Self-Publishing Virtual Book Tour: The Drug Invasion of West Africa by Arthur Kobina Kennedy

Reach out to market a self-published book. Better yet, do without buying a plane ticket and getting the TSA involved. While making the rounds to summer book fair are a fun way to connect with your readers in other cities, technology has made it possible to earn fans in other cost-effective ways.

Self-publishing Outskirts Press author Arthur Kobina Kennedy is taking his book, The Drug Invasion of West Africa, on a virtual book tour so you can learn more about him and his book. Arthur will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more.

Arthur took some time out to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we could give you a sneak peek at the man behind The Drug Invasion of West Africa.

The Drug Invasion of West Africa book cover

OP: Tell us a little bit about The Drug Invasion of West Africa. What is it about?

AKK: The Drug Invasion of West Africa is about the impact of illegal drugs on West Africa and how it affects not only ordinary people but also West African governments, Western governments, the AU and the UN. These issues are explored in a fictional account that one reviewer, a former editor said was not fiction at all. As she put it, ”librarians will know where to put this book, and it will not be in the fiction category.”

OP: Why did you decide to write this book?

AKK: I decided to write to sound the alarm about this important problem. I believe this will be one of the most important problems that will confront West Africa in the next 10 years. The themes of the book and its concerns are echoed by a front-page story in the New York Times, Sunday, July 22, titled “The Drug War Shifts to Africa, Hub for Cartels” by Charlie Savage and Thom Shanker.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

AKK: African policy-makers, general African readers, Westerners interested in the drug trade and its impact on Africa, as well as Chinese interested in the history of the drug trade and China’s potential role in the fight against drugs.

OP: What is special about your book? What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

AKK: The amount of research and the ease of reading, as well of the immediacy of the characters that makes you feel, as one reviewer put it “as if they are your neighbors.”

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

AKK: Yes, I published an insider’s account of the 2008 Ghanaian election campaign titled, Chasing the Elephant into the Bush: The Politics of Complacency. I do hope to publish other books in the future.

OP: Thanks for your time, Arthur! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

The Drug Invasion of West Africa Author Kobina KennedyABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Arthur Kobina Kennedy is a Family Physician in the United States and a Senior Lecturer in Medicine at the University of Cape Coast School of Medical Sciences in Ghana. Dr. Kennedy writes frequently on social and medical issues in Ghana. He is the author of Chasing the Elephant into the Bush, an account of the 2008 elections in Ghana. He is married to Evelyn and the couple has two sons, Kwamina and Kofi.

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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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