Guest post: ‘Promote Your Book in Your Own Backyard’ by Judith Marshall

I’m delighted to bring you this guest blog post, today on the topic of book promotions, by women’s fiction novelist and interviewee Judith Marshall.

‘Promote Your Book in Your Own Backyard’

Many authors try to gain national or even international attention for their books through various means, including social networking.  But instead of throwing the net far and wide, why not start at home?  Here in the U.S., libraries are struggling to keep open.  Knowing this and wanting to help, I decided to contact my local branch and ask if they’d be interested in sponsoring a presentation entitled, “So You Want to Write a Book.”  This idea came from my observation that whenever I spoke about writing a novel to a group, or did a book signing, invariably someone would comment, “I’ve always wanted to write a book.”  The librarian happily accepted.

A week ago, three other authors and myself, armed with a small supply of our books, presented the program to a group of over sixty interested attendees.  Each author discussed their writing process and publishing experience, and then we opened it up to questions. The participation was amazing. We had to cut the presentation off after an hour and a half.  We each sold some books and the library was thrilled, so it was a win-win situation.  We’re thinking of taking the panel on the road.

My point is there are many ways to promote yourself and your books. Don’t neglect opportunities in your own backyard.

Thank you Judith! We have the same situation here in the UK with our libraries and I went to a song-writing workshop by local poet / songwriter Chris Ringrose (who I interviewed back in May for my podcast) and found myself volunteering to run a writing workshop. 🙂

Born in the Napa Valley, the only daughter of warring parents thrown together out of need rather than love, Judith learned early to escape to the movies to shelter herself from the chaos at home. Slumped down in the dark, she dreamed of one day becoming a writer, someone who could express her feelings on paper. Her debut novel Husbands May Come and Go but Friends are Forever is available from Amazon and Smashwords.

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