Why? Bee-cause nothing stirs up interest in a new book better than a good buzz. (Yes, I know it's a bad pun, but cut me some slack. Life has been hectic lately. I usually have this newsletter in the outbox by the 10th of the month, and it's already 6 pm of the 14th. That leaves me 13 hours to get it finished.)
But I digress.
I shall be plugging The Bridge of Whispers every chance I get (people have already started crossing the street when they see me coming), but there is much you can do to help get the word out too.
1. Networking: we used to call it gossiping. You tell someone and they tell someone and so on and so on. But now gossiping is more "out there" and more techy. Now it's called social media and it includes all kinds of images and videos and fancy fonts. So if you aren't already doing so, please follow me on Facebook and Instagram and chime in on my posts. It's also helpful is you share my posts with your network. If people who see your share also share it, the network grows exponentially. That's a lot of buzzing.
2. Sign Up for the Newsletter: Obviously I'm preaching to the choir here, but sharing the newsletter with family and friends, your child's teacher, the local librarian, and your network on social media can have great results. Anyone can subscribe. And unsubscribe (though I can't think why you would want to.) Tell folks they need only contact me with their email address.
3. Visit My Website: I update my site on a regular basis and there are two full pages devoted to The Seer Trilogy. You can also find out about events, news, my art, and you can read my blog. I'm always looking for feedback, so please feel free to contact me with suggestions, questions, and comments.
4. Goodreads: If you add my book to your TBR list on Goodreads, that too creates a buzz. If people see that a book is garnering a lot of interest, they're going to be interested too.
5. Preorder the Book: Even if you know your bookstore will be getting an ample supply, reserve your copy early. Reserve several copies. Books make great gifts for birthdays, Christmas, and as thank yous to teachers.
6. Tell the Librarians: Whether it's your public library or your child's school library, let the librarians know about the book and ask them to get it in. (Don't forget to mention The Druid and the Dragon too, since it is the first book of the trilogy.
7. Pushy Promotion: As friends and family of an author, it is your honour-bound duty to turn the book faceout on bookstore and library shelves. (Imagine the Mission Impossible music while you're doing it and try not to get caught.)
8. Reviews and Ratings: If you've read and enjoyed the book, please say so. Tell me, mention it on social media, write a review on Goodreads, Amazon, your library website, etc. Every little bit helps.
Thank you all for the support you have shown me so far on this journey. I am very grateful.