One of the more difficult things for me to do as an author is self promotion. It takes quite a while for me to gather the courage up to approach a bookstore for a signing or a school for a visit. I have a much easier time promoting the books of fellow authors than I do for my own, and I know that I am not alone.
When I heard about Random Acts of Publicity I knew that I had to jump on board. Random Acts of Publicity is the brain child of author Darcy Pattison, and I have to say she is a genius. The concept is simple; use the four days after Labor day to promote a friends book.
Here is an excerpt from her site:
Random Acts of Publicity 2010
Are you like me? I always promise myself that today I’ll write a review of my friends’ books and actually post them on Amazon or Library Thing or GoodReads or somewhere. But do I? No. That’s about to change!
I know how wonderful it is to see new reviews on Amazon of one of my books. I know that it’s better to give than to receive. During the Random Acts of Publicity Week, I vow to put these two things together and give friends some support for their books.
So, I’m declaring next week, September 7-10, 2011, as the RANDOM ACTS OF PUBLICITY WEEK, a week when you do something to promote a friend’s book, or to promote a recent book you’ve read. Four days of promoting others’ books should be great fun.
Why this week? We all know that the holiday shopping season is when people buy things, including books! We want our Amazon pages and other publicity in place before that season starts. So, September is a great month to help others by reviewing their books and doing other Random Acts of Publicity.
They are suggesting the following calendar:
- Tuesday: Word of Mouth
- Wednesday: Reviews
- Thursday: Links
- Friday: Social Media
Darcy’s site is filled with great tips for helping to promote your fellow authors. It sounds like a fun event and I am looking forward to it, and who knows maybe I’ll get up enough courage to promote my own book a little as well.
Writing on the Sidewalk