Teachers and librarians alike love receiving free gifts! When you arrive for your presentation, make sure to bring signed copies of your book to give to the librarian and teachers. You can also bring other promotional items such as bookmarks, magnets, pencils, etc. We offer these cool #CAUGHTREADING magnets and even copies of Story Monsters Ink magazine that some authors have used for their freebie items.
There are many different ways to present a children’s book. In a classroom setting, it’s important to tailor your event to the age of the students. What’s engaging to a 6-year-old is probably not going to work for a 12-year-old. No matter what age range you’re targeting, there are some common characteristics that make school presentations successful.
Once you have decided to get your book reviewed, you have to let it go like a bird out of its cage. It now has a life of its own and there’s little you can do to protect it from harm’s way. If something doesn’t go your way, the temptation is always to try to course correct, but you really can’t do that with reviews.
Always be respectful and polite in your communication. Getting reviews can sometimes be a frustrating process, but even if you’re experiencing that frustration, you shouldn’t let it show. Be professional!
If you’re self-publishing your e-book or print book, it’s critical for you to make sure that your book is professionally illustrated, designed, and edited. If you cost-cut on these items, you’ll regret it in the long run. Publishing is a business. If your book doesn’t look as good or doesn’t read as well as other books by larger publishers, it’s difficult to make an impact. Let’s assume you’ve done all these things right and you are ready to get some reviews! Reviews can help you at every stage of the process, but before you solicit them, you’ll need to focus on your goals.
It can be daunting trying to navigate the book publishing and marketing process when you have so many questions like: How do I get an ISBN number for my book? What should I look for when choosing an editor? Where do I go to get my book reviewed? How much publicity does my book really need? How can social media help me promote my book? How much is this all going to cost, anyway?