You don’t have to jet off on a whirlwind tour in order to effectively market a self-published book. While large, summer book tours are, indeed, a fun way to connect with your readers in other cities, technology has made it possible to reach out to fans in other cost-effective ways.
Self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Reyna Hawk is taking her book, Looking Through Blind Eyes, on a virtual book tour so you can learn more about the book and the author. Reyna will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more.
Reyna was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Looking Through Blind Eyes.
OP: Tell us a little bit about Looking Through Blind Eyes. What is it about?
RH: The book concerns a brother and sister, Daniel and Janie Valentine. It follows them as they move from a small town in Louisiana to Los Angeles, and Daniel’s involvement with Organized Crime. As the story unfolds with its twists and turns, Janie’s life is rocked when Daniel mysteriously comes up missing. She finds herself deep into connections with the Petrilo crime family by falling in love with the “Big Boss’” assistant. However, this newfound happiness is shattered when she realizes the truth of her brother’s disappearance and that she has been placed on the Petrilo’s hit list.
OP: Why did you decide to write this story?
RH: This is something I have worked on sporadically over the last 15 or so years. Back then it was much more difficult to get a book published without an agent. With the changes in the Internet and self-publishing companies it has become easier. I have always loved writing and storytelling; I decided to take all those thoughts, put them on paper and send them out for others to enjoy.
OP: How did you get your book published?
I did a lot of research before settling with Outskirts Press. They are a self-publishing company and have really been great. I will be using them for my additional books in this series.
OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
RH: I think this will appeal to a wide variety of adults. Men will like it for the suspense and drama, whereas women will like the romantic aspect of it.
OP: What is special about your book? What differentiates it from other books in the same category?
RH: My book is special and different from others because of the variety of its genre. It’s not strictly a crime, drama, or romance novel. It touches on many real-life subjects that the readers will be able to understand and relate to. Also, the fact it appeals to a wide adult audience, not just one particular age group.
OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?
RH: This is my first publication. However, it is book one in a series of three books. I am currently working on the second book of this series, titled “The Reflection of Secrets,” which is coming soon. I also have other books in the works that are not of this series.
OP: Thanks for your time, Reyna! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!
Reyna Hawk is an up-and-coming writer of mystery and romance novels. She has an Associate of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology. The 44-year-old mother of one son and one granddaughter currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.
For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/reynahawk
This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour marketing option, which allows self-publishing authors to connect with bloggers and harness the power of the blogosphere by taking their book on the “virtual road.” Learn more about this service by visiting your Publishing Center and reviewing the available marketing options.
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