Sue Mydliak was born in Flint, Michigan. Came to Illinois when she was a little girl and graduated from Downers Grove South. It wasn't until the book Twilight came out did she develop her interest in writing. It was then in 2011, that her first book, Birthright, was published and made best seller the first week it was out. This lead her to make Birthright into a Trilogy. She has written two other books, Night Games and an anniversary book, Forever, which is Birthright's story, but whose story line is different and geared more for adults. She is currently writing two other books, Eternal and Secrets and has finished illustrating a new children's book, JellyBean Turns Three (see her Children's book website, http://susiebbooks.strikingly.com/)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

I'll say it again...

I know I've said some things on marketing yourself as an author, and how to get your books out to the masses, but I've got more to add.

I can't stress enough how important it is to have business cards with your book, author website and author email on it to pass out to people wherever you are!  Novel postcards are awesome too, because on the one side you have your book cover with a link to where people can purchase them, on the other side a synopsis of what it's about.  Right there, that simple little 3x5 card can sell a book in minutes!  I kid you not!

For example, I went to a book signing at Hanks Farm Restaurant, given by the Book Mouse and as always,
I had my business cards and novel postcards with me.  As we sat down at the table, oh, this was a dinner book signing event, anyway, as we sat down we shook hands with three people that sat next to me and my husband, another author friend came in, Jakob Waitekus, and sat down next to us as well.  So, names were given out and conversations kicked in.  Much to my surprise, my husband mentioned that Jakob and I were authors as well with the Book Mouse and so that's where I got my motor running.

They asked what I wrote and that's when I gave out my novel postcards.  All three of them read the synopsis and were quite eager to get their copies as well, they even asked me to sign their postcards too!  I also told them that I would be at the Riverfest, August 3rd, which is in Ottawa, Illinois selling and signing my books. They couldn't wait and asked about other books that I had written, to which, I told them and said that they'd find all my books on Amazon under my name.

Needing to get Jakob noticed about his book, I asked him if he had his business cards to give to them as well, and sadly he didn't have them with him. He could of had a sale, if he had his cards.

It's so very important, even if your book isn't even published yet, to get yourself business cards and novel postcards, and give them out religiously!  I even went as far as getting a large window decal of my book
and where to get it and put it on the back window of my Smart Car.

It doesn't take a lot of time to make them, in fact, you can go through Vista Print, Walgreen's or even Office Max and get them made!  All you need to do is either use your own image or one of theirs and fill in the information.  That's it!  Simple right?  Yes!

I got to say, can't always rely on others to market your book, especially if you self-publish.  Just takes a little thought, and thinking outside the box.

Good luck to all you new authors!