Beth Miller is a junior agent at Writers House, where she has been worked with Robin Rue since 2007. She has the pleasure of working with a fantastic list of bestselling authors in all genres of romance, as well as YA, thriller, and mystery. In addition, she is currently building her own list, and is looking for YA, romance (chick lit and inspirational aren’t really her thing).
In her other life, Beth was a DNA sequencing technician at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island. She much prefers books to E. coli, and enjoys scuba diving and road trips in her spare time. She also has a fascination for all things Scottish (including, but not limited to, men in kilts).
Nicole Resciniti is an agent at The Seymour Agency. In addition to working with Mary Sue to negotiate clients’ domestic and foreign rights, Nicole divides her time between NJ and Naples, where she has established The Seymour Agency’s Southwest Florida Office. Prior to joining The Seymour Agency, Nicole taught in the public school system.
Nicole holds degrees in biology, psychology, and behavioral neuroscience. She is a member of AAR, RWA, ACFW, SWFRW, and MENSA, and dedicated to promoting the advancement of quality fiction and nonfiction material.
Nicole is co-writing THE SMART GUIDE TO GETTING PUBLISHED with Mary Sue Seymour. It is scheduled for release in May 2013.
For submissions, she is open to romance, inspirational fiction, mysteries/thrillers, women’s fiction, YA, MG, picture books, sci-fi/fantasy, UF and horror. No poetry, screenplays or erotica. Very select on nonfiction, and only with authors who have an established platform.
For more information, visit the website: www.theseymouragency.com.
A lifetime love of reading and a master’s in literature taught Lindsey Faber that she enjoys nothing more than reading great books—and then analyzing the heck out of them. Now she puts these skills to use as Managing Editor for Samhain Publishing, helping talented authors achieve their vision and make their books even better. She’s thrilled to be a part of Samhain, where she’s able to combine her love of great stories with her passion for technology.
Kerry holds a BA in English: Writing and Editing with a minor in Classical Studies from NC State University. She has extensive freelance editing experience, and teaches various fiction writing classes at a local college. She is an Associate Editor with Entangled Publishing. In addition to editing, Kerry writes science fiction, romantic fantasy, and paranormal romance.
Deb Werksman, Editorial Manager, acquires single title romance fiction in all subgenres, for Sourcebooks. She has been wildly successful with Jane Austen fiction as well as innovative women’s fiction (give her a fresh new premise!), international authors and historical fiction. She’s looking for a heroine the reader can relate to, a hero to fall in love with, a world created, and a “hook” that allows her to sell the book in 2-3 sentences.
With Conference season upon us, it’s on every author’s mind:
What are the best promotional items to grab readers’ attention and get my book noticed out of all the thousands out there?
I’ve seen more than one blog post and Facebook conversation on this subject, and I’m expecting a tsunami of paper items for the Goodies Room at M&M12.And then at the end of the conference, I expect to throw away quite a bit of it.Now before you get too upset (and I don’t blame you – lots of money was spent on those items), let’s think about it: What do you still have from last year’s conferences?
- Are those glossy postcards still in your bag, or did you pitch them when you got home and unpacked? (I confess, I pitched ’em.)
- Do you use the conference bags for groceries, book clubs, beach toys (like I do) …?
- Do you plan to build a scrapbook album to mount all the romance hero trading cards? (Maybe to build a big reader prize…)
Here are some ‘Duh!’ essentials, and some out-of-the-box ideas to consider to get you noticed:
Business Cards are essential. Go to your conferences prepared to give out a box of 500. On them, make sure your contact information is primary, along with your book info. A good way to reconnect face and name to a book the following week when your requested submission appears in Dream Agent’s inbox is to put your photo on your card.
Bookmarks – treat these like oversized business cards. Even in the digital publishing/ ereader age, books are still here to stay. There is no other product besides pen and paper that identifies the writing industry… unless you’re a multi millionaire prepared to hand out hundreds of ereaders.
QR Codes on your business card that links directly to your book’s page on Amazon, your blog (with links to Amazon), or your site is another easy and effective thing to put on your cards and bookmarks.
Your book, your writing, your story is your selling product. If you’re self-published, or if your contract allows you to do so, consider a Smashwords code printed on your bookmark that gives a free prequel to your story, a free vignette, or free excerpt. Entice your reader to want to buy your book by offering up some backstory or side stories, anything that will make them want to buy your book.
Another way – a bit pricier here – is to offer a loaded USB thumbdrive of your stories.
Why offer your book for free? Because my friend, exposure = reviews. The more your book is out there being discussed, the more online buzz is created for you. Be generous. It creates sales.
This isn’t a giveaway item, but an effective idea is to buy a skin for your laptop or phone that has your bookcover on it. Think about it – you’re probably carrying those two things around everywhere. An excellent cover next to your face when the phone rings in the waiting room…? Instant conversation starter.
So… what ideas can you come up with in this Digital Age of All Things Are Possible? Spill! We can make a great conversation here and on Twitter, hashtag #promoMM12.
Martin R. Biro is an Assistant Editor at Kensington Publishing Corp. A native of Northern California and a graduate of the University of Iowa, he has been with Kensington Publishing since February 2009, acquiring commercial fiction for their many diverse imprints.
Some of his projects include Alexander Campion’s Capucine Culinary Mystery series, Mollie Cox Bryan’s Cumberland Creek mystery series and Eve Marie Mont’s young adult Unbound series, beginning with A BREATH OF EYRE. He is primarily looking for women’s fiction, historical romance, mysteries, gay fiction, and young adult fiction.