Hillary Clinton once famously quoted the ancient African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” And while I don’t necessarily agree with her, I do believe it takes a village to sell a book.
Speaking frankly, writing a book is not nearly as challenging as marketing it. While I fiercely believe in the story I wrote, I hate the idea of talking about it ad nauseam or guilting my friends and family into reading/promoting it. On the flip side, in order for people to read the book, someone needs to encourage people to read it.
So, basically, I am asking for your help. My first novel releases Tuesday, March 1 and I cannot do this alone.
Your time is valuable and should be treated as such. So here’s what I want to do.
The first 50 people who post a photo on social media with a copy of the book will receive a thank-you note from me and a piece of jewelry mentioned in the novel. (Yes, I said jewelry. It’s a legit piece of jewelry–not a paper crown from Burger King, FYI.) I know most children don’t use social media, but if you allow your child to post a photo with the book to your social media, I would be happy to send the card and gift to your child. Make sure you tag/tell me so I know who to send the note and gift to. (https://www.facebook.com/trishapriebe or https://twitter.com/BookRamble)
*Note: The jewelry is ideal for a young female, but I will give it to anyone in the U.S. who requests it.
**Another note: 1 piece of jewelry per family, please, but I will happily include multiple names in the note.
***A final note: You do not need to purchase the book to share a photo with the book. Beg, borrow …
Anyone who completes 3 of the following (or does something better) I will acknowledge you (or your child) publicly in the front of the second book in the series.
- Post a review on Goodreads and share
- Post a review on Amazon and share
- Write a blog post
- Give a school book report
- Encourage a local or school library to add the book to their collection.
- Help spread the word with your creative idea(s) ??? Really, I’m open. Just spread the word.
The bottom line: I would love the privilege of continuing to write for middle grade/young adult readers. I believe middle grade readers are largely overlooked by writers and publishing houses and they need good options in order to fall in love with reading while they are young. Readers are leaders.
In order to make this happen, I need your help. So … Will you be my village?