Tuesday, April 11, 2006

 

Local Media

Since I self-published my first novel titled, "Forgive Us This Day," in November 2004, I've been trying to get the attention of the local media. I've faithfully courted the Capital Outlook, Tallahassee Democrat, and radio personalities to no avail. Recently, however, my latest book titled, "Dancing with Temptation," was mentioned in the Tallahassee Democrat newest book section called, Opening Lines. And I was also interviewed for an upcoming featured article on local romance writers. With that in mind, I must say that in the past, I've heard negative comments about the Democrat as far as racism and therefore, I thought that I would have a better chance of being featured in a newspaper whose primary focus is supposed to be on African-Americans. I figured that I would be greeted with open arms especially since I've been reading their paper for umpteen years. But after almost two years of trying to get their attention, I simply did something that I don't normally do (give up). Anyway, the point that I'm trying to make here is that sometimes our blessings come in the most unlikely places and from the most unexpected people. As a self-published author, I've learned that sometimes it's harder to sell books to your targeted audience than it is to the masses of people. From now on when I'm asked "Who is your target audience?" my reply will be simple, "Anyone who's looking to read a well written contemporary romance novel with spiritual overtones." After all that's what I write, and that's what I'm trying to sell to ANYONE who's interested...

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