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Here, let me help you with that promotion …

“Get someone else to blow your horn and the sound will carry twice as far.” — Will Rogers

There is nothing worse – and I mean NOTHING!! – than an author who over-self-promotes!

Now I didn’t say just “self-promotes” but qualified it with “over”, because we all need to do a little bit of promoting, within reason, to get the word out about what we’ve written. Even traditionally published authors need to promote themselves, because many publishers just don’t have the financial wherewithall to deal individually with each author on their list. And you authors already know who your personal and professional contacts are, anyway, so you have a better chance of attracting attention by approaching those people personally.

But what happens when you run out of those initial contacts and begin preaching to the converted, so to speak? How do you attract new readers to yourself and your work without becoming the kind of self-promoting author we all love to hate – the one who constantly blows their own horn? Why, you seek out other people in the book business who will toot that horn for you – people like me, fer instance. I publish a promotion blog called Reading Recommendations precisely because I want to offer other authors free promotion and help them get the word out about themselves and their books.

And because I know that by doing so – by promoting my fellow authors – I also promote myself and my own work. That way I don’t run the risk of sounding off about ONLY ME AND ME ALONE. I know I am not the first author to have published and I know I won’t be the last to publish, either. Why not promote as many other authors as I can? That way I provide my audience with different reading choices when they’ve exhausted everything I’ve written – and before they become exhausted with me!

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And since I set up this blog and changed my approach to how I promote my own work – guess what? I’ve discovered that I’m finding more readers for my own published novel and novella, as well as for those other authors I promote. I’m receiving more reviews, I’m selling more copies, and I’m being invited to promote myself and my work on other blog sites.

But the best part is – I’m not pissing off my loyal family, friends, and current readers by constantly singing the same tune. I’m offering information about new authors whose work they might like to read. So I’m providing a service to readers as well as to my fellow authors – and I’m not pissing off anyone in the process.

(This “not pissing off anyone” part cannot be stressed enough! I’m sure you are, as am I, tired of authors who tweet and share endlessly about themselves and their latest, but never say a word about anything else. It all seems so desperate, don’t you think? Those who tick me off the most are the authors I’ve followed on Twitter who don’t then give me the courtesy of following me back, but instead send me a direct message telling me where I can buy their books or asking me to like their Facebook page. I unfollow them in a nanosecond! We all want to receive recognition for what we’ve written and published. But we’d be more inclined to become readers and fans ourselves, if those self-promoters just took a wee bit of interest in something other than themselves. Ya know what I’m saying??)

So I challenge all you authors reading this out there who have been guilty of over-self-promoting to change your ways! You don’t have to stop promoting yourself altogether, but figure out ways to promote your fellow authors. Or band together as a group and promote each other. This works very well if you are all writing within the same genre, but I’ve also known it to work for groups of writers who only have writing itself in common. You could begin by tweeting/sharing something about 4 other authors for every 1 tweet/share you post about yourself. That would work! Or you could set up a promotion blog like mine that is dedicated to singing the praises of everyone else in the business. When you do find blogs or sites like mine, share the information with your fellow authors. Here’s another great blog you should be aware of: Chris The Story Reading Ape (If you know of others, please add a link in the comments section.)

Read promotions about other authors on these blogs; share, tweet, like, and reblog your favourites. Discover some new authors, read and review their books, and help them to get ahead. Do all the things listed in the box up above.

I can’t promise you overnight success for your own books, but I do guarantee that – aside from the warm-fuzzies you’ll experience from having done a good deed – you will eventually reach a new group of readers, and your work will be exposed to people you never dreamed might want to read what you write.

So, please, for all our sakes, STOP THAT ENDLESS SELF-PROMOTION!!! Start discovering and promoting other authors. Believe me, your family, friends and fellow-Facebook-and-Twitter users will thank you! And you can stop feeling so desperate and enjoy your writing and publishing, once again.

Reading Recommendations – 56 Authors promoted!

On my other blog, Reading Recommendations, I have been posting promotion for my fellow authors, recommending their books to readers, and offering the authors’ suggestions on good books to read. Since Nov. 18, 2013, I have posted information about 56 Authors! Thanks to everyone participating and sharing these blog posts, the number of readers visiting this site and now following has increased by leaps and bounds. I still have many more authors scheduled to promote over the coming weeks, so please continue to check out the new blog posts I publish, discover some interesting reading suggestions, reconnect with favourite authors, and learn what they all have to tell us about themselves and their writing as well as their own reading recommendations.

So far, I have published two recaps of the first 16 authors and the next 20. Here then are the most recent 20 Authors who have been featured on Reading Recommendations!

For those who read according to an author’s nationality …

Canadian authors: Lise Guyanne Pomerleau, Barb Howard, Sagan Jeffries (Ed Lukowich), David A. Poulsen, Collin Paulson, K.L. Silver, Janice Blaine, Linda Granfield

US Authors: Ben Ditmars, Michael J. Martineck, Rebecca Heishman, Mary Cunningham, Kevin A. Ranson, Terri Reid, John W. Evans, Donna Glee Williams, Kevin Brennan, N. Jane Quackenbush

UK Authors: Andrew Peters, Carole Gill

And here is a list of genres …

Fiction:
Lise Guyanne Pomerleau (Historical)
Barb Howard (Short Story Collection)
Sagan Jeffries (Ed Lukowich) (Futuristic Science Fiction)
David A. Poulsen (Crossover Novel – Teen/Adult)
K.L. Silver (Romantic Erotica)
Janice Blaine (Short Story Collection – Fantasy)
Michael J. Martineck (Science Fiction)
Rebecca Heishman (Humor, Family Fiction)
Kevin A. Ranson (Vampire Mystery Horror Thriller)
Terri Reid (Paranormal Mystery)
Donna Glee Williams (Fantasy Novel)
Kevin Brennan (Literary, Humor)
Andrew Peters (Crime Novel)
Carole Gill (Gothic Horror and Romance)

Poetry
Ben Ditmars (Poetry Collection)

Non-Fiction:
Linda Granfield (Fact-based Picture Book for Young Readers and Adults)
John W. Evans (Memoir)

Children’s and Teens:
Linda Granfield (Fact-based Picture Book for Young Readers and Adults)
David A. Poulsen (Crossover Novel – Teen/Adult)
Collin Paulson (Young Adult Fantasy Novel)
Rebecca Heishman (Humor, Family Fiction)
Mary Cunningham (Adventure Fiction for Middle-Grade)
N. Jane Quackenbush (Children’s Picture Book)

And a list of the authors/books each featured author has recommended …
Candace Savage’s book, A Geography of Blood
Dominant Traits by Eric Freeze
Contact by Carl Sagan
The Alienist by Caleb Carr
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
Poets Vincent Moore and Baron James Ashanti
His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Bill Bryson’s One Summer: America, 1927
Vacen Taylor’s fantasy series, Star Child
Suzanne Church’s Elements
The Cynthia’s Attic Series by Mary Cunningham
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
Linda Mooney
Ann Charles
NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
The Good Son by Craig Nova
The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
The Tenth Saint by D.J. Niko
Gumshoe by Paul D Brazill
Ann Rice

If you are a published author (self or traditional, in print or eBook format) and would like to be featured on the Reading Recommendations site in 2014, please read the About Page on the site and contact me.

And if you are a Reader or an Author and have not yet subscribed to Reading Recommendations – what are you waiting for???