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A few creative ideas to promote your print-on-demand or self-published work of fiction



Hi. I'm Anne Hart. I write almost daily, and have written each day since 1959, actually starting my daily writing first as journaling back in 1954 when I began the 7th grade at the age of 11 1/2. The writing coincided with learning in middle school to touch type. That's when the stories, articles, poems, playwriting dialogue, and other forms of writing and journaling began, usually alongside my illustrations and photography hobbies. I went to college in the 1950s and 1960s, and later to graduate school in the 1970s. (English major/creative writing emphasis.) You might like my article on what it was like (for me) going to college/university in the late 1950s-to-early-1960s at:  http://www.anne-hart-writes.blogspot.com/2014/09/why-my-college-life-was-like-back-in.html


You're welcome to join my Facebook Group: Professional, creative, and expressive writing tips: Creativity enhancement.


You might like my article, "How to promote your unknown (published) novel by throwing a party for the book's main character." It's at: http://anne-hart-writes.blogspot.com/2014/10/how-to-promote-your-unknown-novel-by.html.


Or on another note, you may wish to see, “How to throw costumed ancient-themed weddings, parties, and events,” at: http://www.anne-hart-writes.blogspot.com/2014/09/ancient-themed-weddings.html.


If you like short stories, take a look at my series of 5 short stories on my blog at: http://anne-hart-writes.blogspot.com/2014/10/http-five-multicultural-short-stories.html

Then again, if you’re looking for my stage and radio play on growing up in Coney Island in the 1940s-1950s, you may wish to see:  "Growing Up in Coney Island during and the two decades after World War Two: A Stage, Radio, or Internet Play." The play also is listed at one of my blogs at: http://annehart.booklikes.com/post/997730/growing-up-in-or-near-coney-island-during-world-war-ii-and-in-the-two-decades-after-a-play.


Enjoy. Although I'm quite elderly now, as one of the many low-income senior citizens with a window view of heavy traffic and sometimes blight as I wheel my utility cart to the supermarket a few blocks away, I do enjoy writing each day, at least something, avuncular (kind and patient) and remember to smile as a home-based person of mostly low mobility (nondriver) as I watch travel videos and listen to ambient music that is so refreshing or paint in acrylics.


You might say that I sometimes write sartorially, that is in some of my paperback novels, of people who may wear high fashion clothing or a similar style of dress and address, as contrasted with that may be the opposite, as in my suspense adventure novel, How to Start Engaging Conversations on Women's, Men's, or Family Studies with Wealthy Strangers: A Thriller, published in 2007.


Here's my author's bio:


Author, journalist, and novelist, Anne Hart was awarded a lifetime California Community Colleges Teaching Credential in 1985, and holds an M.A. degree from San Diego State University and a B.S. in English Education (writing). She has written 87 paperback books as well as booklets, plays, articles, stories, poems, and learning materials, multicultural and historical time-travel novels, including books and articles on career development, nutrition and health news research, scripts, personality research, and how-to topics as well as creativity enhancement and creative writing learning materials. Hart has been writing books and articles freelance since 1959.


Anne Hart was awarded a KFMBTV (Channel B News) Harold Keen graduate scholarship in professional writing in 1977. Winner of Mensa National Essay Writing Competition Scholarship, 1979. Scholar Incentive Award, NYU. Book editing. Book and software reviews writer. Columnist  and frequent online teacher on the subject of "The Business of Writing. "


You may wish to check out the slideshow online of 50 of Hart's 87 paperback book covers. (If I include the long out of print books, the titles come to more than 91+ books written in the past several decades). You can read more description of the book titles listed at Amazon.com (and at the publisher's site) at this date of each paperback book.


Here's a list of numerous paperback book titles written by Anne Hart:

1.   101+ Practical Ways to Raise Funds: A Step-by-Step Guide with Answers

2.    101 Ways to Find Six-Figure Medical or Popular Ghostwriting Jobs & Clients 

3.    102 Ways to Apply Career Training in Family History/Genealogy 

4.    1700 Ways to Earn Free Book Publicity

5.    30+ Brain-Exercising Creativity Coach Businesses to Open 

6.    32 Podcasting & Other Businesses to Open Showing People How to Cut Expenses 

