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Author’s Marketing Journey, pt. 7 – Advance Copies

I just got boxes full of author copies in advance of my novel’s official February 1, 2020 release date, and the question you (and I) may be asking is, what am I going to do with all of them? The answer is ‘a lot of things,’ because advance copies can be crucial to an authorsContinue reading “Author’s Marketing Journey, pt. 7 – Advance Copies”

UPDATE: Why Universities Cover Up Sexual Assault

Former TU student, Abby RossPhoto credit: The Frontier Dozens of alleged victims filed a class-action lawsuit earlier this month claiming that Ohio State University knowingly protected Dr. Richard Strauss, a university doctor employed by the school to treat mainly athletes. The report details the systematic abuse of 177 male athletes in at least 1500 instancesContinue reading “UPDATE: Why Universities Cover Up Sexual Assault”

Sex Scandal at Ohio State University

Photo credit: The Frontier Dozens of alleged victims filed a class-action lawsuit earlier this month claiming that Ohio State University knowingly protected Dr. Richard Strauss, a university doctor employed by the school to treat mainly athletes. The report details the systematic abuse of 177 male athletes in at least 1500 instances over the course ofContinue reading “Sex Scandal at Ohio State University”

Advance copies are here!

It’s such a cliche–the photo of author’s copies when the box arrives–but I can’t help it. It’s such a great feeling! Thanks to Nick at Atmosphere Press, these copies of my novel look great and are ready to go. Now, I’ve got to move them. Aye, there’s the rub, the thick black lining to anContinue reading “Advance copies are here!”

The “Blurb” – A Writer’s Marketing Journey, pt 6

Everyone knows the ‘blurb,’ aka the quote usually on the back cover of a book that tells readers what’s go great about this particular book and why they should read it. But not every wrier may know how important and useful blurbs are. What is a ‘blurb’? In short, the blurb is a short paragraphContinue reading “The “Blurb” – A Writer’s Marketing Journey, pt 6″

Author’s Marketing Journey, pt. 5 – Website Building

I spent the entirety of my ‘Marketing Monday’ working on my website: grantmatthewjenkins.com. Most authors, particularly novelists, have them these days, and a website is an essential part of any marketing plan whether your are rep’d or self-published. Where do you start? For my website, I used the open-source, web-based software, WordPress, because I haveContinue reading “Author’s Marketing Journey, pt. 5 – Website Building”

Proof and Publication Date

I think we’ve finally figured out all the problems with the proof copy of Ivory Tower, but considering all of the issues I’ve had and time I’ve spent on it, I’ve decided to push the release date of the book back to Feb 1. That will give me time to get hard and electronic copiesContinue reading “Proof and Publication Date”

Problems with the new proof

If I could put a frown emoji here, I would. (Not really, ha ha.) But I must admit that it’s frustrating to receive a new proof of my novel and still find problems in it. Let me just say here that I am confident that my publisher, Nick, will fix it and make sure thingsContinue reading “Problems with the new proof”

An Author’s Marketing Journey, pt 4

I’m learning that marketing and promoting your own book is a long haul or, if you prefer a sports analogy, a four-quarter game. Although it is tempting to skip “Marketing Monday,” or whatever time you’ve set aside to do this PR work, perseverance is more than half the fight. For Its Own Sake One ofContinue reading “An Author’s Marketing Journey, pt 4”