March 11th, 2009

Learn to be a self-promoter from the best

If you are a writer, the hard truth is that you have to self-promote. How do you do it successfully, without turning off everyone you meet? A debut author recently followed expert self-promoter (not a bad thing at all, trust me) JA Konrath as he did drive-by signings at LA bookstores.

She learned:
- What he said when he first talked to an employee
- How he helped store personnel sell his books
- His clever trick to get them to order more books
- His unusual thoughts about remainders
- How he networks his way to friendship with booksellers – by promoting other authors

Read more of his fascinating approach here.



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After 11 manuscripts were rejected, a big-time success

It can’t get any sweeter than this – your picture in the New York Times, your book described as a “hit with staying power.” Oh, and hitting the NY Times list. Again. [Full disclosure: I had my name in the NYT's book section once! It was a huge thrill, even if it was only an ad citing a review I had done for the Oregonian, as well as several other reviews.)

It’s all happening to Jay Asher and his book 13 Reasons Why. Read more here.



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