Everyone has tips about how to sell books as a self-published author, but one piece of advice I’ve always found valuable is to make connections, and to make the most of them (that’s good advice for any industry, actually). Reach out. E-mail. Like. Share. Retweet. Whether you’re interacting with editors, readers, other writers, or anyone else with whom you share an interest, there’s no substitute for the personal touch. Those relationships will not only provide you with a base of support when you hit a creative wall, they may come in handy in your professional life too.
If you write books about Hollywood and happen know someone who has a blog devoted to books and movies, why not make the most of that connection to promote your book? So when my friend Chris, who co-runs the blog Novel2Screen, reached out to me to see if I’d do an interview for the site, I was thrilled. She could help introduce my book to her followers and I could drive book readers to her site. Win win.
She asked great questions and the whole experience made me feel like a real author. I talked about the book, the characters, inspiration, and the difficulty of writing a book set in Hollywood in the midst of an industry-wide sex scandal (I have plenty more to say about that, but I’ll save it for another day). I’m really happy with how it turned out.
You can read the full interview here.
Incidentally, Novel2Screen focuses on TV and movie adaptations of books, and features great weekly reviews of shows like Outlander. So come for the author rambling, stay for the snarking about sexy Scots.