I have worked with two publishing companies for my previously works and with the first company, the authors seemed to work together as did the second company I signed with, but not with the same gusto that I am finding that the Wild Horse Press authors (where I am currently signed with for my next book release) work together and the teacher didn’t even tell us to work together…everyone just did it! ;- )
Of course, just as I don’t believe in collective spiritual salvation, but in individual salvation; in this scenario, I also believe that in the end, the individual is responsible for how far he or she succeeds in promoting his or her work, but having some help along the way is a good thing. Collectively, as a group of authors, we can encourage each other. We’re all in this journey together and rather than fight and claw our way to the top, it’s better to help each other up there together. Not only are you getting there yourself, but you all are helping each other get there and you’re making friends along the way…even if only in cyberspace. Isn’t the Internet so wonderful!!
One of my fellow Wild Horse Press authors, Anne Holly, posted a comment yesterday on facebook ~ Anne’s Brilliant Thought for Today: “How did people set up blog interviews before they had email…?” BTW, you can feel free to check out her website at: www.anneholly.webs.com. See folks, that’s a perfect example of working together. I promote her site on my blog and she (way before I even posted her link here) is promoting all of the Wild Horse Press authors on her blog during their release weeks. It’s all about working together. Anyway, back to her thought. It’s true, how did authors promote their work before the Internet? I remember in 2004 when my first book, Shadowed Remembrances was released, it was a lot harder to promote my work than it is today and that was only 6 years ago. Now there are so many avenues via social networks and book trailers and blog interviews etc. It’s awesome.
How else can authors work together? I have started an author link exchange on my website. I will post authors’ website links, along with a 50 word bio and post it on my contact page; in exchange, those authors will add me to their own websites links pages. Some authors are also doing banner exchanges. Whatever works for you, do it. If you are an author and would like to be part of my author link exchange, please feel free to email me your website link and 50 word bio.
On Mondays, I am posting author interviews. So far, I have an author interview scheduled for Anne Holly on September 20th and one for Beth Anne Buehler on September 27th (whose release day is today so hop over to her website at www.bethannebuehler.com). I am also trying to locate novice writers who are trying to publish their first novels. I will be posting interviews with them on my blog as well.
If you can locate authors who are local to you, try to organize a shared book reading or book signing event at your local coffee shop or book store. Not only will you be able to get more people to the event because you both will bring traffic in, you’ll also have the moral support to work together with another author who is probably as nervous as you are to do an event like this.
Think outside of the box. Try to always be creative and look for ideas that others are not doing and do them well. But always remember the golden rule and do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Working together with others makes the job more fun and easier to get done. Have a great day and if you have any other ideas on working together with other authors to market your name and your books, feel free to post your comments and website link (hint, hint…that’s another way to market, by visiting blog posts and commenting and leaving your links).