Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Fake $100 Bill: Book Promotion Ideas

As usual, this friday me and my husband went mall-strolling. We have the same routine once we enter the mall. Take the shortest route from the entrance to the frozen yoghurt kiosk. Buy a delicious, yummy, cup of yoghurt filled with chocolate syrup and toppings. And then walk to the nearest seating area to enjoy it. What we do after that is irrelevant. But this is a tradition that we haven't broken till date.

So, this friday when we found our seats at the seating area, I saw this on the table:

For a moment, I thought it was a 100 dollar bill though the shiny texture did give it away after the initial surprise. Nevertheless, I had to see why it was there.

When I took that piece of paper and turned it around, this is what I found:

With a smile, I put it back there.
I thought of how useless that note was to me yet I picked it up. Not only that. I also spent time reading the text, thought of who can benefit from this and how are they conducting their business. If you were me, you might have different questions flooding your mind but there would be some thoughts around it.
It was during those weird two minutes that the realization struck me.

Someone could grab my attention to sell their product to me through a fake 100 dollar bill even without being physically present.

How?  By placing a 100 dollar bill lookalike which was bound to grab attention. (You are not interested in an abandoned 100$ bill? Seriously?)

OK. So, why am I telling you this? Because often in our lives as writers, we forget the need to promote our books, to get readers read our books. We often think blurbs, excerpts and other text is enough to grab their attention. Really? What about those readers/potential readers who do not have the time to read the excerpt? How do you appeal to all their senses and push them towards your book?

The point I am trying to make here is: Have you ever thought what makes a reader pick up your book?  Is it the book cover? Is it the blurb? Or is it the glowing, fluorescent SALE sticker on your book?

Have you ever considered how important appearances are to your books? 

There is no argument about having great book covers but does it end right there? I would love to know what you think would grab the attention of our potential reader!


Sunday, January 8, 2012

New Year Wishes With Some Book News!

I am so glad I am finally writing this post. I have been planning this since last year! :)

First of all, a very happy new year to all of you. I wish you all the best in this new year.
2012 promises to be a very exciting year to me.

My book Always You finally releases on March 6th, 2012! I cannot wait enough for the day. The ARCs are already out and the blog tour details would be coming soon. The following 2-3 months are going to be super busy for me but I have never looked forward to so much work before. LOL.  And this is my cover page! Like it?

I also plan to be more regular with my blog. As I went through editing, beta reads and finally in to publication, I realized there is so much more I want to share with all my friends. I have had some amazing friends who have been helping me in this journey and I want to pay it forward to others. Hope it will help my writer friends in their journey to publication.

A special call out to my dear friend and author Cecilia Robert ( and author Darian Wilk ( . Both are very talented authors and have amazing stories to tell. But most importantly, they are lovely people who are always so helpful. Both have been with me at every step and I cannot thank them enough!

Last but not the least, I filled up my book shelf with more wonderful books this Christmas and cannot wait to get started. There is no treat like a good book!

See you soon!