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, Peter Prichard, who is taking his latest book, Dawn of Hope, on tour – a virtual book tour, that is. He will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about him and his book.
Luckily for us, Peter 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 Dawn of Hope.
OP: Tell us a little bit about Dawn of Hope. What is it about?
OP: Why did you decide to write this story?
PP: Dawn Mortenson is a 17 year old high school senior who moves to a new town and on her first day of class realizes that girls are sexually abused and bullied with impunity. She decides to fight back, puts an All-American football hero in the hospital, and ends up receiving death threats which require the hiring of a security service to protect her. During this fight a number of people land in jail or, like her, in the hospital. She leaves the hospital after 14 months a national hero. The rest of the book describes her fight against sexual abuse and the attempt by tobacco companies to get young people to start smoking, fights that get the FBI involved due to the accelerated threats on her life.
OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
PP: Women of any age; young adult guys with an open mind; and adults in general who have a world view that includes the fact that everybody should be treated with respect.
OP: What is special about your book? What differentiates it from other books in the same category?
PP: I am an experienced career counselor and leadership development consultant who has written many articles and book chapters and done hundreds of presentations on how people can reach their goals. That perspective combined with my extensive experience working with young people and adults who are fighting to make our world a better place combines maturity of perspective and experience with an understanding of young people and how they think and act. In addition I have a passionate desire to lessen the sexual abuse of young people and the effectiveness of the relentless push by tobacco companies to get young people addicted to tobacco products that will kill them.
In addition, at the end of this work of fiction there are dozens of resources that are listed for individuals who are motivated to find out more about sexual assault and the amoral tobacco industry. This is very personal for me since I know a lot of amazing young people who have been sexually assaulted while my parents both died from smoking cigarettes and the tobacco companies are now targeting my grandsons which makes me crazy.
OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?
PP: I have completed a follow-up to Dawn of Hope titled Dawn of the Tobacco Wars which will be published by Outskirts Press in 2015. Both books will be supported by a website I have created called workforthecommongood.com.
OP: Thanks for your time, Peter! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!
Peter Prichard has spent the last thirty-eight years helping thousands of individuals, from high school students to adults of all ages, reach their goals. He has written dozens of articles and several book chapters on how to do that. He began his career by providing career guidance to college students, and he has been particularly interested in assisting young adults and those who want to drive positive change in their particular organizations, their community, and the world. As an acknowledgment of those efforts, he received the Youth Advocate Award from the town in New Jersey in which he lives. The teenage female heroine of this book is a composite of the hundreds of energetic and courageous young people, social activists and teachers he has met over the years.
For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/dawnofhope
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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