilities (including bloggers)
- Organizations that might be interested in plugging it
- Contacts who might blurb or help promote
- Bookstores or other signing opportunities
- Local Newspapers, radio, and TV
Hopefully this is enough to get started. The greatest part of all of the research is that I've discovered a bunch of very, very cool review blogs, which I'll try to share later. Even if they don't review my book, I'll find some great reading material from them!
So, what did I miss? Any other suggestions?