Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
The day has finally arrived! Book Launch Tuesday! BLT. I’m hungry already.
Yesterday Road is available now for $2.99 at Amazon.com and at Smashwords, if you prefer EPUB or any other format. It should hit Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Sony, Kobo, and all the usual outlets in a few days.
In the meantime, I stand here now — hat in hand — to ask for your help. For this self-published literary novel to have a chance at finding an audience, nothing will be more necessary or effective than word-of-mouth. Here are a number of things you can do that won’t cost you any more than the $2.99 it takes to grab your own copy of the book:
–Buy Yesterday Road (duh!). Amazon would be great, if you’re the Kindle type, since doing well there can make the book more visible than anywhere else.
–I’m doing a Goodreads event now, trying to get as many sales in the first week as possible. Join in!
–Post a review on Amazon (after reading the book, of course). Once I get five reviews, I’ve heard, the algorithm starts putting review excerpts by the book info, which attracts readers. Your review doesn’t have to be exhaustive either. Short and sweet will do the trick just fine.
–Post reviews anywhere and everywhere else you can think of. Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Goodreads, your blog, Facebook, and all the rest.
–Tweet about Yesterday Road even if you haven’t read it yet. Be sure to include the link (here’s a short version of it: http://amzn.to/1i92Itf ).
–Reblog this post, and/or any of the lead-up character posts here, here, and here. For that matter, reblog anything from What The Hell you think your readers might like. This page with the description and a link to Chapter 1 might work well.
–Tell everyone you know who reads books that there’s this wonderful new novel out called Yesterday Road. Email people the cover and link.
–Go to 1WriteWay to read Marie Bailey’s interview with me. Then reblog the interview.
–Go to Disappearing In Plain Sight, Francis Guenette’s blog, to read my piece on Oyster books (coming soon). Reblog that too.
–Go to Cinthia Ritchie’s blog and read another interview with me (also coming soon). You know the drill by now. Reblog it!
–If you think your own readers would be interested in a guest post by me, let’s talk. Or an interview, or some other kind of feature. I will reciprocate too, if you need me, at a time that suits you best.
So there it is. Help me give potential readers plenty of glimpses of this book so we can generate some early enthusiasm. Doing all of the above would be fantastic, but I’m open to anything else you can think of. Contact me or leave a comment and we can brainstorm.
I’d like to megaphone special thanks to Marie, Francis, and Cinthia for offering their venues, and to bloggers and Twitterers Theresa Largusa, J. S. Collyer, and Amy Good for taking special interest. Extra-special thanks to Jonathan Stark for beta-reading the book for me (and supporting my humble efforts for many years), to Max Scratchmann for designing a terrific cover, and, of course, to my wife (the girl with the bullet hole in her car door) for believing in me from the get-go.
Now let’s have launch!