I have discovered that not only am I still a newby at self-promotion, I’ve also been pretty naive.
You see, I had this idea that, once my book was published, all I would have to do to get a signing or have the chance to do an author’s reading is call the library or book store and make myself available.
Unfortunately, the truth is quite different.
- I’ve contacted my local public library branch. They pointed me to someone at the central branch. I contacted her. She never (EVER) returned my call. I emailed the main library’s help contact and they responded that my email had been sent to their promotions department. Again, I’ve never received a reply beyond that.
- I went to a local big chain bookstore that has a “Local Author’s” shelf. They told me they would be happy to have me come in for 45% of the cover price. The only problem is, I pay more than that per book myself. No kidding they would be happy to have me. I’ve marked that as “Thanks, but no thanks.”
- I’ve had representatives (teachers, library volunteers, etc.) from various schools say that they would like to have me come in. Except, when I reach out to them, nothing comes from it.
- The local yearly Young Writer’s conference, that I have volunteered at for the past 8 years and have made several contacts, has not replied to my request to come as a guest. I gave them everything they asked for and, as far as I know, nothing is coming from it.
- I went to another public library in my in-law’s home city. Talked to a librarian. Left my information, and, you guessed it, nothing has happened.
Maybe I’m just being too impatient. Maybe 6 – 10 weeks isn’t long enough to get an answer back. I don’t know. It is frustrating though.
All I can do is keep plugging away. Eventually (like when the second or third book is out) I might have some success. Here’s hoping.
In the mean time, if you would like to interview me or have me do a virtual reading or anything of that kind, please let me know. I’m sure I can find some openings in my schedule.