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, Kelly Lambert, who is taking her latest book, Sounds of a Coo, 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, Kelly 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 Sounds of a Coo.
OP: Tell us a little bit about Sounds of a Coo. What is it about?
KL: Sounds of a Coo is a collection of poems that I wrote inspired by a babies interpretation of their environment. Cooing is a babies first way of communicating, and I thought it would be unique and creative to give voice to those magnificent cooing sounds through adult words in expressive poems.
OP: Why did you decide to write this story?
KL: My son Samuel was 3 months old when I wrote Sounds of a Coo. When he would coo it would amaze me, and I would often wonder what he was trying to tell me. After pondering the wonderful coo; I formulated the idea of giving a voice behind these coos with adult poems. My son Samuel inspired me to try and create something unique that would put a twist on a babies coo.
OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
KL: I feel like anyone who has experienced mother or fatherhood, whether you are a new parent, grandparent, expecting parent, however your family is defined, I hope that readers can find relatable poems in the book that will bring a warm smile.
OP: What is special about your book? What differentiates it from other books in the same category?
KL: When I wrote the book six years ago,I initially thought that the publication process would have gone on course with no margin for setbacks. I was in for a very long journey with this book, almost giving up. I lost both parents in that six years and it changed so many things in my life that I lost sight of the dream of becoming a published author. However, I was able to prevail with my faith in God and my family. For me, the long journey has made me a stronger mother, writer, overall person. And when I sit down with my son and we take this book Sounds of a Coo off of his bookshelf, and read through it together, I am very grateful for the six years that it took for the book to be published.
I feel that this book is a unique and creative book from beginning to end. I wanted to give these babies in the book a voice, and even though they are adult words it creates a unique way to imagine what the babies coos would say if we could decode them.
OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?
KL: This is my first book to be published, however I do have another children’s book that is currently in the publication process and it is titled Loni Lemur Loses His Tooth, it will be coming soon!
OP: Thanks for your time, Kelly! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!
Kelly Lambert’s poetry and children’s books are inspired by the experiences she and her son Sammy share in West Virginia. With a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Studies, Ms. Lambert writes for the importance of children’s literature and the enjoyment of each new creation. Look for Loni Lemur Loses His Tooth, coming soon!
For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/soundsofacoo
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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