Posts Tagged ‘young adult’

I’m Still an Indie Author

July 2, 2012

Miami International Book Fair
Miami International Book Fair

Did you know the Miami International Book Fair is one of the largest book events in the country?

The first Miami Book Fair International, founded by Miami Dade College and community partners, took place in 1984.

Since then it has been recognized as the nation’s finest literary festival. In 2001, the Fair became part of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College, a cultural and academic initiative that promotes the advancement and appreciation of literature throughout the year.

I didn’t know any of this yesterday. I discovered it about ten hours after discovering that my debut novel, Reichold Street, is a finalist in the 2012 Readers Favorite Awards.

It’s in the young adult genre, and the award ceremony honoring Readers Favorite Award finalists will be held during the Book Fair event next November.

I have to admit, I find it pretty heady stuff. Top five. Wow!

It isn’t clear that this will help sell any copies of the book, but I figure what the heck. What can it hurt?

At the very least I’ll get to bump elbows with other aspiring authors at the Award Ceremony, held on Saturday November 17, 2012, the second day of the street fair, at the Regency Hotel Miami.

I might even get a chance to pass out a few rack cards promoting all my books, including Tinker and Zebulon.

Even if nothing happens with my books, the weather should be nice and my grandkids aren’t that far away. You’ll get nothing but smiles from me about that.

 

Next New Book

May 28, 2012

Newest TINKER Cover-RLHerron
© Front cover of my new book, “Tinker”

The first part of this year has been extremely busy. I sometimes think I’m working harder now than when I had a nine-to-five, and I have no one to blame but myself.

I just published my third book, a general fiction short-story collection entitled, “Tinker.”

As a teaser, here’s the first two paragraphs of the lead story:

I was eleven when my dog Tinker died. He hadn’t been sick or anything like that. Far from it. If he had been, I might have seen his passing as a blessing and an end to his torment. But he was only five years old, in the prime of his dog-years life. He’d been chasing a Frisbee, his tongue hanging out and his mouth open in a big, lolling doggie grin when he was hit by a car, right in front of my eyes.

In the days that followed, I was struck by the way grief, relief and guilt could co-exist in such a cozy fashion. I cried my eyes out as I carried his broken body back to the house. “Omigod, Dad, Tink’s hurt bad!”

The e-Book version is already available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The paperback will follow at both venues soon. You can already purchase the paperback on my secure “Books by Ronald Herron” site.

Now, like before, comes the hard part. Marketing. It’s something I’ve been thinking about lately … a lot. I spent my whole working career in public relations and marketing, and a lot of people think it might be something second nature to me by now.

It isn’t.

The more I think about it, the worse my headache becomes.

I’ve come to the conclusion, after reading the advice of all the online “professionals” out there, and seeing where publishing has been heading for the past several years, that I’d be much better off just asking you for feedback.

What have you liked about what I’ve written?

I know that’s a bit presumptuous, assuming you’ve purchased one of my books … but if you have done so – what did you like about it? Perhaps a better question might be, what didn’t you like?

I don’t seem to be getting much feedback here. Comments are posted infrequently.

Perhaps you have negative comments and don’t want to hurt my feelings. Trust me … you won’t. How will I ever improve, if you don’t tell me where I’m making mistakes? How can I make my writing better, if you don’t tell me about the parts you found difficult to follow? Or totally insipid?

The best possible marketing I could do is to find out what you think. I need you to tell your friends about my books. Let them give me some advice, too. Share this post with them.

I just started my fourth book, another novel, so I’ll have some time between brain spasms to actually respond to your comments. Whattaya say? Care to let me work a bit?

I promise to answer. In fact, I’m looking forward to it.

You can post comments here to start a discussion, or leave them on my work email: ron@ronaldherron.com.

 


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