That and book sales in mind, I have invested in space at a huge book convention in New York next month, and Bella T-shirts to wear while working the crowd.
The Tees were designed by the artist who penned the illustrations for the excerpts on this site, the wonderfully talented Jon Haeffner. His site: http://jonnydangero.us
Some 25,000 people will be passing through the halls of the Javits Convention Center from May 23-26 at BookExpo America: http://www.bookexpoamerica.com/.
Though the Internet has enabled authors to reach out to millions of prospective readers, it will be a welcome change to greet people face to face, to shake hands, and to let them browse through a copy of my book.
It interests me, this marriage of low and high-tech marketing – T-shirts and Twitter, talk and Tumblr, face time and Facebook.
All are essential, and all are rooted in the ancient art of storytelling, be it a novel or a quick pitch. This is what unites writer and reader, promoter and consumer.
Jon’s sketch tells a lot about the story of Bella and its main protagonist. What does it suggest to you?