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Adventures in Book Promotion Day (kindaSorta) 2: Budgets!

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 22, 2017 by Jessica Crichton

Okay, so this isn’t the day after my last post. Remember what I said about not having a computer at home? These posts will not be daily until I do, sadly, but I will write one every day I am able!

So today I’m thinking about the budget for my big February push. I want to spend about $2500 on it altogether, and while that’s a big number for me, it’s pretty minuscule as far as promotion budgets go.  For that reason (and for the fact that my money tends to disappear without a trace whenever I get it), I have to be REALLY careful that everything I invest in will be effective in making my “Guts and Glory” trilogy a success.

That takes research.

  • I’ve already chosen my amazing artist, Jessica Douglas, for the covers. I won’t tell you the price we agreed on, but it’s definitely more than worth it!
  • I don’t know if I’ll be doing inside illustrations. I’d like to, but I’m still thinking on that one.
  • Business cards will be important, as I find myself talking about writing everywhere I go and having those babies to hand out would be gold.
  • I’m also spending some on Facebook promotion, despite the bad press it sometimes gets, because I have seen it in action when it works. (“Tipani” would have a lot fewer views on Wattpad if not for those!) I’m still researching the best way to go about that, and the amount of money to throw at it.
  • I’m also looking into promotion companies. These are the hardest to research, and will take the biggest chunk of my budget, so if you have any suggestions for those, I’d love to hear them! That will be a serious choice I really want to think about hard before I make it.

A few miscellaneous thoughts to add:

  • Can I do a boxed set? Should I? How would I go about that?
  • Can I release a limited edition hardback set? How would I go about that too?
  • Press releases and review copies: how do I do THAT as a self-published author of kidlit? Is it kosher for them to charge for these services? Who is real and who is a scammer? And which real ones will actually take self-published books?

Sooo many things to still think about that do! How do I prioritize? How do I make the most of my little budget? How do I not ROYALLY SCREW THIS UP?

*Deep, calming breaths.*

I CAN do this…

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Stuff ‘Bout Namin’ Kids

Posted in Books with tags , , , , , on February 27, 2013 by Jessica Crichton

Hey Earth Kids. It’s Books ‘gain.

So Scribber says ya don’t know how Nil Kids get our names. She tried ta tell me how ya get ’em on Earth, but then she started talkin’ bout Adults ‘gain, so I stopped listenin’ cuz I ain’t interested in stuff that ain’t real.

Anyhow, so in Nil we don’t just get our names, we earn ’em. The Sticks — that’s the little Kids — they don’t got no names cuz they don’t know who they are yet. Ya gotta figure that out ta earn your name an’ become a Stone — a big Kid.

I ‘member when I didn’t have my name yet. Gadget — that’s my big brother — he showed me everythin’ he knew back when I was a Stick, but the first thing he showed me was how ta read. We had a big ol’ library at the mall, an’ soon’s I learned ta read good ’nuff, I was in there all the time just readin’ an’ readin’. One day I was readin’ an’ I looked at my book an’ I thought, “My name’s Books!” An’ I ran ta Gadget an’ I told him an’ he looked at the book in my hand an’ he nodded an’ said, “yup! It sure is!”

So that’s how I earned my name.

See, cuz just findin’ out what your name is don’t do it. Ya gotta find a Stone ta agree that ya earned it, like Gadget agreed with my name. Then ya get ta go by your name an’ ya ain’t a Stick no more, but now you’re a Stone.

Anyhow, so that’s how we earn our names in Nil. I dunno what I’ll tell ya next. This is kinda fun! Course, I still ain’t believin’ that I’m really talkin’ ta no Earth Kids. But it’s fun ta pretend anyhow.

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