Whatever 2011 Shopping Guide Schedule: Get Ready to Promote

Now that it’s officially December, I’m going to get my Ho Ho Ho on and announce that next week, each week day, I am going to post a specific entry for authors, creators and others to promote books, creations and charities. Why? Because I have a big damn readership, full of people who are looking for interesting stuff to give (and get!) for the holidays. And because, you know, I shop for the holidays myself. I could use an idea or two. Or three. Or many.

To give you folks time to prepare, here’s the schedule of what to promote and by whom:

Monday December 5: Traditionally Published Authors — If your work is being published by a publisher a) who is not you and b) gets your books into actual, physical bookstores on a returnable basis, this is your day to tell people about your books. Includes comics/graphic novels.

Tuesday December 6: Non-Traditionally Published Authors — Self published? Electronically published? Or other? This is your day.

Wednesday December 7: Other Creators — Artists, knitters, jewelers, musicians, and anyone who has cool stuff to sell this holiday season, this will be the day to show off your creations.

Thursday December 8: Fan Favorite Day — Not an author/artist/musician/other creator but know about some really cool stuff you think people will want to know about for the holidays? Share! Share with the crowd!

Friday December 9: Charities — If you are involved in a charity, or have a favorite charity you’d like to let people know about, this is the day to do it.

Any questions? Leave them in the comments. Note I’m running about this afternoon so I may not respond immediately but I’ll get through the thread eventually.

19 Comments on “Whatever 2011 Shopping Guide Schedule: Get Ready to Promote”

  1. As a small press publisher who wants to promote the books we’ve published, which day do I get to post? Fan Favorite doesn’t seem quite right since I have an interest.

  2. Shawn – Ohio, USA – Early to bed, early or whirlybird or something. Bored now, bye. Don't step on any Lego's 'cause it _Hurts_!
    Shawn T

    Now I’m wondering whether writing on the subway walls is a traditional
    way to publish.

  3. Great idea, John, though I am posting mainly to congratulate you and Wil Wheaton on Fuzzy Nation being one of Audible’s best of 2011. Wil has you down. Best wishes.

  4. for the nontraditionally published authors, I have a friend who put 2 chapters of his novel online, and I’d like to point him here to promote it, but would that count for that post or the Wednesday or Thursday posts instead?

    thanks, John!

  5. D. Paul Angel – I am in my 40’s (the new "20" they say!), am originally from California, and now live in Portland, OR, but would eventually like to "retire" to Hawaii. I am, most definitely, a “Nerd’s Nerd.” I can recite huge tracts of Monty Python, can force Star Wars quotes into nearly any conversation, find serenity amongst fireflies, enjoy hitchhiking to the beach with my towel in hand (remember the Hawaii bit), have found precious little to dislike about Tolkien, and find any argument favoring Picard over Kirk to be both fascinating and most illogical. My foundation in Science Fiction began with Asimov, but Heinlein’s wit brought it to the front of my conscious. Although I am still recovering from the amount of time spent wheeling through Jordan and Sanderson’s epic, I have found long series, such as Scalzi’s, no longer make me feel like an old man (The new 20, right!?). I've always had a love of comics, particularly the far side of Bloom County where Calvin lived, often casting pearls before swine whilst doing the foxtrot over the hedge. Even though I already have 2 puppy-dogs I love, Zack and Satia, I can’t help but think how awesome having a magical creature would be; even if I do worry that caring for it would leave me feeling hagrid. I am more comfortable tweeting than facebooking, and I'm not athletic enough to be a tumblr. I'm also an airplane nerd and a licensed, albeit non-current, pilot. I've travelled enough to know I want to travel more, I've read, cover to cover, The Bible, Koran, Book of Mormon, Science and Health, and a smattering of Eastern philosophies, and I was one of the early board members of Cerimon House. I can bake bread from scratch, grill, and cook; and I've failed, miserably, in learning at least 4 different programming languages. I write, commit photography, and am learning the ins and out of drawing and illustration. I have long straddled that shady realm between the wholly physical and utterly imaginative, and I'm working towards taking up residence in the latter. I'm an expert in all forms of philosophocating, but find it is best done with open eyes, compassion, and humor; preferably with pleasant company, snacks, and an ample supply of delicious beverages. I have also been known to make the occasional pun.
    D. Paul Angel

    John,

    What a fantastic idea! I look forward to reading all of them and participating a couple of the days, too.

    Thanks,
    Paul

  6. This year I saw signs for “Buy Local” and want to do that, but supporting the Wednesday artists will be equally supportive. Thanks for doing this.

  7. Steve Silver:

    If your books are available in bookstores on a returnable basis, Monday. If not, Tuesday. I’ll have more detailed instructions on each day.

    Lovelylikebeestings:

    These will be for things that are for sale, not general pimping, so neither would be appropriate.

    John Abramowitz:

    Details will be given on each day.

  8. I look forward to my opportunity on Wednesday to Sell Out To The Man…which would be a change, because a significant majority of my customers are women.

  9. Grey Gecko Press – Houston, TX – Grey Gecko Press is a full-service publishing company, providing all facets of publishing services to new and emerging authors, as well as experienced authors looking for a change from traditional publishing. We provide everything for the author to get their book to market, allowing them to focus on what they do best: writing.
    Jason Aydelotte

    Grey Gecko Press (www.greygeckopress.com) is in for Tuesday!

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