After so many years of reading newspaper book reviews and hearing authors interviewed on radio, I called a bunch of radio and newspapers today and sent out some introductory publicity material. Some sounded positive and some less so, and one producer said, “That’s the best 30 second pitch I’ve heard all week!” (Given that today is Tuesday wasn’t reassuring, but I’ll take it.) Let’s now see what they say.
Chatting with a Caribbean writing buddy, I heard of the Amazon Author Central site, where authors can add details about their books, check sales and rankings.
Hmmms. Rankings. Currently, I rank #137,649 out of over one million books. Not that I’m reading anything into this since the book has only been available on pre-order for three days, but top 10% isn’t too bad.
No, not really. But that’s how it feels as Nine Planets gets ready to meet the public. Now my deepest thoughts about the Nine Planets story, all my secret plot broodings and machinations will be available for anyone to read and like, or read and not like. Will people understand it? Will they put together all the pieces and get what I want to say? Don’t know. Hope so.
Today, the first promotional flyers got into the hands of the public. I had spent some time making my own flyer incorporating the cover art and author photo and bio with a brief blurb of the book, so I then printed out a bunch of copies and started giving them out to people: shop owners, students, colleagues. Since quite a few had no idea I had written a book, there was a fair bit of surprise. “Where on earth did you find time to write it?”
I also started calling local bookshops to organise some book signings, and that looks to be an exciting adventure as well.