My New Book Networks

May 2009
by Martin Shepard

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My New Book Networks

by Martin Shepard

For the first time in 13 years, I was reluctant to go on vacation this spring because the work at Permanent Press has been so exciting. I fear I am becoming a bookaholic.

This excitement is fed by many streams.

Creating a Collective

Early this year, I emailed 109 writers we’ve published, asking if they would be interested in helping form a “collective” of sorts by joining together to spread the word about our quality fiction.

I offered them copies of any book we’re going to publish or have published in the past, at cost ($8 per copy, including mailing), or $88 for all 13 novels coming out this year, with some bonus books thrown in. (This same offer, incidentally, is open to any of you reading this.)

My hope was that they would talk up the books they liked, post reviews of them on blogs and/or at Amazon.com, suggest them to book clubs at a 50 percent discount, and think of other avenues for spreading the word.

The results have been heartwarming: more than three dozen authors wanted to be on an email list so they would get prepublication reviews and be able to order any titles that interest them; and 14 subsc…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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