With the abundance of self-published authors, 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, Jodi Morley, who is taking her latest book, The Rape That Lasted A Lifetime, 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, Jodi 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 The Rape That Lasted A Lifetime.
OP: Tell us a little bit about The Rape That Lasted A Lifetime. What is it about?
Jodi: My book is a memoir of sorts. It describes my rape when I was in college and follows my life through the difficulty of dealing with the rape, both, physically and mentally throughout the next 20 years. It chronicles the difficulties of accessing both medical and psychiatric care in the United States. But more importantly, it is a story that others can connect with (I hope), and use to either understand what they are going through themselves or what their family or friends are experiencing after a rape.
OP: Why did you decide to write this story?
Jodi: I started writing it more as a technique for me to process my own thoughts on the rape and find some way to relieve the tension and fear brought on as I delved into the memories of the rape with my therapist. After I finished writing, some family members read it and said I should publish it as a book. I considered this for some time because I knew that once it was published, it would be out there for all to read. I was nervous and embarrassed by this thought. However, I began to consider the impact it may have on someone that has been raped and how they may find some of it therapeutic. I knew at that point that I had to publish it. If even one person can benefit from the reading of my story, then it will have been worth it.
OP: How did you get your book published?
Jodi: I contacted Outskirts Publishing to see if it would be the kind of book they might publish. It was an easy process with their guidance.
OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
Jodi: I believe that many different types of readers could possibly benefit from the reading of my book. The most obvious group of people that could benefit would be survivors of rape and their family/friends. Rape Crisis Centers may find it of value for their clients, as well as, therapists, and Behavioral Healthcare Centers. However, I also feel that it could benefit police officers, medical students, and university students that are majoring in the mental health field as they often do not understand how to interact with a survivor in an appropriate manner.
OP: What is special about your book? What differentiates it from other books in the same category?
Jodi: The Rape That Lasted A Lifetime is more raw, meaning, I share all the horrible details about the rape itself and about the years following it. However, I also decided to throw in some humor, not because it’s a funny story, but because there needed to be some breaks from the awful truth that was my life. I needed to laugh because I couldn’t process what was happening with my current life situation, much less, with what happened in the past.
OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?
Jodi: I have not published anything before but would definitely be open to writing more.
OP: Thanks for your time, Jodi! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jodi Morley is a Licensed Professional Counselor in South Texas. She has been counseling mostly children and teenagers for the past nine years. She has recently taken a break from her career to raise her beautiful 3-year-old daughter and recover from her own mental health concerns. For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/therapethatlastedalifetime
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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