Whenever someone publishes a book, the fun job of marketing begins. And I thought the hard work was in writing the thing; apparently, I have to think of ways for people to find out about it, too.
I’m talking about, of course, Waking Up in Africa, my new book about my two-week adventure with Loving One by One in Uganda. It’s available on Amazon, Apple’s iBookstore (just go to iTunes and search for “Waking Up in Africa”), and Barnes & Noble’s Nookstore. Basically, it’s available wherever fine books are sold – which is a lot better than the places where regular or even inferior books are sold. I managed to work my way in with the fine books.
So back to the marketing. I’d like your help. If you’re on Facebook, and/or have a Twitter account with actual followers, and/or have a blog, it would help me a lot if you’d post a quick blurb about the book. For my non-literary friends, a “blurb” is “a few sentences or possibly a paragraph.” Actually, beyond helping me out, you’ll be helping the work of Loving One by One as they serve thousands of people in Uganda. That’s way more impressive than just helping me out.
To help YOU out, here are a few sample “blurbs” I’ve come up with. You can use any of them word for word, or simply use them to inspire your own blurb ideas:
“Waking Up in Africa is a cool book, written by a cool author, Charley Miller. You should read it, because all the other cool people are reading it.”
“I read Waking Up in Africa, and it really made me think. But once I got past the thinking, it was a lot of fun. I highly recommend it.”
“Waking Up in Africa will make you wake up, too, right where you are. You don’t even have to go to Africa (although you could). Recommended for all sleepy people.”
“I haven’t yet read Waking Up in Africa, but I heard it’s good. I’m planning to get it and read it right away.”
“I haven’t yet read Waking Up in Africa, and I’m deeply embarrassed about that. To alleviate my embarrassment, maybe you could purchase two copies of the book – one for me and one for yourself – and then you can check up on me once in a while to make sure I’m reading it.”
These are just a few ideas to get your own blurb thoughts going. Thank you so much for your help. I’ll be watching for those blurbs, people, so let’s see what you come up with!