BookExpo America, North America’s largest tradeshow just ended this past weekend. For many authors this event was the start of their book promotion. The authors are energized from the event. Yet then they ask themselves how they can promote their book during the slow summer time and become discouraged. They shouldn’t. The summer is a great time for book promotion and to get the momentum going for the critical fall months.
First authors need to remember in the 24/7 news cycle and social media driven world, there is no slow time. Newspapers, radio shows, television news, and magazines are all looking for story ideas. And with the summer a slower period of time, the media is more likely to give a look to a story that they might not in the fall and also give it more coverage than in a busy news time. Tie your book into a news story to help brand yourself as an expert. This is an ideal time to do so and can allow you to be branded for even bigger opportunities in the fall.
Regardless of genre a book can be tapped for summer stories of new interests. For example, if you have a cookbook, some ways to position it might be healthy recipes for the summer or tips on how to eat healthy during the summer. If your novel is a mystery, promote your book by offering tips on why mysteries are popular during the summer. Or if you are a romance writer, tie your book into summer romance tips.
If your book is at all related to family or children activities, the summer offers an abundance of media opportunities. Many novels have a theme of family. An angle for this is tips on creating family traditions. Or another angle would be tips on the perfect family reunion (always newsworthy during the summer as many family reunions are held during the summer). If it is a children’s book with activities, you can incorporate it to summer activities for parents and children. Tips on foods, style, activities, and travel are always popular angles throughout the summer.
If your novel is set in an exotic location, a travel article or tips on traveling to this location is a good way to get your name and book some coverage with an article or op-ed. The media loves travel tips. Even a tv segment can be made into this concept.
Parents are always looking for educational ideas for their children during the summer months and this is the ideal time to promote a children’s book. If you have a book on teaching children Chinese, this can be made into an activity for the summer.
Every author wants to be on the Ellen Show or Queen Latifah. August is a great time to reach out to producers at nationally syndicated programs as they begin forming their fall schedule and booking guests.
Finally, for the very reason that summer is considered a slow time – vacations, your book can be branded the perfect summertime read on vacation. Suggest it as preferred reading for the summer vacation.
Authors – summer is not a slow time for book promotion. It is the ideal time to be creative and get a head start before the fall. Summer book promotion can be the best of times if done well.