Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Getting the Word Out

How do you market something that doesn't exist? Hell, I'm in advertising, so if you count the "benefits" of the various products I've shilled through the years, it should be second nature for me. But when my agent asked me to put together a "marketing plan" so he could submit my novel to a smaller press, I froze up. I wrote a novel, for cryin' out loud, isn't that enough? Apparently not for some smaller publishers, who actually require a marketing plan as part of a submissions package. My agent said sometimes that can be the deciding factor between two books of roughly equal caliber.

So I rolled up my advertising sleeves, sharpened my pencil and immediately emailed the only published author I know personally to ask him what he did. Springboarding off some of his brilliant/shrewd tactics (he just secured his place in the acknowledgments), I augmented and free-formed the rest of it and sent it along to my agent--just a Word doc that ticks off one by one the "ideas" I have to hype my book and get my face out there. Doesn't mean any of it will actually happen, but it shows I'm eager to participate in the process.

Ideas I left off the list:

1. Skywriting
2. Printing "Ring of Fire" on Simon's, Randy's and Paula's drink cups
3. Stalking Oprah

No response yet. But as usual, I'll keep you posted.

4 comments:

acwo said...

Tiptop blog, I like it :)
keep it up!
acwo
http://tytka.blogspot.com

r2 said...

Your complete profile scares me. All that jazz. Yech!

Timothy Carter said...

I wouldn't advise contacting the American Idol people. Do you really want them on your case?

I'm in a similar situation - Robert feels I need to increase awareness of myself if he's to be sucessful selling any of my other books. My blog is step one. What kind of stuff did you come up with? Maybe we can compare notes.

PS - I'm going to add your blog to my list of links. Will you do the same for me?

Bill Cokas said...

You betcha, Tim! I'll send some notions directly...