As I step out into the cool crisp dawn, tree silhouettes against the orange sky, I feel awake and alive. The crows caw and cats look up, wondering why I’ve come outside. Maybe after being cooped up all day yesterday I need the validation of nature. I look out at “the view”, our path of Leesburg “down the mountain”. It’s misty and all I can see is a shadow of more tree tops.
I think about the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) conference, and somewhere the content. I got so much value from the workshops; lots of ideas for after publication. I realize I need to start marketing now. The sponsors of the conference were adamant about not sharing the actual copyrighted contents so I can’t in good faith repeat the information here, but I can tell you the names of the workshops that I thought were the best and you can guess why. They were “How to sell your book without selling your soul” and “Postpartum after Publication”, just what I needed to hear since my book may be published by Christmas time or shortly after. I learned that my life won’t be the same with a book to market.
The day before the conference I had asked Claudia Wolf my illustrator at ( http://www.claudiawolf.com ), to start on the cover and I am glad I did. As soon as I have a cover I can put up a web page, a face book page and change my Gravatar to be the cover of my book. That’s three ways to make it known, to give me exposure. There is so much to do.
One of the things I learned was to make a marketing plan and then just do a couple of items from my list every week. Work on it every day, make goals and not worry about the how. I’m already worried about the how. How can I not worry about the how? I’m panicking about how. Lol.( How much there is to do and how I don’t know how to do it.) I don’t know how to set up another fb page. I’ve heard fb is on it’s away out and that all that work won’t really translate into sales. But somehow no one has alternatives so I have to do it.
I hear it’s all about relationships but I feel like I’m already pushing my book into people’s faces and saying “here buy this”. And I haven’t even started marketing. I just know I have to start. I already don’t have time to write. My new job will be marketing not writing. I miss my life already.
Do any of you have marketing ideas for a children’s book? Have any of you worked in sales or promoted a book?
- 2011 Fall Retreat (tammycarterbronson.wordpress.com)
- Showing Pages to a Literary Agent at the SCBWI Summer Conference (melleamade.wordpress.com)
- Scbwi (writerhughes.wordpress.com)