What do I have to do to sell my book? Give away a really nice signed guitar? Sheesh!
Well, I went out to San Francisco and did two fantastic shows at a nice theater. Many of my old friends were there and we had a great, fun time both nights. Came home with a new wrinkle on my old heart condition and no money left, but I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. My friends bought a nice amount of books as well.
But out here in the big world, I’ve encountered turbulence and counter winds. Barnes & Noble wouldn’t put my book on their shelves. This was major disappointment. There goes the brick-and –mortar browsing factor. Somehow my publishing company didn’t get the book cover posted on the Amazon listing until last week. Oops. I had lot of fun driving around the country going on “Good Morning (you fill in the name) Big City” and hanging out with fun TV and radio folks. I have the gift of gab, it seems; part of my Irish genetics. But, since my book wasn’t really available in STORES, people somehow had a hard time finding it.
Now, I have learned that it’s a big world and there is a lot of competition for our limited attention. It takes a lot of moola and some good old fashioned luck to get a break. Oh, there’s one other factor- sweat equity. That’s the part I am working on. Right now, I am making a big effort to sell autographed copies of my book in order to pay for the several hundred books I bought from publisher to sell at events. Funny thing about the events: they are great, but somehow my publisher didn’t get around to booking many of the ones we had talked about and scheduled.
So, I am selling these books directly – very American! No Middle Man! Direct to you! BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! Right now, for a limited time only! The buyers of the next two hundred autographed books, signed especially JUST FOR YOU by ME!, will have a chance to win a fantastic Yamaha Acoustic guitar, signed by me! This was once my favorite guitar until some yahoo broke the back of the neck near the head. A luthier told me it can’t be adequately repaired, but it still plays. Perhaps it can be fixed by the right guy. But BOY HOWDY, it would sure look cool hanging on your wall! It’s a beauty (see photo below)
Perhaps some of the whispered future publicity events I can’t tell you about will actually happen: the big TV shows, and all that. I sure hope so, because I feel I’ve written a cool book, and many who have read it have told me so with great enthusiasm—even some who might harbor secret feelings of a green color regarding their own writings. I want to keep this going and I need your help!
So please buy a book from me –on Facebook Alex Call or at email@example.com. Buy Two or five for your friends for Christmas…makes a great gift– the cover is awesome and the contents are entertaining. PLUS!!!—you get a shot at that very cool guitar!! The drawing will he held before Christmas—I’m picking the name out of my San Francisco 49ers cap and will show the video of the drawing on YouTube and Facebook.
Thanks, and pass it along…