Wednesday, March 10, 2010

GUEST POST--Blog Tour: Confessions of a Debut Author (Day Two)

Blog Tour: Confessions of a Debut Author (Day Two)

Follow the link to yesterday’s post: http://kimberlyblackadar.wordpress.com/2010/03/09/blog-tour-confessions-of-a-debut-author-day-one/

-Finding a Publicist-

Let me just admit something that most authors do: we google about our books—and we do so with some frequency. In the beginning, it was a daily ritual, and every time my book appeared on a new site or someone wrote a review about it, I wanted to know. It was very exciting…at first.

But watching your book rise from the depths of obscurity is like a full-time job, and really, I was supposed to be working on the second installment of a seven-part series. But with all the self-promotion and internet searches, I was finding little time to actually be a writer again.

A week or two after NBTAM’s release, I realized that I needed a publicist. But it’s not like you can find one in the yellow pages. (Well, I didn’t exactly try.) So I searched the internet and sought recommendations from friends, but my husband had the best answer: he suggested I talk to a good friend of mine, Ann Williams.

Ann has all the qualities of a good publicist. She could sell as long as she believes in the product. (And I am glad she believes in my book—almost more than I do sometimes!) She returns my emails and phone calls in a timely manner. And last of all, she has an internet presence and experience working with the media and schools.

Together, we have set out on a new venture, and I am grateful to have such a good friend at my side. Months ago, I never imagined I’d be signing books at Barnes & Noble or be on the morning news. But like I’ve said before, “A good publicist takes the impossible and makes it possible.” Thanks, Ann!

This guest blog post is written by Kimberly Blackadar, author of Nothing but Trouble after Midnight. Follow the link to tomorrow’s blog post: http://beverlystowemcclure.blogspot.com/

Stop back on Friday to enter a giveaway for this book.

2 comments:

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Good information, Kimberly. I've wondered about hiring a publicist, if it pays off. It seems to have for you. Thanks. Best of luck on your tour.

Bev

Kim said...

The key, of course, is finding the right publicist. Thanks for following the tour, Beverly.

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