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Promote Your Book: Over 250 Proven, Low-Cost Tips and Techniques for the Enterprising Author Paperback – August 10, 2011
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"Patricia's book provides a fantastic overview of book promotion and should be on every author's "must-read" list. It is the perfect springboard for creating 250 book marketing strategies and then some." ----Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print of Self-Publishing (4th ed.), CEO of Hillcrest Media Group
"The most expensive parts of book publishing are the mistakes. Patricia Fry's wealth of experience will save you time and money. Highly recommended." ----Dan Poynter, The Self-Publishing Manual
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Nearly forty years after she began writing for publication, with forty nonfiction books to her credit and after working with many dozens of clients on their fiction and nonfiction books, she felt she was at a crossroads. Patricia reminisces about that period in her life. "All my friends were retiring. I wondered if I should, too. But how does one retire from something they love? Writing is not just a job, it's my passion."
The year was 2012. Patricia knew it was time for another career shift and she asked herself, "What writing dreams have not been fulfilled?" The answer came in one word: FICTION. That year, she gave herself a birthday gift--the time and space to write a novel.
She says, "The idea came rather quickly. And within a relatively short time, I was the author of a published novel, "Catnapped", the first in the Klepto Cat Mystery series." Every two or three months since, Patricia has produced a new book in the series. While you're urged to read these books in order, many readers agree that each book can be read as a standalone.
"I write these cozy mysteries with love and hope that you enjoy my stories." (Patricia Fry)
The Klepto Cat Mysteries
The Klepto Cat Mysteries are light, fun cozy mysteries full of adventure, intrigue, and a little romance. They feature Rags, an ordinary cat who just can't keep his paws off other people's things. Often, the treasures he finds are clues in a mystery. Follow Rags's fascinating life path from when he and Savannah were single and he roamed the neighborhood stealing everything from toys belonging to large dogs to jewelry and bathing suits.
Rags and Savannah don't stay single long. After meeting Michael, a handsome veterinarian, Savannah settles down, but the cat doesn't change his thieving ways. Even though his kleptomaniac habit is annoying and embarrassing to his family, he has earned the respect of the local sheriff's department and he was even asked to star in a documentary.
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The book dishes up pre-publication promotion, recipes for local marketing, news releases, mailing and social media recommendations, written in the voice of a friend explaining how she did it. My favorite chapter is Promote Your Book Without Changing Your Lifestyle, which includes advice on promotional materials, "piggyback" marketing and how to get your book listed in catalogs.
Ms. Fry doesn't go into excessive detail on how to apply each promotional tool. What she does do is provide you with the benefits and drawbacks of the option as well as suggestions based upon her own and other authors' experience, followed by a list of powerful resources it might take you weeks to dig up on your own. She also provides links to helpful online articles that go into greater detail and list even more resources.
If you don't emerge from reading Promote Your Book with at least a couple dozen new ideas on how to market your book, you haven't been paying close enough attention.
The advice offered here is more of an overview ("Sell your books on e-bay") without always listing the exact steps of how to go about doing what's recommended. I think this is intentional on the part of the author though, as she keeps the reader turning pages with a plethora of advice. Again, the seasoned author may already be doing most of what's here but that's the point of reading these books... you'll always find new little nuggets of ideas that you have yet to try.
Pointed personal stories are combined with practical tips and website references for even more action steps for the savvy author. If you want to sell books, you need to study every page of this book then apply it to your book promotion.
While this book is packed with insight, I loved the idea: Design A Hotfile. She writes, "Life has a way of racing past us while we're busy trying to keep up. And if you are promoting a book along with everything else that you do, it can become overwhelming. Think about it, how may good promotional ideas have escaped your grasp and been tossed aside simply because you are too busy or too preoccupied? That's why I suggest you grab each promotional idea you stumble across, without judging it, and file it in your hotfile. When things calm down, your speaking circuit has slowed down, you've sent out your quota of press releases for the month, you've made several cold calls, open up the hotfile and see what's in there." (page 166-167) This concept alone is brilliant and an example of what you will find in PROMOTE YOUR BOOK.
If you have a book to promote, get this title today and begin taking action on the ideas. It is never too late.
After read the book, and having begun implementing some of the ideas, I have seen an increase in print sales for Biblical Hebrew: Vocabulary Made Easy! that were stagnant. The book is easily accessible to the novice and contains solid, practical ideas from an established author and authority in her field.
My only complaint is the moderate amount of self-promotion contained in the book. While many resources are listed, some advice is not fully "fleshed out" and sometimes refers the reader to other resources, which must be purchased, to carry out the idea. I fully appreciate the promotional reasoning behind this practice (and I will likely buy some of these resources), but it feels less than 100% complete. That being said, the free resources listed, and knowing where to look next, are worth the price of the book alone.
My thanks to Patricia Fry for helping guide a novice self-publishing author.
I would heartily recommend this book to any author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
To me, nothing I don't know is revealed in the book. It's advice on promoting one's book at local markets, coffee shops or county fair like events might be useful for promoting... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Milo
In all honesty I have to admit that I didn’t finish this book because I write fiction, and as a fiction writer, I found this book to be not so useful. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Liam Person
Great ideas for everyone. Self published and traditionally published writers can use these tricks. I highly recommend it!Published 1 month ago by Michelle Seelye Drucker
This book was fine. It did not teach me anything new but helped me remember things I've forgotten. I recommend it for new authors.Published 4 months ago by John J. Bailey
Such a great book by Mrs Fry, i will recommend this book to any author.Published 13 months ago by Stanley Justin
I found this book to be of valuable help to the self-publishing aspirant. Filled with great tips and guidance, it clears a way in a very complex labyrinth of the publishing... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Stephen John O'Connor––Author
Re-read this after 20 years, still a good read and good story.Published 14 months ago by MaryAnn Burchell
I just got my book published in August and I am marketing it myself. This had allot of information that I needed to market my book. It has been big help to me. Read morePublished 15 months ago by jason