How Authors Can (and Should) Use Author Copies

While it’s true that ebooks are popular – and necessary in order to compete in the modern bookselling marketplace – don’t think for a moment that the good old fashioned hardcopy has gone the way of the dodo. Voracious readers are not only still grabbing up hardcopy books by the millions, but authors and marketing pros need them more than ever as well.

In addition to taking advantage of those spontaneous opportunities to sell, there are several other smart ways newly published authors can use their author copies.

  1. Signing events. Signed hardcopies still hold a great deal of value for lovers of literature. Even if the face value of the book isn’t particularly high, readers value that personal touch that comes with an author’s signature. And, let’s face it, you’re probably not going to get the green light to sign their iPads and Kindles. Organize as many bookstore signing events as you can to get that valuable “face time” with your readers and potential readers.
  2. Library inclusion. Public libraries still rely on hardcopy books for the bulk of their book lending, so getting a spot on the shelf depends on having a hardcopy for lending. That presence in a public institution is a valuable bit of visibility. Reach out to city, public school, college, university and even federal libraries by sending along a copy of your book, a press kit and a request to be included in the collection. Follow up with a phone call to answer any questions they may have.
  3. Bookstore space. Similarly, bookstores deal in hardcopy books, and your book’s appearance here is priceless. You stand the best shot at the local mom-and-pop bookstore, but anywhere you can get shelf space is a plus. Include your press kit with your book, and be sure you make the shop owner aware of your special connection to the area.
  4. Marketing. Newspaper and magazine editors, radio programmers and TV producers are bombarded daily with requests for interviews, print space and on-air time. Many of these requests get a quick glance before being accepted or rejected. The trick is to make your request hard to ignore. Rather than send an emailed link to a sample of your book – an email that can, with a quick click of the mouse, be relegated to the virtual trash bin – send a hard-to-ignore hardcopy instead. Include your press kit (highlight your connection to the community, if it’s relevant) and consider pairing your book with a themed trinket to make it stand out.

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