Monday, April 8, 2013

Getting Attention

Small press books rely on word of mouth.  By definition, these publishers are "small," and they don't have thousands of dollars to spend on publicity and advertising.  The main form of promotion comes from amateur reviews and everyday readers spreading the word.  That is something that is surprisingly hard to get.  It's the strangest thing; people are eager to talk about that new television show they just watched, or chat about that hot new restaurant, but when it comes to a new book from a small press?  Crickets.  What is it about small press books that people are so afraid to talk about?

As part of my ongoing attempt to spread the word about The Temporal Element, I'd like to ask everyone who reads it to spread the word.  If people could take a few minutes and tell other bloggers, reviewers, facebook friends, twitter followers, etc... about the book, that would be of great assistance.  And don't forget to post Amazon reviews.

Those of you who haven't checked out this anthology of time travel stories, you can read more about it here, and also read free samples.  Both Print & Kindle versions are up at now, or you can buy a print copy from the publisher for the same price as Amazon.  Either way, if you enjoy sci-fi & fantasy, this collection will not disappoint you.

Also, if you are a blogger, and you'd be interested in letting me do a "guest post" on your blog, I'd be glad to entertain your readers with some details about the anthology's creation.  Let me know!


  1. If you wanted to do a gust post at my Tony Laplume blog, that would be fine!

    Several years I realized that I'm always reading. In school they made you write reports for everything you read. I didn't always like the structure of those reports, but I've been doing a version of those for myself. Plenty of readers only do that on sites like Goodreads and Amazon, or for indy books on their blogs. I do it with everything I read.

    1. It would be great to post something there. We'll talk in a few days, when my head stops pounding.

  2. I'm a blogger, and I'd be interested in hearing what you'd propose for a guest post. Our blog is

    Let us know, and happy A to Z!

    1. Thanks for being open to the idea, Daniel. I was thinking of writing up a guest post regarding the founding of Martinus Publishing, some interesting insights into founding and operating a small press.

      It may be a couple of days before I can do much, as I'm feeling quite under the weather right now. Tomorrow's blog post will speak to that.