Wednesday, December 25, 2013

ON BEING MY OWN COMMUNITY (HOLLY SCHINDLER)

Professional authors start out being good at writing; once their book is acquired, they realize they have to become good at publicity.  This means suddenly needing to be a specialist at a myriad of completely new (and sometimes uncomfortable) tasks: Public speaking.  Social networking.  An author suddenly has to become charming, personable.  Tech-savvy.  More adept in the visual arts, as they design web pages and posters.  They need to have a handle on advertising.

Publicity can feel like a daunting task, actually, whether it's your first book or your twentieth that's about to release...But I've also found that no one can truly be your book's best advocate quite like its author.  (It's your baby; you love it like no one else.  You understand its best assets like no one else.  So you can market it like no one else.)  And surprisingly, marketing can also be fun.  Rather than wishing for a marketing community to appear, you've got to just take the plunge, find what you're good at, what works for you...

Here's my latest fun marketing outing: a brand-new trailer for THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY (which releases February 6)!
 

 
Happy holidays!

6 comments:

  1. This book looks really great Holly. I am looking forward to reading it!

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  2. "find what you're good at, what works for you..." excellent advice. And it sounds like a fabulous story!

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  3. Holly, my fourth grade daughter and I just watched the trailer and we LOVE it! We are so excited to read the book and are counting down the days to February 6!!!

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    1. Thanks, Deborah! I'm going to feature reviews on my site for young readers. Be sure to get your daughter to send her review to me!

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  4. Looks great! You obviously have discovered your talents!

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