For those of you caught up in the book promotion frenzy, here's a great post by Arthur Slade about ads that work and how. Take a look.
In this month's Writer Magazine, Susan Shapiro offers up 20 tips for selling your first book. The article is on pp 30-32, but here's a list of some of those tips (condensed).
- Ask why you want to write the story. Inspire others? Legacy to kids?
- Don't expect to make the big bucks out of the gate. Be realistic.
- Just write the thing, for heaven sakes. The more pages you get down the better your chances at selling it.
- Read the exact kind of books you want to publish.
- Write what you're passionate about.
- Frame your book for the sale: a clever title, 2-5 lines that sum up your book. This is for when you trap an agent in an elevator.
- Ask for blurbs BEFORE you sell.
- My favorite: "Plumbers don't get plumber's block." In other words make writing your priority.
- Get criticized and good.
- Her stragegy: Switch to non-fiction if your fiction ain't cutting it.
- Build your platform: blog, TV, radio. Get known.
Daylight Saving Time:
45% of American adults say daylight saving time is not worth the hassle. 40% say it is. 27% say they've arrived somewhere early or late because of it. Rasmussen Reports. I love daylight saving time. Wish they never turned the clocks back.