Shark Flight, the sequel to Cobra Flight is still in production and I am starting to think of marketing it.
With the demise of newspaper book reviewers along with newspapers themselves, and the fracturing of the media landscape, a writer has to take a much more direct role in the selling side of things.
A lot of writers really have a hard time with this. Many feel that production is somehow beneath them, something that a “trades” person should be doing, not a head in the heavens author.
That’s not how I see things at all.
The work of planning out the marketing campaign for a novel is part of the creation process as far as I am concerned. By trying to find things in the design of a book cover, an advertisement, or a video book trailer I am forced to keep the shape and events of my novel in the forefront. This is always to the good because it keeps the novel grounded in the story experience of the reader, and the listener of course because Shark Flight, like Cobra Flight, will also be an audiobook.
By examining what might appeal to a reader through the marketing campaign I am constantly reviewing and strengthening the book through the writing process.
So, in this spirit of marketing experimentation here is an early concept of what an advertisement on Amazon will look like.
I stress, that Shark Flight is not in fact available for sale yet. This advertisement is a mock-up.