This whole exercise is a showcase of how working every day pays off. EVEN if the work is not very much some days and it seems that I am more fuddled than not – I still can see some progress being made.
I just realized my countdown is way off so not sure how that happened. Except I do seem to get confused a lot so if this year of book marketing with John Kremer does pay off it will prove that anyone – even someone as inconsistent and mixed up as myself works at it things will happen.
I called my sister-in-law, Coralee who is a sixth grade teacher to see if she will read and review my book. And of course she said yes, because we have been friends forever but it was still nice to hear her say that. She also gave me some ideas of how I could be a visiting author to elementary classes as I would really like to do that. There are organizations that set up that kind of thing but so far the ones I have checked out only work with traditionally published books.
Basically what she said was that the teachers wonder how to connect with authors so that by simply emailing them or contacting them in some way its probably possible to get some interest. So that was encouraging too. She suggested contacting the school system as perhaps one could get into more classrooms that way.
I found this article by an author, Margriet Ruurs who does school visits to be quite informative. Optimizing Author Visits – Was more for the teacher than the author but lots of ideas.
Worked on the book website – creating a new background for the site as well as putting up a banner at the top of the page promoting my book. All of this is quick to write about but actually took several hours of time to do. Almost everything takes more time than one would think. When I was done with the banner I got the bright idea of making an extra text box on my MailChimp template and putting the banner with a link on it for people to subscribe. Just in case someone would share their newsletter with a friend. One can always hope.
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