Hello everyone! It’s time to reveal the answers for all 12 questions answered by 12 author participants in the January Group Author Interview, in the 12 genres, 12 authors, 12 months and 12 questions series!
I have to apologize for the delay in posting up the answers for Children’s Book interview series as we previously had two authors pulling out from the interview due to unforeseen circumstances. Nevertheless, we thank them for introducing two other authors for this interview series. But, now we now have not 12, but 14 authors participating in this group author interview.
Yes, I’m breaking the rules for this interview series! While looking for the last author to join us, I had to email a few of them at one go, just to make sure at least one of them gets back to me to complete this interview series. And guess what? I had not one, but THREE authors sending in their submissions at the same time! Can I say no to two of them? Would it be fair? No! So, yes, the more the merrier, I thought. Therefore, let’s welcome 14 authors for this interview series.
The first seven questions are from a ten-year old children’s book reviewer and BookTuber, named Neha Praveen. You can follow her on Twitter at @npstation2018
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So, the 6th question is “How do you promote your books?”
1) Author #1 : Ann Harrison-Barnes
I often use social media to engage with readers. From there, I share links to my books when people ask for them. I have also started doing interviews for blogs like this one, being interviewed on a YouTube channel and a couple of podcasts. I plan to start a podcast of my own in the near future to help me promote my books as well as the work of others.
2) Author #2: Samantha Hardin
I have an author twitter account @shardinauthor that I use to talk about my book at times. I also have a Facebook page called The Adventures of Zertle the Crime-Fighting Turtle. I also have business cards that I leave in various places.
3) Author #3: C.J. Rains
I have a website and an author page on Facebook where I promote my work, and I have done a few book signings. I also spread the word to friends and family who tell their friends.
4) Author #4: Padma Venkatraman
I welcome any opportunity that comes my way – like this wonderful interview. Thank you!
5) Author #5: Elizabeth Gerlach
Primarily social media channels and connections/followers. I’ve also done some media outreach. I also promote on Amazon to get parents when they are in shopping mode.
6) Author #6: Cassie Miller
Social media, mainly Instagram and FB
7) Author #7: Charlie Bee
We decided to do something different! We publish our own books as read-alouds via our YouTube Channel, Storyvision Studios UK.
Storyvision Studios UK, was formed by myself and my wonderful mother, who has been writing for decades. I myself have always loved writing, and wrote my first Children’s creation, for my children, five years ago.
We absolutely love what we do! We illustrate our own drawings, and set our stories to music. We’ve also created original educational nursery rhymes.
8) Author #8: Jerry Craft
Social media is huge. Facebook is more about keeping people I know in the loop, but Twitter is where the real promotion is. Instagram is somewhere in between. Plus, New Kid is the first book that I’ve ever done that has a real PR team behind it. The folks from HarperCollins have been amazing.
9) Author #9: Linda Covella
On social media—mostly Facebook and Twitter, but also Instagram and Pinterest, and I have book trailers on YouTube. I also occasionally attend book fairs and book store appearances.
10) Author #10: Tracy K
Through social media
11) Author #11: Beffy Parkin
I have no pennies to make lovely big billboards, although that would be nice! I have to promote the books by going into local schools to talk to children, or write about the books on my social media accounts. It would be amazing if word-of-mouth promoted the books better, as I have had a lot of lovely verbal feedback from parents in person!
12) Author #12: Lory Linn
A lot of social media and word of mouth! A lot of my work day involves marketing.
13) Author #13: Karen Magnen
Book promotion I will get into more when the first book is published. Right now I am reaching out on Facebook to my friends and on different groups and social media platforms I am in. I have spoken to local libraries about reading my stories to children there, and they are welcoming to the idea. My publisher, of course will do a lot of the promoting, also.
14) Author #14: Dr. Graham Clingbine
There are numerous ways and I think my book website is important. I have also used Facebook and Twitter and guested at various book signing events. On occasions I have used flyers, business cards, posters and newspaper advertising plus some professional book marketers. Some of my books have YouTube video book trailers too. Simple word of mouth and referrals is also a simple way of passing on book information.
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