Broccoli Chronicles, chapter book by Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva

Wearing multiple hats and balancing your time between the creative side and the business side can be very difficult.  Most authors would rather spend their time writing their next book versus advertising it.  We forget that showcasing our wonderful piece of work to the world is equally important as writing it.

In the beginning, I didn’t understand the business aspect of things.  I went to the local library and checked out a few books regarding building your platform as an author.  One of the major things that I learned is to not be shy about discussing my book, my success, and my credentials with others.  I am quiet and more on the reserved side.  Rarely, do I mention my accolades with anyone, especially strangers.

I’ve learned some valuable tips that have helped me market my first book, Broccoli Chronicles, an inspiring chapter book that follows Myrtle Beckle and her quest to cure cancer through broccoli.

Below is a list of 10 tips that will help you market your first book!

1. Become a LibraryThing and Goodreads author.

2. Create a profile page for Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.

3. Join organizations such as: IBPA, SCBWI, and ABA.

4. Locate opportunities for book signings and book readings at local libraries, bookstores, and elementary schools.

5. Frequently blog and write articles about your book and/or topics pertaining to your book and the publishing world.

6. Email your press release to weeklies, local newspaper columns, and magazine companies.

7. Attend book fairs and local book events such as: the UCLA Book Fair and the Frankfurt Book Fair.

8. Apply for book awards such as: the Eric Hoffer Award and the Benjamin Franklin Book Award.

9. Solicit book reviews from professional colleagues in your field or editorial reviews from places such as: Library Journal or Publisher’s Weekly.

10. Join writing groups and forums such as: Nathan Bransford, Critique Circle, Book Blogs, Indie Authors, and more.

About 

Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.

Tip 5 of 6 Tips for Aspiring Writers

You’ve spent the last few weeks condensing your 100+ page manuscript into a one to two page summary. You have all of the right components and now you are ready to send it off to an agent. Right before you do that, make sure that you get a second opinion. Whether you hire an editor or critiquer, you need to test if your hook immediately grabs their attention.

They will evaluate your hook, summary, and author’s bio. Also, they will alert any minor grammatical or spelling errors. Usually through Track Changes, they will correct the mistakes for you and provide a brief summary at the end which lists some pros and cons for you to focus on.

Now you are ready to revise your query letter and synopsis using the feedback that they gave you. You may need to revise these items up to ten times and possibly even more before it’s ready to send out to agents. Don’t rush this process. It takes time!

Building Voices will critique your work for a minimal fee. Please visit Building Voices for pricing.

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About 

Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.

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