Before I started the process of writing and publishing my first book, Puddles of Ithaca, I read on the Internet that one should start telling others at least six months in advance about the soon to be published book.
It was very good advice, since it set the stage for interest in the book.
My wife, Dorinda Garcia Davison, had suggested to me to write and publish a storybook-picture book about my childhood pet beagle dog, Puddles.
So, the rest is history and I began posting information about the book coming soon in Facebook pages and I mentioned that I freelance with articlesbase.com and Yahoo! Voices, Yahoo Contributor Network.
Marketing is both time consuming and wonderful. It is a way to gain new friends and associates and to build a foundation of readership.
Always concentrating on excellence in storytelling and correctness in spelling and grammar, I called upon my wife, daughters, and rest of the family, to critique and give ideas.
Online, going into joining Twitter, LinkedIn, and other sites, was also very valuable.
In marketing Puddles of Ithaca, I have found that great interest is Local Interest. Sometimes in giving talks and having book signings, children and adults are amazed to find that I ‘live just down the street,’ so to speak.
I self-published and am very happy I did for my first book. Of course, one always hopes that traditional publishers will, at some point, pick up interest in one’s writings. A first way to start is this way, but maybe it should always be the way; self publishing. There is a lot of debate on this topic and I read the different opinions all the time.
My wife is a retired educator but ‘always an educator,’ and she did proofing and editing and it all was very good. From the start, I also wrote and re-wrote all the time, trying to make it all better and better.
A first sequel is in the works as well as a children’s book in collaboration with another person. Other titles are planned.
One tidbit of information, also, about publishing and marketing, that I have found very valuable and positive is that we must continue publishing and getting our ‘names out there.’ Then, the readers want more!
Best regards and I hope to continue encouraging youi.