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Writing for Dollars
November, 2000

Review by Pat Wade

"...if you think writing a book is hard ain't seen nothing, yet." -- Patricia L. Fry

Ms. Fry has learned book promotion through writing, publishing and selling ten books. She shares her hard won experience in this concise but valuable handbook.

Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, _Over 75 Good Ideas for Promoting Your Book_ is for you. Justify the purchase, if for no other reason than to get a comprehensive view of what happens AFTER your book is published. The section titled "Book Promotion Basics" is a must-read for anyone who plans to see their book in print.

Ms. Fry has self-published her books, and one of them is now offered by a publishing house. In addition to promotion tips, the reader gains insight to the business of self-publishing.

Nonetheless, the seventy-seven strategies are applicable regardless of the publisher. Many of the ideas are especially useful for non-fiction writers. In fact, those writers can save time and rewrites by reading Ms. Fry's "Basic" information about researching the market before starting their book.

Another section that every writer will want to memorize concerns the book signing. Many authors dream of meeting their public and showing off their creation. Have you ever been to a signing that had any resemblance to the ones depicted in the movies? Probably not. Ms. Fry has an excellent set of procedures to assure, if not a Hollywood-style signing, at least a creditable one. In addition to the publicity and promotional activities, she also suggests "seeding" the autograph seekers with people you know, because a crowd of people will attract more attention.

Whether writers want to admit it or not, they can influence the number of their books that are sold. Methods such as mailing postcards and flyers are familiar to most authors, but where do you get the names beyond your personal address book and local writer's group? The author has some solid tips for compiling a large list.

Have you thought about getting your book listed in a catalog? When you consider the number that are delivered to your mailbox year round, any book can benefit from a catalog listing. Ms. Fry suggests ways to select the right catalog as well as resources for finding them.

Are you the type of person who hesitates to let the world know about your book? Do you think that the publisher should do that for you? If it's difficult for you to contemplate the mundane side of publishing, read these tips regularly to overcome your reluctance. Until you're selling like Stephen King, the only person who will sell your book is you -- unless you hire a publicist. Ms. Fry has some information about that as well.

_Over 75 Good Ideas for Promoting Your Book_ gives every writer a thorough look at the business side of writing. It isn't necessarily the part we want to see, but it's invaluable for people who are serious about seeing their work continue to sell.

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