Well, hello. *Settles into red velvet guest chair* Ahh. This is comfy.
In the past few days since VINTAGE made its debut in the book world, a lot of people have asked me how they can help make the novel a success. I imagine that the other Debs get this question a lot, too. So I’ve decided to compile my suggestions into a short, simple list.
The Care & Feeding of a Debut Author
1. Buy the book. Or better yet, buy two copies. This is the obvious answer. Can’t afford to buy the books of every single one of your author friends? Don’t sweat it. See below for some other ways to help.
2. Get yourself on the “hold” list for the book at your local library. If the library sees that there’s a lot of demand for a book, they may order more copies. If your library doesn’t have the book, put in a request for it.
3. Write a review. On Amazon, preferably, even if you didn’t buy the book there. Reviews on Goodreads and Barnes & Noble help, too. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never reviewed anything, ever. Writing a review, whether good or bad, helps the author’s visibility in leaps and bounds.
4. Talk about the book. If you enjoyed it or know someone who would, recommend it to a friend, either in person or on social media. Haven’t read it yet? Add the book to your “to read” shelf on Goodreads.
5. Ask a bookstore employee where you can find the book. It doesn’t matter if you know exactly where it is located, or if you came in for something else and have no intention of buying it. Asking about a book builds buzz.
6. Read in public. If you have your hands on a paper copy of the book, read it where people can see you.
7. Wine. This will help whether the book is a success or not.
GIVEAWAY! Comment on this post by noon EDT on Friday, April 4, and you’ll be entered to win a signed hardcover copy of VINTAGE. Follow The Debutante Ball on Facebook and Twitter for extra entries—just mention that you did so in your comments. We’ll choose and contact the winner on Friday. Good luck!
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