“Preparing for a Children’s Book Event” / Scott Keen

(Scott Keen is the author of YA fantasy novels Scar of the Downers (WiDo Publishing, 2015) and Rise of the Branded (WiDo Publishing, 2017). He blogs at ScottKeenBooks.com. This post originally appeared on his website and appears here with his permission.)

Recently, I attended the “Ready Set Fun! Bookfest” hosted by the local PBS station. There were lots of children and adults, and many booths. I brought my own children, who loved the afternoon.

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​​The turnout was great and I was able to meet a number of nice people. I even sold a few books!
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​Each booth was to have games or activities that would engage children. Since my books are fantasy novels, the task of creating activities based on my books seemed daunting. What was I going to do? How would I use it as a tie-in for my novel?

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“Marketing for the Socially Awkward Introvert” / Liesel Jones

Liesel Jones, author of Roxanne in La La Land by L.A. DeVaul (Wido Publishing, 2011), shares her favorite method of marketing. Being a socially awkward introvert, Liesel speaks from painful experience. She sometimes blogs at Sapphire Cat.

Let’s face it, some of us writers are more secluded, nervous about making eye contact, than others. And that’s fine. We all have our unique powers. But the question that used to get me down is: if I’m not outgoing and smiling and talking to people about my book, how will I sell anything?

So your book is coming out, or it’s out already, and you have heard the success stories about being a great marketer by doing simple things like posting on Facebook, Twitter, or whatever else. You will probably create a website or blog and convince yourself you can be outgoing for a while. And you are; blogging with personality and unleashing your charm on Twitter. But it feels forced. You can’t keep it up forever and those bestseller numbers – or any numbers – just aren’t coming.

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“Utilizing the Book Blog Reviewer”/ Karen Jones Gowen

Reviews are key to getting sales for your book, and a valuable resource is book blogs. On my blog’s sidebar is an extensive list, from the super busy who may not have time for you, to the ones just starting out who will be happy to get your request.

My Top Ten Tips on Getting Book Blog Reviews:

1. Start early researching reviewers. Don’t wait until your launch. Look for reviewers in your genre. They will have an About Us page as well as Guidelines for Requesting Reviews page. Read it carefully to see if they’ll be a good fit for you and your book.

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“How a Bestselling Author Promotes”/ Interviewing Jeremy Bates

BatesWe’re chatting with Jeremy Bates today, author of The Taste of Fear (WiDo Publishing, 2012),which is quickly becoming one of WiDo’s most popular titles.  Jeremy, whose debut novel, White Lies (Oceanview Publishing, 2012), hit  #1 on Amazon’s paid bestseller list, has an ever-growing audience. We decided to ask him what his secret is.

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