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Next, work local media. Newspapers, radio, and signings at local bookstores. Once that's generated enough interest -- and again I assume your novel delivers goods -- you can take a shot at national coverage.
My next suggestion involves writing contests. I don't know about you, but I usually buy every book on Booker Prize Short List. Likewise, first ebook I ever read was an EPPIE winner. I don't know how many people do same, but certainly more than enough to justify effort. Some contests even offer cash prizes.
It stands to reason that some awards are more prestigious than` others. Winning "Bubba's Book Award" probably won't help sales.
Entering contests is something that you should coordinate with your publisher. Some contests don't allow author entries, and certainly you don't both want to enter same book. If there's an entry fee, be realistic about your chances of winning, and consider how many sales you must generate to pay that entry fee.
I keep a small but growing list of book contests at http://free_reads.tripod.com/bookcontests.html
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