Welcome to Book Marketing Buzz, Maria. Can we begin by having you tell us a little about your book?
Maria: Liberation is a uniquely written fantasy novel. It’s about a woman name Amore Madre who is suddenly pulled away from her comfortable life in the mountains to Washington D.C. where she discovers that she has been chosen by an Intergalactic Supernatural intelligence Agency to help fight an evil supernatural syndicate affecting the nation and the planet. She is part of an Andrusian galactic strike force as is her soul mate Gabriel. Together they embark on a dangerous mission filled with dimensional travel, historical figures and a confrontation with the dark syndicate. Liberation ties together actual devastating current events that have happened in our nation and in our world with real historical characters, and beautiful journeys through worlds of fantasy. The novel challenges the reader and makes them think. “Could this be true?”
What is the first thing you did to promote your book once your publisher accepted your manuscript?
Maria: I didn’t want to wait to be accepted by a publisher so I created my own press to publish my own work! The first thing I did to promote Liberation was to call Reader Views and get them behind me.
If you had to pick just one book marketing tool that you’ve used to promote your book, which would you say has been the most effective?
Maria: The book trailer, people love it!
Do you do more promoting online or offline and which do you prefer?
Marla: I definitely prefer online promotion. You reach way more people than trying to physically go there and you can do it very fast.
Do you use social networks such as Twitter and Facebook to promote your books and have you had any success with it?
Maria: Yes I use Facebook and I’m just beginning to expand and use it for the book. The fan page seems to really work for those that have found it.
Do you own a blog and how often do you update it? Did you set up your blog solely to promote your book and what is its effectiveness?
Maria: Yes I did set it up just to promote my book. I’m new to blogs but I really believe in the process! I won’t know its effectiveness though until later on…
Do you recommend authors getting publicists to help them promote their books? Do you have one?
Maria: I am shopping for one and yes I do recommend that they get a publicist but it doesn’t have to be at first. The book can be promoted in stages.
If an author prefers to do it alone rather than hire a publicist, where should they start?
Maria: I would begin by using the internet strongly, the social networks, and the Amazon forums to tell everybody about the book. We all have to learn to promote ourselves, from inside out and believe in our work. If we believe in our work then there is a great chance others will too.
Thank you for coming, Maria! We wish you much success!
Maria: You are very welcome and I’ll accept that wish of yours for Liberation’s success!