7.    35 Video Podcasting Careers and Businesses to Start 

8.    801 Action Verbs for Communicators 

9.  A Private Eye Called Mama Africa 

10.  Ancient and Medieval Teenage Diaries

11.  Anne Joan Levine, Private Eye 

12.  Astronauts and Their Cats 

13.  Cleopatra's Daughter 

14.  Counseling Anarchists 

15.  Cover Letters, Follow-Ups, Queries and Book Proposals

16.  Writing, Financing, & Producing Documentaries

17.  Creating Family Newsletters & Time Capsules 

18.  Creative Genealogy Projects 

19.  Cutting Expenses and Getting More for Less 

20.  Cyber Snoop Nation 

21.  Diet Fads, Careers and Controversies in Nutrition Journalism 

22.  Dogs with Careers: Ten Happy-Ending Stories of Purpose and Passion 

23.  Dramatizing 17th Century Family History of Deacon Stephen Hart & Other Early New England Settlers

24.  Employment Personality Tests Decoded

25.  Ethno-Playography 

26.  Find Your Personal Adam And Eve

27.  Four Astronauts and a Kitten 

28.  How To Stop Elderly Abuse 

29.  How Two Yellow Labs Saved the Space Program 

30.  How to Interpret Family History and Ancestry DNA Test Results for Beginners 

31.  How to Interpret Your DNA Test Results For Family History & Ancestry

32.   How to Launch a Genealogy TV Business Online 

33.  How to Make Money Organizing Information 

34.  How to Make Money Selling Facts 

35.  How to Make Money Teaching Online With Your Camcorder and PC 

36.  How to Open DNA-Driven Genealogy Reporting & Interpreting Businesses 

37.  How to Open a Business Writing and Publishing Memoirs, Gift Books, or Success Stories for Clients 

38.  How to Publish in Women’s Studies, Men’s Studies, Policy Analysis, & Family History Research 

39.  How to Refresh Your Memory by Writing Salable Memoirs with Laughing Walls 

40.  How to Safely Tailor Your Food, Medicines, & Cosmetics to Your Genes 

41.  How to Start Engaging Conversations on Women's, Men's, or Family Studies with Wealthy Strangers 

42.  How to Start Personal Histories and Genealogy Journalism Businesses 

43.  How to Turn Poems, Lyrics, & Folklore into Salable Children's Books 

44.  How to Video Record Your Dog's Life Story 

45.  How to Write Plays, Monologues, or Skits from Life Stories, Social Issues, or Current Events 

46.  Infant Gender Selection & Personalized Medicine 

47.  Is Radical Liberalism or Extreme Conservatism a Character Disorder, Mental Disease, or Publicity Campaign? 

48.  Job Coach-Life Coach-Executive Coach-Letter & Resume-Writing Service 

49.  Large Print Crossword Puzzles for Memory Enhancement 

50.  Make Money With Your Camcorder and PC: 25+ Businesses 

52.  Murder in the Women's Studies Department 

54.  Nutritional Genomics - A Consumer's Guide to How Your Genes and Ancestry Respond to Food 

55.  One Day Some Schlemiel Will Marry Me, Pay the Bills, and Hug Me.

56.  Popular Health & Medical Writing for Magazines 

57.  Power Dating Games 

58.  Predictive Medicine for Rookies 

59.  Problem-Solving and Cat Tales for the Holidays 

60.  Proper Parenting in Ancient Rome 

61.  Roman Justice: SPQR 

62.  Sacramento Latina 

63.  Scrapbooking, Time Capsules, Life Story Desktop Videography & Beyond with Poser 5, CorelDRAW ® Graphics Suite 12 & Corel WordPerfect Office Suite 12 

64.  Search Your Middle Eastern and European Genealogy 

65.  Social Smarts Strategies That Earn Free Book Publicity 

66.  The Beginner's Guide to Interpreting Ethnic DNA Origins for Family History 

68.  The DNA Detectives 

69.  The Date Who Unleashed Hell 

70.  The Freelance Writer's E-Publishing Guidebook 

72.  The Writer's Bible 

73.  Tools for Mystery Writers 

74.  Tracing Your Baltic, Scandinavian, Eastern European, & Middle Eastern Ancestry Online 

76.  Verbal Intercourse 

78.  Who's Buying Which Popular Short Fiction Now, & What Are They Paying? 

79.  Why We Never Give Up Our Need for a Perfect Mother 

80.  Writer's Guide to Book Proposals 

81.  Writing 45-Minute One-Act Plays, Skits, Monologues, & Animation Scripts for Drama Workshops 

82.  Writing 7-Minute Inspirational Life Experience Vignettes 

83.  Writing What People Buy

84.  How to Start, Teach, & Franchise a Creative Genealogy Writing Class or Club: The Craft of Producing Salable Living Legacies, Celebrations of Life, Genealogy Periodicals, Family Newsletters, Time Capsules, Biographies, Fiction, Memoirs, Ethno-Plays, Skits, Monologues, Autobiographies, Events, Reunion Publications, or Gift Books


How to promote your unknown novel by throwing a party for the main character



Photo by Anne Hart. (My dog, 2002.)  You may wish to check out my suspense adventure novel, How to Start Engaging Conversations on Women's, Men's, or Family Studies with Wealthy Strangers: A Thriller. Paperback book published in 2007. At this date, it's listed at the publisher's site and at Amazon.com.


