Indie Authors Day
Today I have great news: I was informed earlier in the week that I have been selected to participate in the Buffalo Central Library's Indie Authors Day event. This year's gala will take place on Saturday, October 14th from 11 am-3 pm at the downtown library. I attended last year's event as a spectator because I found out about it too late to submit my book The Lost Son: A Rock'n'Roll Road to Redemption (and True American Parable). This time I made sure to get my application in as soon as possible and was rewarded with a spot (last year 40 local authors were turned away due to lack of space). During the event, each author will get a table dedicated to his/her book(s). Copies will be available for purchase, and the authors are required to be present for the entire four hours to discuss their work or anything else readers may want to know about the author. I am very excited and looking forward to the event as I think it is a great opportunity to promote my book and interact with the public. I will include more details closer to the event as the library will send out an instructive email to authors in early October.
I also am happy to announce that I have signed up with Strat Advertising of New York City to make a book trailer video for my work- a 60-90 second video containing text, graphics and music (I have seen four sample videos the company sent me that they produced for other authors' books) that will be placed on YouTube. We have already started the process as I sent a draft text and photos I'd like included in the video. The final product should be ready in a couple months, and I will be able to post it on my website as well as send it out on Facebook and Twitter. I hope the video turns out to my satisfaction and is an effective marketing tool. The company provides other products as well, but I thought I'd use this video as a test run before committing to more services with Strat Advertising. One event I am strongly considering is attending a book signing at an American Library Association convention in Philadelphia early next year. But I need to see more book sales and revenue before committing to that event and its travel expenses.