You’re a self-published author, now the challenge is 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, Devine Bassett, who is taking his latest book, Faithful Enemies, 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, Devine 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 Faithful Enemies.
OP: Tell us a little bit about Faithful Enemies. What is it about?
DB: Faithful Enemies is a fictional story about four military soldiers who are best friends, and have the opportunity to work for a company called M.T.P.S. (Military Tactical Protection Services), which provides protective uniforms to soldiers deployed to other countries. This protective gear is supposed to shield them from harm as they serve. When one of the soldiers finds out that the company has made an “alternative” suit for those in other countries, which varies from what is available to soldiers from the United States, he solicits one of their friends to help him kidnap the family members of the other two soldiers.
OP: Why did you decide to write this story?
DB: Three relatives, and a good friend of mine served in the military some years ago. I always feared they would either return home injured, and dreaded the thought of their not returning at all. So, the book is more about hopeful thinking, and wishful reading. I wanted to take the opportunity to write about something that would be near and dear to the hearts of ANYONE who has family members serving in the military.
OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
DB: ANYONE who has a military background, who is currently serving in the military, who is the family member of someone serving, a friend of someone serving . . . anyone who has experienced being in the military and getting injured, anyone who loves curling up on the bed at the end of a long day and reading a good novel.
OP: What is special about your book? What differentiates it from other books in the same category?
DB: I think what sets this book apart from any other book, is number one it has a book cast, which I thought would be unique. Two, unlike most other books which generally tend to be written in a third person narrative, Faithful Enemies is filled with personal, one-on-one conversations between characters, and there are many characters! It is warm and family friendly throughout, and most families will be drawn to the loyalty and dedication of the characters.
OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?
DB: Actually, although I have always wanted to write a book since I was old enough to read, this is my first published book. I have written a second book, which is completed, and I plan to publish it later in the year in order to build anticipation and allow me to get a feel for its readers, and I am currently working on a third book.
OP: Thanks for your time, Devine! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!
Faithful Enemies was published under the pen name “Devine Bassett” (after my favorite two actresses!) in order to protect the privacy of myself and my family. I have enjoyed reading novels since I was about ten years old, which stirred-up a strong desire to want to write a book of my own. I was inspired to write this book because I had three family members and a very good friend who served in the military many years ago. So, I know the fear of thinking a military loved one may not return home safely, or if they will return at all. Faithful Enemies is the first of a two part series, and a possible third, which I am currently working on. The second release is entitled Faithful Enemies (Emerge). I hope you enjoy reading Faithful Enemies, and look for Faithful Enemies (Emerge) soon.
For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/Faithfulenemies
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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