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Marketing Myself

Thursday, April 16, 2009

I just got back from lunch with a friend and wanted to drop in quickly before I run back out to Barnes & Noble to drop off some marketing materials. So I thought I’d share a little about what I’ll be doing/taking with me.

First, of course, are the bookmarks for Stand-In Groom, which were provided to me by Barbour:

Then there’s my “about me” flyer, also provided by Barbour:
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With reading group questions and a blurb about Stand-In Groom on the other side.

I’ve also made up a flyer that has my complete list of contracted books:

And because I’m president of Middle Tennessee Christian Writers, I’ve made up a promotional piece for MTCW also:

And last, but not least, my business card, which, since it has my address and phone number on it, I won’t post here. 🙂

What kind of marketing are you doing, whether you’re published or not? What kinds of marketing materials do you have?

4 Comments
  1. Thursday, April 16, 2009 2:55 pm

    I’m just getting started in this crazy world of writing and publishing. Thank God for an understanding hubby!

    I currently have two blogs (one personal, one professional), and I’ll link the pro one off the personal one (but I don’t think I want everyone knowing the other stuff).

    This summer I’m setting up a website. I don’t really have much to put on it, but I’m going to start it anyway. I’m going to lure people in with free stuff for the first few months 🙂 Then I hope to get published and have them read to see what’s going on with my books!

    In my free time I substitute teach and have been letting teachers and schools know that I’m a writer. I’m hoping by the end of summer to have some better experience because my plan is to contact the schools and their English departments and let them know that I’m available to speak to their classes about writing/publishing.

    Whew.

    I have plans for further out, too, but I want to accomplish this first.

    Thanks for the fabulous photos – I’m visual, so I like to see what others are doing.

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  2. Thursday, April 16, 2009 5:10 pm

    Wow, these look very nice, Kaye! I learn so much from your site about navigating the world of publishing from a new author’s perspective. Even though we don’t write in the same genre, I’m sure I’ll find a way to use your tips in that great “someday” when I’m able to get my books published:)

    I’m in the process of starting up a blog with two SHU buddies, where we’ll talk about historical fiction for kids and teens. We don’t have a name, web space, or much of anything just yet except a lot of ideas, but if tomorrow night’s conference call is productive, we’ll get going here shortly.

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  3. Thursday, April 16, 2009 5:17 pm

    Emilie–
    I highly recommend WordPress for blogging. Not only do they have a lot of great built-ins, like Blog Stats, you can request and pay for your domain name through the WP site. That’s one of the reasons I’ve been in no big hurry to pay to have a website built—the main reason would be to have a web address that doesn’t include wordpress.com or blogger.com. Plus, I control the content and the look (as much as I can within the restrictions of the free template I use) and don’t have to wait on someone else to update it for me.

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  4. Friday, April 17, 2009 4:01 am

    Kaye, I just love the covers and marketing materials Barbour is doing for you! They’re some of the nicest I’ve seen. And the promo piece for MTCW is excellent too! Thanks so much for doing that. Awesome!

    And thank you for the lovely review of One Holy Night on CBD! I appreciate your kindness so much! You are a blessing to me!

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