Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Need Some PR For Your Book?

Even though I'm light years away from having a book deal or even an agent, I like to think ahead. There's a general consensus in the publishing world that authors need to take on the lion's share of the marketing for their books, so I'm checking out my options early. In addition to following the blogs of literary agents and published authors, I'm researching marketing and PR-based blogs as well. When I do get that prized book deal, I want to hit the ground running before the ink on my contract dries.

The Book Publicity Blog is one of my favorites. It's mainly geared toward book publicists and other publishing professionals, but there are a lot of nice tidbits for aspiring authors as well. Today's post is a prime example of that. Yen put together a fantastic list of freelance book publicists, including each one's website, experience and specialty by genre. Be sure to also read her earlier post about how to hire a freelance book publicist as well.

If you've ever thought about hiring a publicist for your book, you'll want to refer to these posts. If you're even remotely close to securing a book deal or know someone who is, they're must-reads. Take a look-see and let me know what you think. Would you consider hiring a book publicist in the future? Why or why not?


  1. Will read tomorrow when my eyeballs un-googlyfy. :)

  2. My pseudonym does zero marketing. I keep thinking she should. I don't know. I have mixed feelings about it!

  3. I'm going to bookmark these and read them when I have a quiet moment! thank you for posting them!

  4. Angie,
    Yes, please give those eyeballs a rest! LOL! Book publicity can wait :-)

  5. Spy,
    Interesting. I'm curious about what those "mixed feelings" are. Would you might sharing your thoughts/concerns about marketing? I'd love to hear them!

  6. Kathryn,
    You're very welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed it! Let me know what you think once you've read them.

  7. LOL, that was a rather strange comment! Well, for me, the mixed feelings involve the time/benefit ratio, and I still can't quite work out the shouldn't-I-be-aiming-for-NY thing. I don't know. I often wonder if I'm aiming for NY for social acceptance. But then I'm getting tired of writing the kink I'm writing, so I guess it's the right move.

    In that light, marketing pseudonym feels like energy in the wrong direction, you know?

    (The simple answer is that I'm a Libra who is frequently crippled by indecision.)

    OH! I almost forgot! The whole reason I came over here is that I'd love to hear your thoughts on the editing tips, but I don't have your email addy. I'm spyscribbler, at :-)

  8. Spy,
    Ooh, I'm a Libra, too! And I'm so there with you on the indecision thing. No wonder I relate so strongly to your blog :-)

    Silly me, offering to email you with no mention of my email addy. Here it is: lcgwriter, at I'll be in touch over the weekend. Take care!