Radio Days

When I completed my first book, I was trying to keep things kind of under wraps at work. However, the cat got out of the bag and it was no longer a secret. I was surprised by my manager’s reaction. He was incredibly supportive of this endeavor and actually purchased a marketing package for me of my own choosing.

Having very little understanding of book marketing, I was soon swimming in a flood of possible opportunities of all different shapes, sizes and price tags. I finally settled on the Readers Favorite’s Book Promotion Package which I found to be reasonably priced and reputable. One of their strategic partners, The Authors Show, welcomed me as a preferred guest as part of said package.

I had never been on the radio before and was rather anxious about sounding like a moron.  I didn’t worry for long, though, because it was clear that The Authors Show staff had the interview process down to a science. They sent me an author interview form to complete. It asked for pertinent information about the book. They allowed me to create 8-10 suggested questions that would relate to its content, and would connect with an audience. There was a place to create a synopsis, a call to action to encourage buying behavior and a list of preparatory questions, so I would have an idea of what to expect.  Some of the questions were very thought provoking and have helped me during other marketing initiatives as well. For example: What benefits will the buyer get from reading the book?

After I completed the interview form and submitted it, I didn’t wait long until the interview was scheduled. It was conducted over the phone by Don McCauley, who was very kind. Before we got started, he encouraged me to relax and be as natural as possible. He assured me that they would edit the interview and remove any pauses or filler words.

When the time for the interview came, there was no better place to have it than in my office at work. I used a headset and stared out the window the whole time. Ideally it should be in a remote location without any distractions or background noise. Even though it felt odd to be interviewed in that capacity, Don was very gracious and made me feel very good about the experience, which only lasted about thirty minutes.

Once the interview was edited, it came out to be fifteen minutes in duration. The radio interview was featured on The Authors Show for an entire month. During this time, I leveraged all the social media tools in my arsenal to get the word out: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, my website, et cetera. After my time on The Authors Show website was up, they sent me an MP3 file of the interview. It’s still available on YouTube and accessible through my website. People have marveled, “You sound so knowledgeable!”  That’s nice to hear, but it’s because the marketing company set me up for success. Aside from Amazon, it has been the best marketing vehicle I have found so far, and it’s by far the most impressive facet of my campaign.  I will always be grateful to my boss, to Don and to the good people at The Authors Show for providing me with this great facet of my marketing toolbox.

Have you leveraged radio as a media outlet? How do you get the word out about your interviews?

Gumbeaux – 2011 Readers Favorite Fiction Contest

Readers Favorite is a terrific venue for new authors who are looking for an inexpensive and reputable group to help them navigate the world of writing.

Gumbeaux received a 5-star rating and Gold level award for its genre of fiction, Chicklit.

Highly recommended staff – knowledgable and generous with their time.

http://readersfavorite.com/review/4166

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O561JK?ie=UTF8&tag=readsfavo-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B005O561JK

Welcome to the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, co-sponsored by Amazon.com and Penguin Group (USA).

Submit Your Novel

The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award brings together talented writers, reviewers, and publishing experts to find and develop new voices in fiction. The 2012 international contest will award two grand prizes: one for General Fiction and one for Young Adult Fiction. Each winner will receive a publishing contract with Penguin, which includes a $15,000 advance.

Manuscript submissions are now being accepted through February 5, 2012, at 11:59 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Standard Time), or when 5,000 entries have been received in each category, whichever is earlier.

Go to www.createspace.com/abna to register and submit your manuscript following the instructions on the entry form.

Book Giveaway Winner Announcement!

Congratulations to Anne Yoakam Ellsworth for winning a free copy of Gumbeaux! 

Her award winning recipe is as follows: 

Pimiento cheese:

  • Hellmann’s (full fat)
  • Grated cheddar (“rat cheese” as Grandaddy called extra sharp cheddar)
  • pimientos cut the size of the inside of a green olive
  • Cajun spices:  tobasco, cayenne to taste

Thanks, Anne, for entering the Gumbeaux giveaway contest! 

Drawing takes place tomorrow – Win a free copy of Gumbeaux!

CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT! Hello Louisiana food fans and fiction enthusiasts – let’s have some fun this week!

Send me your favorite Cajun food recipe to be entered in a drawing for a free copy of Gumbeaux.  The winners will be announced on 1/27/12.

Please send all recipes to kimberlyvargasauthor@gmail.com

Need more convincing? Check out these 5 star reviews:

http://www.amazon.com/Gumbeaux-Kimberly-Vargas/product-reviews/061553483X/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Thanks everyone – can’t wait to see the results!