So… hey. I went on book tour for Ghost Talkers in November, specifically, the week of the election. It was…difficult. Audiences were way, way down as in — places where I’d previously had standing room only were half-empty. At this point, it’s not likely to hurt me because, honestly, the book itself came out in August.
For any author, having a book come out when people aren’t buying books or when it’s difficult to self-promote because the national conversation is focused on other topics… that’s going to be hard.
A debut author though?
Oh, man… You work so hard and then your book finally, finally comes out. And it’s this month? Oh, sweetie… I’m so sorry. It’s not usually like this. Usually, you can trumpet about it, and people are super-excited for you and it feels really celebratory, and scary, but mostly filled with squee.
I know you’re feeling like your book came out, and that no one noticed. I know it feels like if you promote it, people are going to look at you funny.
So, hey– I’m looking for something new to read. Did you have a book come out in November?
Tell me about it.
(And if you’re a debut author write in all caps I AM A DEBUT AUTHOR.) (Also, congratulations!)
Edited to add: Or a short story!