In this time of great change in the book publishing business, it is often hard to know what to do. Especially if you are self-published. I just read on a agent blog that authors (and as an agent he is dealing with traditionally published authors) should have a realistic expectation of what to do from a marketing standpoint. So the question that I have is this…
Is a book party a legitimate way to market a book anymore?
I didn’t have one after the release of The Lawyer’s Luck because it was a novella. Not that the short length means much, but in some quarters ( like the Golden Heart) a short novella means that you are still not published.
Kristy Cambron threw a book party, in person, with all of the works after the release of her stellar novel The Butterfly and the Violin.
It looked like a fabulous time and she wore a fabulous dress too! I loved it. And the food was not virtual–I’m sure.
At a panel at RWA about promotions with Jennifer Probst and Catherine Bybee, they cited the Facebook party as one of the best ways to promo a book.
I’m not so sure. I’ve been to some FB book parties and they were sad little affairs. Some were robust–with people commenting and it became hard to keep up–but some were not well attended.
So have you had a book party? In person or on Facebook? What were the factors that helped you to decide?
The Lawyer’s Luck is now available in Kindle e-book, Nook, Kobo and iTunes. Print copies are available on Amazon. The Preacher’s Promise is now available on Amazon. It will soon be available on Nook, Kobo, iTunes and in print.
Book one in Piper Huguley’s new 19th century historical series, The Preacher’s Promise, in the “Home to Milford College” series was a semi-finalist in Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest and will be self-published in July 2014. She is also the author of “Migrations of the Heart,” a five-book series of inspirational historical romances set in the early 20th century featuring African American characters. Book one in the series, A Virtuous Ruby won the Golden Rose contest in Historical Romance in 2013 and is a Golden Heart finalist in 2014. Book four in the series, A Champion’s Heart, was a Golden Heart finalist in 2013.
She blogs about the history behind her novels at http://piperhuguley.com. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and son.
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