Veteran Book Publicist Dispels Myth that New Authors Have Narrow Window of Opportunity

By: Ascot Media Group, Inc.
HOUSTON - Feb. 8, 2024 - PRLog -- Many authors believe that a book's success or failure hinges on the groundwork done within a few brief months surrounding the book's publication date, explained Trish Stevens, founder and CEO of Ascot Media Group in Houston. But this is simply not true, she added.

"It's really a shame that so many authors believe this," Stevens said. "Even when the publisher moves on to the next great book, sometimes just a couple of months later, the fact is, you can promote your book for years to come and still get great results, as long as there's nothing in it that becomes outdated quickly, like technology."

The key to sustaining any marketing momentum is to keep the messaging — and the mode of delivery — fresh, Stevens noted.

Her suggestions include giving talks or readings at local bookstores or coffee houses; taking part in broadcast interviews; offering discounts on bulk purchases for book clubs, schools, businesses or other groups; and being active on social media.

"The sky's the limit, and anything is possible, so get creative!" Stevens said. "Keep your marketing fresh and exciting, and you'll keep getting results."

"Most importantly," Stevens continued, "if you have self-published your book, make absolutely sure it has been thoroughly edited. Too many authors try to get around that, and that is the biggest mistake they make. Never think that your writing skills are good enough to simply publish your book online. One mistake in a book can put a reader off, instantly. And, if that causes bad reviews, you will become 'stuck.' Find a creditable editor!"

Stevens advises authors handling their own publicity to look for ways to make the topics of their books newsworthy, while avoiding hyperbolic language and fluff. And if they don't have time for self-promotion, they can hire a reputable book publicist.

"A book publicist can help you keep your book in the public eye; they can communicate with the media and secure interviews and appearances for you; help keep your story in print; and they can help you reach new audiences," she said.

The bottom line, Stevens emphasized, is that authors have spent years (in most cases) bringing their books to fruition, so they shouldn't give up so quickly when it comes to publicizing it.

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