Saturday, March 19, 2011

Book Review for Spiral Ceiling

Libby Grandy's very insightful and gracious review for Spiral Ceiling has just been posted on The New Book Review ( and I'm excited.  Getting closer to the May 2 release date, and a lot of the pieces are falling into place.  I have uploaded the contents of the book on Amazon so they will be able to let people look inside the book if they want a preview, but it's not visible yet.  And I need to figure out how to get Amazon to list it in a more detailed category than biographies and memoirs (of which there are about 200,000 currently available to compete with) if I can.  I think bios of scientists or of educators would be a lot more likely to be searched for anyway.  No one can read a list of 200 thousand entries looking for something.  They're bound to narrow it down, and then my entry will be lost.
If any of you are gearing up for a book release, I highly recommend that you check into the ideas of Carolyn Howard-Johnson (I've added her site to my favorite sites along the left side).  She has a free newsletter that's great.  However her Frugal Book Promotion book on Kindle is not very expensive, and it's a mother-lode of good ideas for someone who wants to make a book more visible.  And they are free or at least frugal!  That's the best part for me, as I near retirement.


Anonymous said...

It's fun to follow the various logistics you are going through with your book, Laura. i had no idea it was so complicated! Someday, I may follow in your footsteps I hope. Cathy R

Anonymous said...

I'm going to check out Howard-Johnson's book. It sounds really helpful! I think we all need clues about book promotion because we went into writing because we are shy observers, not outgoing salespeople. But now, you must be both!

Anonymous said...

What a lot of work marketing is! I am not looking forward to that at all. I bet John Steinbeck never had to figure out how to list his book, in what categories! I wish the good old days were here again. Jim C

Laura B. said...

I'm not so sure that there ever were "good old days of publishing." I have heard that Mark Twain was self-published. I am so excited to buy your book on May 2 and read it, Laura.