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I’ve uploaded my latest book, The Red Pagoda and Other Stories, to Kindle, set it for pre-orders and now for the part that I find is as hard as writing the book: the marketing. Of course, social media is always a good choice, but I thought I’d share some other options that I’ve used, big and small. What I keep in mind is that all magazines and their web sites need content. It’s just a matter of finding them and seeing what works for you.
When my first book, The Fragrant Garden, was published, I got a phone call that I will never forget. My fifth grade teacher, Miss Rubin, had called to congratulate me and to tell me she was proud of me. She had read the article about me that had appeared in The Montreal Gazette that week.
When I was a teenager and working part-time, there was a Classics bookstore at a nearby shopping mall, and that was where I headed on payday. My meager paycheque wouldn’t have gone far in a travel agency, but in a bookstore, it took me anywhere I wanted to go. I checked out the bestsellers before heading to the mystery section. On the top of my list were books by Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot was my favorite) and the Peanuts series by Charles Schultz. I still have those books, now slightly yellowed, packed in a box. Back then, I thought working in a bookstore would be a dream come true.Continue reading →
We are well into 2015 and some of you may be following up on one or two resolutions that you’ve made.
Want to lose weight? Can’t help you there. For the last ten years, I’ve been trying to lose ten pounds, and ended up gaining ten pounds instead.
Want to quit smoking? Can’t help with that either. I never smoked.
Want to write a book? Ah-ha, finally, something I can help you with.
One of the things I’ve heard people say is that they’re afraid someone will steal their idea or story. This fear keeps them from talking about it to anyone or even from sending it out to an agent or publisher because they’re afraid their work will be published under someone else’s name. Sadly, what eventually happens to some of them is that they never finish writing the book and the idea never sees the light of day. But, this fear can be overcome by being informed. Continue reading →