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, Sharon Bennett & Beatrice Moore, who is taking their latest book, Shoe Fetish 2 Grown Into High Heels, 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 them and their book.
Luckily for us, Sharon 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 Shoe Fetish 2 Grown Into High Heels.
OP: Tell us a little bit about Shoe Fetish 2
Grown Into High Heels. What is it about?
SB: There is definitely an immediate emotional attachment we experience when we see “the one”—that shoe (or that man) and try them on, praying for the perfect fit, and Oh, Lord Have Mercy, how we pray that it will fit! These three friends continue to find their way through life, love, and its relationships transferring all power and emotions via their shoes, which hold secrets. Some harmless and some deadly; and, though Carmen is untrusting of men and their secrets, she has a few deadly secrets of her own. Women love their shoes for varied reasons. Shoes are not only for protection, beauty, and sex; but, for the life that they can transcend you to, and the secrets that may not have been shared with another person are sometimes within the soles of the shoes.
OP: Why did you decide to write this story?
SB: We’ve written and journaled since childhood. As we have matured and experienced a multitude of life’s issues, it became a way to channel our celebrations, frustrations, and disappointments. Writing offered a healing process. Then, it dawned on us to help others heal by writing the books.
OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
SB: Our target audience is women ages 18 and up. We also hope that our storyline will transcend gender lines and resonate with anyone seeking a good read.
OP: What is special about your book? What differentiates it from other books in the same category?
SB: It’s not a flowery romance; but, it involves real issues that women of all ages face in relationships. With those challenges comes a loss of self-love, self-esteem, and self-worth as well as growth, maturity and wisdom. Their journey is to heal and regain those attributes. In the process the shoes /shoe shopping is used as a vehicle to draw analogies between the style of shoes and type of male. These analogies are used in our empowerment speaking engagements, as well.
OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?
SB: Yes, the first book is Shoe Fetish 1: A Woman’s Love for Her Shoes & Her Men. The first part of this romantic journey. We are currently working on expanding our Shoe Fetish brand with the release of an extensive workbook to accompany the Shoe Fetish book series. This workbook may be used by book clubs to facilitate meetings or by an individual reader. We are also in the development stages of The She Fetish diaries and journals as well as Shoe Fetish 3. And the possibility of a self-help book on healthy relationships is in the hopper!
OP: Thanks for your time, Sharon! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sharon Bennett is a health care professional. She has a bachelors of arts, and a bachelor’s of science degree. She currently resides in the Atlanta, GA area near her adult children & her grandchildren. Shoe Fetish 2 is her third published work. It’s part of a 3-book series. Her poem entitled “I Never Dreamed.” It was published in True Reflections, and won the Library of Poetry’s Editor’s Choice award. She’s had articles placed in several business publications. Sharon’s second work, authored independently, was THE L.E. BENNETT STORY: Living the Dream, a biography about her father’s civil rights activities, and the ministry. Life being raised in the church had its moments.
Beatrice Moore has earned both a bachelor and master’s degree and works as an independent educational consultant, specializing in the area of mathematics. She has co-authored numerous mathematics textbooks and published professional articles in various education publications. She has realized a lifelong dream of authoring fiction with the publication of Shoe Fetish. She resides in the Houston, TX, metro area with her family.
Shoe Fetish: A Woman’s Love actually was an Amazon top seller in its first release. The authors have been friends since 6th grade and Shoe Fetish: Grown Into High Heels is the sequel to Shoe Fetish: A Woman’s Love for Her Shoes & Her Men.
For more information or to contact the author, visit http://www.outskirtspress.com/shoefetish
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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