Dear Pulpwood Queens and Timber Guys Book Club Members!
Today is the launch day for Pulpwood Queen Author, Marybeth Mayhew Whalen! Here is a very special message from Marybeth below that I hope all of you will follow to the T! Our authors mean so much to us, let’s not only buy and read their book but truly help them get that book into the hands of readers everywhere!
If your library doesn’t already have a copy, submit a request (many library systems have an online form for this, or ask a librarian how to do it) for them to purchase it. Bonus: if your library has book club kits, suggest they make one for one (or more!) of your favorite author’s books.2. Check their book(s) out from the library.
Even if you’ve already read it. Please do this instead of buying a used copy or borrowing from a friend. The more demand there is for an author, the more copies they’ll buy. Plus, you’re supporting your local library – they often rely on figures about circulation to help them get funding.3. When you’re in a bookstore or library, face it out.
Turn the book so the cover is showing. Minor shelf rearrangement is generally fine, but please don’t relocate books entirely (e.g. move them to end caps or tables). Not only have publishers usually paid for particular books to be in those spaces, it means that someone looking for the book won’t be able to find it. Plus, it makes extra work for librarians and booksellers, and we like those people to be happy!
4. Write a review and/or post a rating.
Amazon and Goodreads are two places that get a lot of traffic, but your library may have a rating system, and other bookstores, like Barnes & Noble, also have reviews.
5. Post about it on social media.
Preferably with a picture and a glowing recommendation. Bonus: you’re giving everyone else a break from the flood of terror too.
6. While you’re there, like/follow authors on social media.
It doesn’t matter which platform – if your favorite author is somewhere, connect with them.
7. And then interact with them!
This one is important. Facebook and Instagram, for instance, both use algorithms that pay attention to the number of comments, likes, and clicks posts get, and share those posts with more people. Also, if you like a page on Facebook but never interact with it, you won’t see those posts in your feed. I know, it’s aggravating, but there’s an easy fix – just click ‘like’ every time you see one!
8. If they have a newsletter (like this one!) subscribe.
And make sure you open the emails!
9. Recommend it to your book club.
Introduce everyone to a new author.
10. Talk about it!
Never underestimate the power of word-of-mouth. I’ve never bought a book when the author demanded I do so, but I’ve bought tons when someone personally recommended it to me. Bonus points for recommending it to a librarian, bookseller, or book reviewer, who can multiply that recommendation ten times over!
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