How do you promote your unknown novel? One way is by throwing a party for the main character.


You easily can promote your novel that no one is reading because you're an unknown author by throwing a birthday tea party in a public library setting for the main character in your novel or novel series. You'll need to rent (usually free) a conference-sized room in a public library, usually where lectures or meetings are held, hire a caterer to supply desserts, and perhaps someone to teach the old country or folk dancing of the era of your novel, especially if it's a historical novel or romance novel set in another century past. This works well if you've published your own fiction and nobody's promoting your work but you.

You may wish to check out the slideshow on of 50 of Hart's numerous paperback book covers.


Also, you can create a Facebook page for a national book discussion group focused on your novel(s). That gives you an idea how many followers in your city might attend a birthday tea party for the main character in your novel, stories, or series, or for you as the author, whichever draws more followers.


Pick the character who appears in many of your stories or novels, scripts, or stage plays. Then offer a healthy tea and desserts party. Add an instructor to teach the folk dancing of that era or country where you set your location in.


If your novel is set in ancient Rome, throw a toga party featuring food and a talk by an expert in the times and customs of that era, usually a local university history, anthropology, archaeology, or literature educator. Or if your novel features a science theme, have someone give a talk on the science covered by the characters in your science fiction thriller on what the future holds on that topic.


Most library conference rooms are available free as long as you don't charge admission to listen to any talk given or have a birthday party for the characters in your novel there. Keep the subject focused on the life and times or the travels of the main character in your stories, novels, or plays and scripts. This works well with historical novels set in a time and place where you can extend the promotion of your book(s) by having someone who's an expert teach folk dancing or old country dancing of the place and time in which your novel is set.


If your novel is about romance, you can have someone who's an expert give a talk on relationships similar to those experienced by the main character of your book series


All over the nation and in some other countries, you have tea parties or other celebrations and various events dedicated to the birthday of an author of novels that have withstood the test of centuries. You, too can promote your novel.

Not your birthday yet because you're still a relatively unknown author. But the characters in your novels and stories, especially if you have a series of novels featuring a particular character, such as a mystery or suspense novel character who solves problems, or a series of romance novels set in another time and place where the same character reappears in other novels or stories or even in plays or scripts.


One way to promote a novel by an unknown author is to form online groups on Facebook or other websites devoted to continuing the adventures of the characters in your stories and novels.


Each year you could throw an event/party in the conference room or auditorium of a public library or university space celebrating a character in your book or even you, the author's birthday.


For example, some libraries celebrate the birthdays of famous authors in history. One example might be the "A Sunday of Sense and Sensibility" tea parties of past years. You might promote your own novel by throwing an annual birthday tea party for the main character in your novel.


You might also consider a planning meetings for tea parties for your novels or collections of stories or poems, or include the works of other participating authors. It depends on how you prefer to promote your published books.

For example, the monthly planning meetings could be open to the public. All members would be encouraged to take part in planning and volunteering to help at the regular meetings/programs.


Or the event could take place online, such as discussion groups that discuss writing or the works of various authors, including your books. They might be online continuing discussions of novels and a book's or story's characters. For instance, also see the site, "The Republic of Pemberley: Jane Austen." Or check out the Facebook national Jane Austen discussion group, "My Jane Austen Book Club." If you're looking to play cherades at an event, for inspiration and ideas, check out the site, "Charade Ideas." Such discussion groups can be made for other authors and their works. That's one way of promoting what you write, especially if you're an unknown author who published print-on-demand or self-published fiction or other genres.


For more info: browse some my books, How Nutrigenomics Fights Childhood Type 2 Diabetes & Weight Issues (2009). Or see my books, How to Safely Tailor Your Foods, Medicines, and Cosmetics to Your Genes (2003) or How to Open DNA-driven Genealogy Reporting & Interpreting Businesses. (2007).