Welcome to the 126th episode of The Author Hangout, a podcast designed to help authors, especially self-published and indie authors, with marketing their books and improving their author platform. Authors struggle with various aspects of marketing and we are here to help!
Media Interviews & Book Marketing
In this episode, we interviewed 9-year old self-published author, Emma Sumner (and her dad Sean). They shared some great insights about self-publishing, marketing, and tips for doing media interviews even if you’re scared.
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“There’s nothing to be afraid of. At first it’s really scary, but once you get on there, you’ll feel a lot better talking to the person that’s interviewing you. I’ve got to admit, I was really scared on my first one and my second one. But I got over it, and anyone can do that.”
“For marketing, it was hard to get the word out at first. The first two days, I didn’t have a launch team, and that was pretty hard. But after we got the launch team it was easier. Writing the book, the hardest part was probably the first draft.”
“I will say one of the biggest marketing tools that we did is just old fashioned getting out and talking about it. I’d talk to everyone I know about this book, and eventually someone would go “I love that idea.” I’ll give them a free book, and they’ll share it with three people, and then all of a sudden we have someone come up and say “Hey, we’d like you to do a book signing at the major Sacramento Park,” which we did. Or “We want you to be part of the Kids Expo,” or “We want you to be on the cover of a magazine.” We’re going to have a photoshoot tomorrow to be on the cover of a magazine. A lot of those have come from word-of-mouth from friends or giving those books out and having her sign those, and just really those little things.”
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Get caught up on the other episodes of The Author Hangout that you may have missed:
- Ep 140: “Gumroad for Authors”
- Ep 138: “Goal Setting Check-in”
- Ep 137: “Relying On Others”
- Ep 136: “Honest Conversations on Book Marketing”
- Ep 135: “Recognition of Hard Work”
- Ep 133: “Making Money Fast?”
- Ep 132: “Book Marketing & Book Launches”
- Ep 129: “Author Answers: Using KDP Select or Not”
- Ep 126: “Media Interviews & Book Marketing”
- Ep 124: “Goal Setting for Authors”
- Ep 121: “Authors Answers: DIY Blog Tours”
- Ep 119: “Author Answers: Choosing Comparison Titles”
- Ep 115: “Author Answers: Best Marketing Activities”
- Ep 113: “Writing Faster, Marketing Smarter”
- Ep 111: “Building Book Launch Teams”
- Ep 110: “Book Launches and Distribution”
- Ep 107: “NaNoWriMo, Writing, and Marketing”
- Ep 104: “Connect With Other Authors”
- Ep 099: “Maximizing Book Promotions”
- Ep 097: “Kindle in Motion & More”
- Ep 086 – How To Create an Irresistible Opt-In Incentive
- Ep 085: Build a Killer Self-Hosted Author Website
- Ep 084: An Introduction to How to Build a Responsive Author Email List in Just 30 Days
- Ep 083: How To Use Content Marketing To Delight Your Readers
- Ep 082: “The ONE Social Media Platform You Should Be on Today!”
- Ep 081: “How To Create A Reader Profile”