Want to know my action plan on how to be media savvy? How to strategise promotions on social media?
Well, sorry, but you’re in the wrong place. Having people try and sell me stuff makes me want to scream. This is more a reminder to be a human. Most humans are great. Let me introduce you to Grace and Erin.
Grace is the very first reader to email me through my website. Grace and Erin are best friends and they are both writers as well as readers. I think Grace has a lovely, fresh tone to her voice.
This is her email:
I am writing to praise you about your book ‘More Of Me’. I found it through Cathy Cassidy’s blog post, as Cathy is one of my favourite authors and has been for years. Just by reading the synopsis I knew it was something I’d fall in love with, and the idea was so inviting I had to buy it! I visited a local store to buy with my best friend, and we even had a picture posted on Twitter of us holding the book!
The people at my local bookshop (Write Blend in Liverpool) had said you were wondering what people would think of the idea, and I felt I had to write to reassure you that your book is a masterpiece! I write myself all of the time, and I want to be an author, and More Of Me wowed me. It’s amazing how you could come up with an idea so out of the ordinary. More Of Me was actually the best written book I think I have ever read, and I mean that. And please bear in mind that I’ve read hundreds of books, ha ha!
I loved the way that throughout the book you tamed the crazy thing that was taking over Teva and managed to make her and her life very relatable, despite her condition. The book was just so beautifully written, the story line was inviting and it had a way of taking me on the journey Teva was experiencing- I cried and laughed hysterically along with her.
My friend is currently reading the book, as I recommended it to her, and within reading two chapters she’s already vowing that it’s her favourite book!
I just thought I’d write to tell you how amazing I found More Of Me, and that i really hope you continue writing books!
Aside from being touched that Grace had taken the time to write, I was completely thrilled to hear that she’d enjoyed my book. So much so that she’d passed it on to Erin, who then emailed me too!
I’m Erin – Graces best friend, we bought your book together at write blend. I’m writing to tell you that I’m reading the book at the minute and I’m really really enjoying it ! Me and Grace LOVE Cathy Cassidy and she’d recommended it on her website ! Grace told me about it and I said we’ll have to buy it. So, Me and Grace then planned a trip to write blend to buy your book and ended up on Twitter !!
Grace and I want to be writers when we’re older and you and Cathy Cassidy have certainly inspired us ! Thanks so much Kathryn, I’m excited to see what happens in the end of “more of me” the only bad thing will be finishing it !
Erin’s voice sings with excitement , don’t you think? Definitely two young women with the gift of immediacy in their writing style. As I was reading their emails, I was struck by the journey it had taken to get into their hands. From Cathy Cassidy to Write Blend to Grace to Erin…a word of mouth journey that started on…
For that’s where I met Cathy Cassidy who I later met in real life when she was one of our keynote SCBWI conference speakers.
It’s also where I met Bob Stone, owner of Write Blend, and where Bob and I discovered we went to the same University in North Wales and (obviously ) share a passion for books.
I didn’t bombard Cathy and Bob with messages requesting they sell my book for me. They’re just nice humans. We got on. Had nice chats. Shared values. They wanted to help me.
So here’s the best bit of advice I can give you about promoting your book on any social media.
Here’s what you do:
Write the best book you can.
Be visible but not demanding.
Give more than you take.
Be a good human.
That last one works for other stuff too.
Thank you Grace and Erin and Bob and Cathy and all of you who’ve been so brill along the way.
You’re top humans and I’m proud to be the same species.