Guest blogger and author Mary L. Tabor shares her book marketing techniques
By Mary L. Tabor
you wanna get published, right? So you think only a big house can get
you anywhere worth getting, right? So, you think you need an agent first
I thought all these things and have the credentials to
prove that I’ve been on a literary journey: English major, Phi Beta
Kappa, teacher, professor, MFA degree, literary journal editor, literary
prize winner. But no big house and no agent.
I did what some may think is crazy. I went with a product development
company that dabbled in publishing. But my book got out. And I went to
work. I have an active public Facebook page that is linked to my Twitter account, a website always under revision as new stuff happens and I write a blog where I try to post at least once a week.
post that you are reading would have been this essay. But this site
begged for it and it’s theirs. But later you may see this post on my blog. Go check out this: How to buy a dress and end up with a book party.
I don’t tweet about my memoir (Re)Making Love: a sex after sixty story
much, though some. I don’t blog about my book much, but some: actually,
I blogged the book while I lived it—that’s the first crazy-some-say
thing I did before the product development company found me—and that accounts
for the banner of a blog that deals not with erotica but with literary
thought, interviews and essays on writing and books.
think a book with this sordid, unconventional history wouldn’t be doing
very well, right? And, indeed, I’m not getting rich. But is that what we
artists are really about? Okay, a girl could hope but that’s never been
the goal: The work will out.
But get this: The small print in the
visual for the book from Amazon says, #7 top rated in the Kindle store for
Non-Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Arts &literature, Authors.
The week before it was #5 behind The Diary of Anne Frank and Steven King’s On Writing.
And guess what: The book party at Upstairs on 7th
(aka: “How to buy a dress and get a book party”) resulted in the
promise of another book party by one of the women who came.
Then I went
to dinner with a banker-friend I know and told him what happened. He
called his wife and is planning another book party in another dress shop
and he’ll be providing the wine.
Is there a moral? Ain’t no good
here at morals. But I will say this: If you put your heart and soul into
your book and you’ve edited it like crazy with a cool eye, had others
eyeball it and critique it, then find a reputable publisher and work—yes
that means you—to sell one book at a time. Because like the memoir I wrote, it’s all personal.
Another piece of good news: A new and much more experienced indie
publisher has taken my memoir. Be sure to check out the second edition
(more edits and a prologue) now from Outer Banks Publishing Group.
(Re)MAKING LOVE: a sex after sixty story, second edition, is available on Amazon, the Kindle, Barnes & Noble, the Nook, iBook, Sony ereader, the Outer Banks Publishing Group Bookstore and in other electronic formats from Smashwords.com.