Hi all--My first thriller is coming out in late Spring, early summer and I've been looking into the avenues for marketing and promotion. (Backstory--I found an agent that was excited about book, spent a year with her doing revisions/polishing, she sent to the big publishers, no bites, and it was clear no more would be done. So rather than starting the search for agents all over again, I decided to go it alone and do POD and e-books and see if I can make something happen. I created a publishing company) So we're in production right now, and I recently learned about Killer Nashville that happens in August--a book fair that's specifically for thrillers, mysteries, suspense. I'm investigating what's involved in getting an author table at conference--I don't really know what's involved cost wise yet, but I've never even been to a book conference, let alone been an author promoting a book! Very intimidated by the whole idea, though I wonder if this is the kind of stuff it's going to take to get some readers! Any experience or advice to share? I wonder if this is something I should do after it's been out for a while, or if I'm better to do it right off the bat when the book is first coming out. Thanks in advance!
There are bloggers who specialize in organizing blog tours, and some for very little money. You should try to locate a blogger who specializes in your genre, and who has no qualms about organizing a blog tour for a self-published writer. Believe me, they exist.
Killer Nashville is more than a book fair. It is a writers conference, that allows you to promote your book to the public while you are there.
Here is some more information on Killer Nashville, if you would like to contact me directly, please feel free to email or call me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (615) 599-4032.
Killer Nashville started out as an international annual conference that takes place the fourth weekend in August (this year August 22-25, 2013) for Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Crime, Horror and all the other types of writing that fall into those genres.
It has since grown to be so much more then just the mystery conference. The conference helps ALL writers, but still has an emphasis on the mystery, thriller, suspense genres. We still have the great conference every year, with at least one guest of honor (this year Anne Perry is coming all the way from Scotland!). Killer Nashville's primary goal is to assist writers of all levels improve their craft.
We offer outreach programs throughout the year. We have multiple contests, for published and unpublished work. We help connect writers to agents, editors, and publishers. Killer Nashville's founder, Clay Stafford, does daily book reviews that has a potential reach of 9,000 people. We have a weekly blog athttp://killernashville.wordpress.com.
If you would like to explore more, please check out our website at http://www.killernashville.com.
If you are interested in our Claymore Award contest (for unpublished work), please see that website at:http://www.claymoreaward.com.