When I was an unpublished author my single aim was to get a book published.
Then it happened. I sold my first book to DAW in 2013 for publication in 2014. That was Empire of Dust. There have been five subsequent books resulting in two completed trilogies. I never really intended to commit trilogy but if you read Juliet E McKenna’s blog post last week on why publishers like ‘more of the same but different’ you’ll realise why they like trilogies and series.
Now I’m published I have a different aim, and that’s to get as much publicity and promotion for my books as I possibly can because there are a lot of books out there and I’d like mine to get their fair share of attention.
I have a new book out soon.
I’ve just done the copy-edit check for my upcoming book, The Amber Crown. The copy editor has gone through it minutely to check for spelling mistakes, clunky prose, anything that doesn’t sound right and – of course – punctuation. I’ve done that myself, several times, of course, but another set of eyes and a keen brain never hurts. Also, because I’m published by DAW in the USA, my UK English prose has to be translated into American. I’m not confident enough in American English. I could easily miss something, so I prefer it to be done by an American English speaker. Americans always use way more commas than Brits, too, but I’m getting used to that now. I use more commas in my writing than I used to do, and I don’t overreact when I see all the added commas the copy editor has slung in there.
The next step in the process is checking the page proofs. This is the last time I will have the opportunity to make any alterations, but at the page proof stage they’d better be small alterations—the odd typo that’s been missed etc. That should happen in the next week or two.
The Amber Crown is out on 11th January 2022. It’s in trade paperback, the large format. I’m so looking forward to seeing it. It will come out in mass market paperback format at some future date. All my previous books have been in mass market paperback. It’s already up for pre-order on Amazon. This time DAW have world rights (unlike my other six books for which they only had North American rights). I’m hoping that means it’s available on Kindle in the wider territories.
I have now been introduced to my publicist, Stephanie Felty, and my marketing person, Jessica Plummer. Both of these good people are from PenguinRandomHouse, DAW’s mothership. I’m getting together a list of fellow writers who will take blog posts from me. I intend these should start to appear in December and continue into January. That’s a lot of blog posts, each one different.
I’ve only ever had a publicist for the previous books. If I had a marketing person, I didn’t know about her. I realised that I didn’t know the difference between publicity and marketing, but apparently the publicity person handles getting the book reviews, and the author interviews, and does a lot of her work before the book is published. i.e. she deals with earned promotion The marketing person deals with paid promotion, like media and print advertising, running Goodreads giveaways etc.
If anyone out there reading this would like to host either a blog post or an interview from me, please get in touch via my website at www.jaceybedford.co.uk. If anyone who reviews for magazines or book-sites, or hosts a book review blog, would like a review copy, please get in touch and I’ll pass your details along to Stephanie.
I think The Amber Crown is my best book yet, so I’m putting in every effort to get the word out there. Though sometimes… just sometimes… I look back to when I was an unpublished author and my single aim was to get a book published, and I think life was so simple then.
Jacey Bedford maintains this blog and occasionally writes for it, too. She writes science fiction and fantasy, and her novels are published by DAW in the USA. Her short fiction has been published on both sides of the Atlantic and has even been translated into an assortment of languages. She lives on the edge of Yorkahire’s Pennine Hills with her husband, songwriter Brian Bedford, and a long haired black German Shepherd (a dog not an actual shepherd from Germany). Her day job is being an agent and music-mum for a bunch of itinerant folk singers.