I stopped by The Self Publisher to give my thoughts on book promotion at summer festivals. And yes, I did write it because I’m signed up to have a table at two festivals this summer, possibly more. Head over to The Self Publisher and check it out — and if you have valuable self-publishing knowledge to share, consider contacting King Midget and joining our information-sharing adventure!
Whenever a new self-published author asks where they should be promoting their work, the immediate responses are fairly standard:
- Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Google+, Tumblr, etc.)
- Personal website
- Local independent bookstores
- Library book readings
I submit to you a new avenue for book sales — summer festivals! Rent a vendor space, buy a folding table, print a few dozen copies of your book, and go wild!
In my home town — London, Ontario — we have a handful of festivals that take place all over the city every summer. There are big festivals, like the Home County Music and Art festival, and little festivals, like the For the Love of Arts festival. The big festivals are more expensive — $400 per vendor space seems to be the standard — while the smaller festivals can be anywhere from $50 per vendor space to totally free.
Now, festival vendors are usually…
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