JUST PUBLISHED A BOOK? THIS MIGHT HELP
Writing these things is pretty much like sending out a message in a bottle. If I’m lucky–and often I’m not–a handful of family and friends might glance at my blogs. I often feel like giving up.
Why should anyone read what I have to say here? Everyone’s busy. I get that. Heck, I don’t read most of what my friends write, so why should they read my stuff?
And why should they read my book review of a book that has already been reviewed countless times?
Honestly, the last thing the world needs is another blog by an obscure writer. But obscure writers with newly published books need blogs about them desperately.
That’s why this month–instead of my usual solipsistic musings on reading, writing, and literature–I’m going to make an offer. If you have a newly published book, I’d like to help publicize it via an interview here on Late Last Night Books. Even a not-so-newly published book will do. Or a work-in-progress.
Let me know if you’re interested by sending me a note. Most likely I’ll have questions. If I do, I’d be happy to set up an interview and then share it here in the months to come.
Of course, this offer is also a test of sorts. I want to see if anyone reads far enough into the blog even to see it.
But if you do have a book and want some help spreading the word, please let me know. However good the writing, it doesn’t mean a thing if no one knows about it. We writers, even the best of us and those with well-oiled publicity machines, need all the help we can get.
TERRA ZIPORYN is an award-winning novelist, playwright, and science writer whose numerous popular health and medical publications include The New Harvard Guide to Women’s Health, Nameless Diseases, and Alternative Medicine for Dummies. Her novels include Do Not Go Gentle, The Bliss of Solitude, and Time’s Fool, which in 2008 was awarded first prize for historical fiction by the Maryland Writers Association. Terra has participated in both the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and the Old Chatham Writers Conference and for many years was a member of Theatre Building Chicago’s Writers Workshop (New Tuners). A former associate editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), she has a PhD in the history of science and medicine from the University of Chicago and a BA in both history and biology from Yale University, where she also studied playwriting with Ted Tally. Her latest novel, Permanent Makeup, is available in paperback and as a Kindle Select Book.
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