This week I’m introducing a new post, Eat this Book, inspired by the adorable black kitten munching on a proffered tome. Hey, no cat lady crap! I owned ONE bad-tempered black cat for 19+ years. The others were/are black and white…
In Eat This Book, I’ll explore the value of books as entities, starting with the mystery books crowding my own shelves. I’ll look at market value: what is that signed P. D. James original today? And/or historical value: author Liza Cody and her amazing Bucket Nut series. Look for my upcoming visits to fab bookstore owners Marian Misters of Sleuth of Baker Street and Peter Sellers of Sellers and Newell.
Also I’ll highlight new books that no emerging or hard-working established writer can do without. To start off, I’m going to tell you about a book by fellow thriller writer, Kristina Stanley to be released on May 28th. (Do check out our interview on Cyber Café!) I’ve already pre-ordered my copy.
The most pressing problem authors have is to find readers. How do you find an audience for your writing? Many writers, including myself, rely heavily on libraries and book stores, but what if you reach more people who would like your book? The answer is targeted marketing.
Kristina and I both write outdoors thrillers. Some possible sales venues include sporting goods stores, ski resorts, boat shows, etc. Authors of culinary mysteries might choose a local kitchen store or cooking school. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. In her book, Kristina also shares how to keep track of your books on consignment and how to manage your sales revenues and costs.
So don’t delay, fellow writers. EAT THIS BOOK!