How to Promote Your Children’s Book: Tips, Tricks, and Secrets to Create a Bestseller (Kindle, iPad, Nook, PDF)
I don’t even have an eReader, but people in the biz whom I respect, were recommending this book, and I had fairly recently discovered Katie’s blog and podcasts and totally dig her style and humour, so I bought it and read it on my Mac. Reading a book on a computer is NOT to be recommended, but reading “How to Promote your Children’s Book” most certainly is. This topic is the one thing I dread about being an author, and the idea no longer completely overwhelms me! This is a hands-on, in-depth, information-filled (mmm, how many more hyphenated words can I add?) resource for ANY children’s writer needing to promote a book (whatever the genre and whatever the format).
Katie’s style is conversational, funny and engaging, so I think many will speed through it in a couple of sittings, as I did. I feel like this is how Katie would chat to me if I were to sit down in a café to eat popovers with her (and a bunch of other famous kidlit peeps), thus I quickly became enthused that I too might become a promotional whizz. The book also contains a multitude of links, which I am now going though on my second read through. Katie has many friends in the kidlit world and shares interviews and insights from many professionals in the industry. Just some of the things Katie touches on are: budget, social media, video, giveaways, twitter trauma, blog beginnings, facing up to Facebook, working in a team… All these things can seem too much to us, but the practical examples offered, the examples of how to AND how not to, bring everything truly within our grasp, even as a not-yet-published newbie.
You may be thinking, “I’ll get this book when I get my first publishing deal”, WRONG, you need this book now, folks. So much of this advice can be put into place right now. I had a ‘timing’ question, which I shot off to Katie half way through my reading and received an immediate and helpful reply. At the end of each chapter are homework assignments, as, after all, this is a how to guide. Remember; even if you aren’t ready to launch your own book, you can become involved in the thrill of helping to promote others’ work!
I’ll give you a taster. Here’s a quote about setting up a FB fan page:
“You have GOT to get a Facebook Fan page already. I mean no disrespect to your Mom, but when I want to see pictures of your latest book tour, I don’t like having to filter through your family vacation pictures. I mean, geez, do you really want 1000 people looking at photos of your kids in inner tubes?”
Now, the only lessons I skived at school were art and craft lessons, and bearing in mind the unrecognizable nature of my stick men, you can imagine my aversion to anything that takes illustration, yet even I think I could have a go at making a book trailer after the practical examples Katie gives. Though, clearly, I wouldn’t expect to win, as Katie did this year, the SLJ Trailee Award.
The is a book I would strongly recommend to all kidlit writers. It is readily available on Amazon and please do check out Katie’s website and weekly podcasts. Oh, and you can ‘like’ her Facebook Fan page! 🙂
NB After I had planned this post I discovered that Katie is in the middle of a blog tour and so I suggest you check out her blog itinerary here and start leaving comments, as you could win yourself a free copy!.