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Marketing a Book #2 – Lemony Snicket’s Great Advice

Marketing a Book #2 – Lemony Snicket’s Great Advice

Wouldn’t it be great to come up with a concept as neat as Lemony Snicket. Of course, that idea reflects the genius of David Handler. It is up to others to come up with their own ideas for a great and entertaining series of books in the genre of their own choice. There is one product of David Handler’s thinking that we might all copy without fear of copyright infringement. That idea was expressed in an article by Sarah Shaffi in the Bookseller ( http://www.thebookseller.com/news/lemony-snicket-urges-authors-connect-indie-bookshops Oct. 16, 2015)

In the article, Shaffi relates Handler’s ideas on using indie bookstores to market your book, and that’s exactly what I plan to do. Obviously this is just one of several marketing techniques planned for my campaign to sell copies of my book Through a Lens of Emptiness. In Marketing a book #1, I already discussed using Google Ads and Social Media to get my book some profile. Here’s how I plan to implement Daniel Handler’s idea.

I have already approached my local independent bookstore, Pickwick Books in Watertown, Ontario, with the idea. I have asked them to give my book placement in their shop in return for free advertising on my personal website. The plan is for me to provide a few signed copies of the book for sale in their store, and for me to share the profit on the sale with them. Since I can get copies of my book at a discounted rate, and can set the sale price for those copies as I wish. This arrangement is a win-win for Pickwick Books and for me every time a book sells.

Working with my local independent bookstore is logical but clearly only good for moving a few books. To make this a viable plan of action, I’ll need to line up as many independent bookstores in as broad a geographic region as possible. Not only will this take some effort on my part, but also some thought as to how to approach a bookstore with the idea and how to select the stores I want to approach. The number of books I purchase at a discount from the publisher is limited by the resources available to me ($$$$ + time + proximity). Because of these limitations, I need to establish some meaningful criteria to guide my choices.

These are the criteria I will apply to selecting which bookstores to approach:

1. The store needs to have a good location and regular clientele.

2. The bookstore should be relatively well established.

3. Use the post office and a phone call to introduce myself.

4. The owner of the bookstore should show some interest in the content of my book.

5. The bookstore should be within one to one and a half hours drive from my home.

That’s the plan and this spring is the launch date. I’ll keep my readers informed about the efficacy of this plan as it unfolds. I thought Lemony’s Dan Handler) idea had real merit. My only innovation re his suggestion is to provide free advertising for each bookstore participating in my plan on the web.

Until my next post, as always your faithful blogger,

L Alan Weiss (Larry) –
Author of Through a Lens of Emptiness: Reflections on Life, Longevity and Contentment

Visit my author website at http://www.lalanweiss.com

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Working with an e-Publisher – Update

PerWorking with an e-Publisher – Update

In my last post I related two points of information; the first explained that the publishing process had reached the stage of approved block designs for the cover and book interior including a completed index, and the second related to a small tense issue in the cover text.

I sent a note to my PSA (Publishing Support Associate), the title of the individual who guides me through the final part of the publishing process. In the note I explained my concern. His response explained the context in which the tense was chosen, which made perfect sense. If you consider the tense relationships in the cover text as a unique piece of writing, then inconsistencies in tense seem like a glaring error. However, the cover text is written in reference to the completed book and to the actions of the author in writing it. Thus, the past tense in amongst words implying the present make sense, since the acts related to writing are in the past.

As I reflect back on the whole experience if writing a few key ideas stand out in my mind.

1. Completing a lengthy writing project is more work than one can imagine.

2. The sense of accomplishment on completion of the project is greater than expected.

3. The final product cannot be achieved without the support of many professionals unless one is thoroughly versed in every phase of the process.

4. The writing process presents the writer with moments of exhilaration, frustration, satisfaction, and dismay. The remarkable thing about all these feelings is that there is nothing unpleasant about them.

5. If one is not prepared to be disciplined, self-critical, persistent, and determined to complete your writing project writing is not the best way to spend your time.

The next step in the process is to review the printer’s proof. When it arrives by courier, I will see the finished product for the first time. My next post in this series will follow shortly after the proof copy is in my hands. The feeling of excitement that comes with this stage of the process is irrepressible. The plan is to luxuriate in the moment.

Until my next post, as always your faithful blogger,

L Alan Weiss – Author of Through a Lens of Emptiness: Reflections on Life, Longevity, and Contentment.

Visit my author website at www.lalanweiss.com

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