I am VERY excited to tell you that I will be a member of the Class of 2k9!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
You may have heard of the Classes of 2k7 and 2k8 - two groups of debut middle grade and young adult children's book novelists who banded together to promote themselves in the past two years. They proved there is power in cooperative book marketing - I know for a fact that I became aware of many of their books by virtue of their participation in their "Class."
What are the benefits of being in the Class? Well, I'm sure I don't know all of them yet, since I'm only at the beginning of the whole process. But I have followed the other classes a bit, and I know one of the benefits is friendship - we'll all be experiencing the ups and downs of having a book published for the first time, so we'll all be able to share and learn from each other's experiences. As I've learned from hanging out on Verla Kay's website, there is nothing like being able to celebrate - and commiserate - with people who are going through the same thing you are!
Another benefit is that automatically, my message will be amplified by 29 (or by however many people are ultimately in the Class). 29 other blogs connecting to my blog; 29 other websites connecting to my website; 29 other Myspace sites connected to mine . . . and vice versa. Plus a separate Class of 2k9 Website, Blog, and MySpace Site . . . as you can see, suddenly my cyber world has just expanded by about a jillion!
Another benefit is diversity. You know how the financial advisors say to diversify your portfolio? Well, being in the Class of 2k9 has done that for me on a professional level. I'm not a librarian, but now I know one. I'm not a teacher, but one of my Classmates is. I'm not a professional web designer or PR person either - but now I'm banded together with some! And I can contribute my own experience as a former legal publisher, lawyer, and avid reader of book marketing books. Pretty cool, eh?
Plus, the whole thing is pretty dang fun to boot! What more could a first-time author want?!
Posted by Fran Cannon Slayton at 8:31 PM
Labels: book cover Class of 2k9; book marketing; cooperative marketing