I’ve just returned from a multi-genre readercon in Calgary, Alberta, called When Words Collide. Great atmosphere, awesome panels, lots and lots of networking. And best of all, I connected with a dozen authors interested in being showcased on Nine Day Wonder.
Unfortunately, my purse had a spelunking accident in the back of a taxi on my way home yesterday, and everything was upended. I think two business cards eloped under the cabbie’s seat. So, I’m do an all-call for interviews, to capture anyone I might have missed.
In fact, now is the perfect time to line up interviews for the next four months. That pre-Christmas season is the best time to start flogging your books, music CDs, or artwork. Feel free to advertise anything backlisted, but new launches are preferred. Contact me, and we can set up a date that works best for you.
Here’s how you do it.
First, send an email to Pat at hypergraphia[at-sign]live[dot]ca. Let me know you’re interested. (Address modified to hide from the spam bots.)
In that email, let me know what you have to sell. Is it a book? Is it a music CD? An online comic book or a print graphic novel? Do you want to drum up interest in your digital vectors or your photography portfolio on Getty Images? Let me know.
Then, tell me what you want to do. I’m offering three options during this busy fall season. You pick one.
- #2PageTuesday / #OneTrackWednesday. This is probably the simplest and easiest way of introducing us to your work. Authors: send me a 500 word sample. Musicians: send me a single track of your CD (up to 5 minutes long). If I like it, I’ll ask you for some more information (namely your bio, website, a few other things), and we’ll get you on the calendar. This is a fast way for you to drum up traffic to your sales portal.
- Guest blog post. Write me an essay, op-ed piece, or email (1000 words max) on anything related to literature, artwork, music, or any culture-associated industries. I do ask that the post be family-friendly and respectful toward others. Other than that, the sky’s the limit! Want to talk about character development? Or about how free music hurts the economy? Let’s chat. And don’t worry about spelling or grammar. As long as it’s well thought out, I’ll work with you to clean up the prose. I’ll also ask for your bio, website, and a few other things, so people will know where to buy what you have to offer.
- Interview. If you’ve been here before, you’ve probably seen that I can ask some real humdingers. That’s because I spend a lot of time researching your work, your blog, and your passions, so I can craft nine unique questions that really spotlight who you are and what you have to offer. That means a good chunk of prep time on my part, but this has proven to be the most popular attraction at Nine Day Wonder, so you’re bound to get good, interactive exposure.
Once the post is published, I send out notifications via Twitter, Facebook, and soon, Google+.
All I ask is that you tell your digital tribe that you’ve been spotlighted by Nine Day Wonder. Retweet, post the blog link on Facebook, send your Grandma a text message, whatever works for you. By our audiences combined, we are a force to be reckoned with.
If you’d like, you can also like our Facebook page. This will enable you to keep tabs on the competition – er…I mean, see what your friends have been up to. Follow us on Twitter, so I can tag you once the post goes live.
Also, if you know someone who could use a boost, retweet/repost this link and send them my way. Someone helped me, I’m betting somebody helped you; now, it’s time for us to pay it forward.
For the next four months, I’m focused on authors, musicians, and visual artists, but you must have something on sale where people can buy it through an online portal. And yes: new, established, emerging, print, digital, self-published or self-produced, traditionally marketed, you’re all welcome here. As long as I like where you’re going, I’ll book time with you.
One small caveat: fall is the busiest time for publishing houses and record labels, and demand for blog tours can get high. Preference is given to those who respond to my emails quickly. If you just don’t have the time – hey, stuff happens – then we can always try early in the new year when life is co-operating again.
So: you interested? Show me what you’ve got.