As an author in this economy, you have to come up with creative ways to market a self-published book. While book tours are a great way to connect with your readers, they aren’t the most affordable method of promotion. However, technology has made it possible for an alternative.
Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Mary R. Pagano, who is taking her latest book, La Vita E’ Triste, Ma Pure Bella, on tour – a virtual book tour, that is. She will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about her and her book.
Luckily for us, Mary 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 La Vita E’ Triste, Ma Pure Bella.
OP: Tell us a little bit about La Vita E’ Triste, Ma Pure Bella. What is it about?
MRP: My book covers the life journey of an amazing Italian woman who came to America to find good fortune. In Italy, after the traumatic loss of her mother, she lived the upper class life with her wealthy grandparents. Once in America, her life changed drastically. Her journey will take the reader to one of the most interesting cities in America; Newark’s Little Italy. This city is laden with the finest Italian cuisine, attracting many famous people to patronize its restaurants. The street peddlers also provide a look back in time during Newark’s happier history. This city also produces the beginnings of the saintly Mother Cabrini, along with some fascinating churches that still exist.
Maria’s life is laced with humor and sadness. It reflects many traditions and morals of Italian ethnic families, however, I believe any ethnic group can relate to the many beliefs discussed in my book. My book reveals to readers what Disney has been saying for years: “It’s A Small World After All!”
OP: Why did you decide to write this story?
MRP: I love writing and due to my life circumstances, I had to focus on supporting my children. My passion for writing remained as a lit fire within me and now that I am retired, I want to pursue what I love doing! An old Chinese proverb says: “A man/woman who does what he/she loves for a living never works a day in his/her life!” This is happily where I am in my life right now.
OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
MRP: I believe all types of readers will be interested in my book. Everyone has a mother and she is the main character. I think young adults will find the situations that occur in my book hilarious. And finally, I believe every ethnic group will relate to the family traditions and morals.
OP: What is special about your book? What differentiates it from other books in the same category?
MRP: The world is not in good shape right now. I think my book will give readers insight, strength, perseverance and humbleness in handling
life’s winding road. Other books in my category will not be as colorful or entertaining while attempting to get some important messages about dealing with life.
OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?
MRP: I have published contemporary poetry in the past. I already have three new books started but, due to severe illness of some close family relatives, I have not focused on my writing. You can bet that upon resolution of these family situations, I will be back on track!
OP: Thanks for your time, Mary! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!
I am honored to tell you that I am Maria’s daughter, a first generation Italian
American who grew up in Newark’s Little Italy. For the last 12 years, I have
resided in Brick, New Jersey. As a widow, I’ve raised three wonderful children
alone along with two beautiful dogs and five lovely cats! Admittedly though, my
mortgage is very ugly! Although some of the times in my life were rough, I’ve always attempted to live
by my mother’s wise words: La Vita E’ Triste, Ma Pure Bella!
For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/lavitatriste
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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