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#1 Jean Oram

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 11:08 PM

In your nonfiction proposal there is that lovely section where you blab on about some things you are hoping to do in regards to marketing and publicity should your book ever be published. Right? Right.

You might mention things like social media, book signings, book talks, radio spots, and that club you lead of 10,000 admirers who will buy anything you create. That's good. But it's just a start.

Here's the tip: You can never plan to do too much marketing or do too much to set yourself apart from other writers.

In other words... get specific in that marketing plan. Give that editor ammo to take to his or her acquisitions meeting. Don't just say, "I'm going to go to libraries." Say, I am a former librarian in the area and I know that the regional system is in dire need of a new writer in residence, I know the director personally, close to half the local librarians personally, and know I can do book talks, workshops, signings, book launches in all 50 of the regions libraries and probably even land that writer in residence role when my book comes out.

Think big. Think creatively.

What is the unique angle on your book? Is it about honeybees? Great! Try and get a table at the local beekeepers convention. They love that stuff! Is it a picture book about dinosaurs? Aim to get your book into the gift shop of dinosaur museums.

You can do it!

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 11:11 PM

Excellent suggestions!


Obviously, Jean's suggestions are not limited to librarians. The point is to make and use any and all connections you can. Excellent advice!

#3 Jean Oram

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 11:16 PM

Yes, connections is exactly it, Matt. Mention those connections. Show that you are connected. Once you start looking you might be surprised at how connected you seem/are. (And yeah, you don't have to be a librarian. :wink: )

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