Publishing Infomercials?

I’ve never been one to sleep at what most might call a “normal” hour, which means if my TV is on there’s a good chance the late night infomercials are trying to sell me something. Honestly, I’ve not once bought anything after watching an infomercial. The prices are rarely reasonable in my eyes.

But last night I had my TV on and caught a glimpse of a publishing infomercial. Are those a thing now? I can’t even tell you what they were selling, though it was likely some kind of book or kit that’s supposed to give you all the self publishing secrets to success. Other infomercials are pushing a product, but I can’t imagine this self publishing whatever it was having anything of worth. It seems to me that someone is trying to capitalize on the mindset I’ve encountered so many times from those considering self publishing. Releasing something as soon as possible in order to make money as soon as possible. The TV product most definitely attacked the latter of the two.

First, have you ever bought anything after watching an infomercial? Second, would you buy a guide to self publishing after seeing it on an infomercial even though there are plenty of extensively researched guides available at your local bookstore or online?

Indies, Read This!

I normally don’t even say indie for self published authors because it seems like they’re trying to legitimize their work by avoiding “self published” author. Which is ridiculous because if you self publish then you self publish.

Anyway, now to the point of the post. One thing I was looking to do when I first self published two years ago was book signings. And I know the thought has crossed your mind if you’ve self published recently or are planning to.

I’m here to tell you that there is a place that has a nice customer base and will be happy to help you host an event. Obviously different locations are going to have their own guidelines and rules, but let me tell you about my Half Price Books. We have author signings most Saturdays. The authors set up near the door so everyone can see them. And the author leaves with 100 percent of what they make during their time in the store. There’s no fee or percentage taken by the store. AND most authors stay for three hours and the manager makes announcements every half hour or so telling customers who is at the front of the store and why.

How cool is that!? Half Price Books of course isn’t in every city or town. But there are more than 200 locations spread across the country, and I bet most have signings and guidelines similar to mine. So give your local store a call and see if you can get yourself in front of plenty of people who are already looking for books!

Positive Review Swap? Whaa?

Hmm. I really tried to find the post I read about this topic. Like I seriously just sat here for ten minutes trying to find it on Google and Bing. But I guess the person who wrote it doesn’t use tags or something. I don’t know. I tried to give him credit.

Anyway, the post I read was not 100 percent surprising to me even though I’ve never actually heard of this happening. It was basically two self-published authors communicating with each other about reviewing each other’s books. But one guy thought it would just be your regular review and the other author thought they should swap positive reviews. Hm. Interesting.

Now, do I know indie authors review books for each other? Yes. Do I think they hesitate to be overly negative in their reviews? Yes. But I hadn’t heard of an author explicitly express that the reviews of both works be positive. Might as well just ask your boyfriend to write it and you tell him what to say. See, this is one of those instances in which indie authors get a bad rep and they actually deserve it. I know every author wants their books to have so many reviews, but going about it like this is just stupid. Imagine JK Rowling going to another author and asking for a positive review. It’s laughable is what it is. Sure I’m comparing two complete opposite ends of the spectrum here, but I’ve read that more well known authors hate being asked to write blurbs for other books. There was one author, who of course I can’t remember the name of right now, who would get hundreds of requests every month from other authors and publishers and who would not write a blurb for a single one. Because her philosophy was to treat every other author the same. No favorites.

Imagine how many requests the super authors of today get. Just to read the book and write a few short words. It’s probably ridiculous. And they’re tasked with picking and choosing who to help.

So we have major authors who are essentially indifferent to reading other books for the sake of writing reviews and/or blurbs, but then we have this indie author demanding that you exchange positive reviews. It’s a joke.

Have you ever participated in a positive review swap? Be honest.

Blog Tour Info

I mentioned a few posts ago that I would be going on a blog tour to help promote my first book. I also mentioned that I would have the details of said tour at some point. Well, I have them to share.

I’m using Sage’s Blog Tours for my tour and it will span the dates of January 6-27. You might be thinking that I have plenty of time to find tour hosts and stuff like that, but since my tour will have a heavy focus on reviews it really isn’t that much time at all.

Before I give you the link to possibly become a tour host, I’d first like to tell you guys what I’ll be needing (even though it’s clearly displayed if click the link.)

The tour will be 15-20 stops and I’m hoping for at least 3/4 of those to be reviews. Of course, I’m not the one working behind the scenes to make that happen, but that’s at least what I’m hoping for at this point. So should you have some desire to be a tour host then you’ll obviously be receiving a FREE copy of my book for review. So there’s that!

The remaining stops will likely be a combination of guest posts made by me or author interviews. Also, it helps if you currently write reviews, so if you’d like to be a host but you don’t review books then feel free to allow a guest post or schedule an interview. It goes without saying that your blog must be book related to participate.

If you’re interested all you have to do is click here! Check out my cool banner.