Saturday, February 3, 2007

Gramma Makes Best Seller List!

When I saw the words "Best Sellers list for large print children's books" with my first book, Flying Hugs and Kisses on a Google search list the day after Christmas, I could not believe my eyes. I quickly clicked on the web link and to my amazement there it was, book cover and all on Amazon.com.

My very first book has only been out since April 2006 and on Amazon.com since June. Now, some of you are probably wondering how I did this in only six months. I do not have a lot of money to hire someone to market and promote my book. I must admit for two years I have focused mostly on the grief recovery issues of small children and how I could help them through the grief process by writing a children's book. I am only a grandmother by choice and now a best selling author for large print children's books by divine intervention!

What I can share with you is, I have followed the advise I gleaned from a couple of marketing books, one of which is called "The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't" written by a great author, Carolyn Howard-Johnson. Additionally, I have to say that I have followed the advice of my sweet supporting husband, family, friends, and the inner nudging's of the good Lord above.

To be honest with you I have NO idea how Flying Hugs and Kisses received placement on Amazon’s Best Sellers list for large print children’s books. If there is anyone who can shed some light on how Amazon ratings work, I would really appreciate it. However, I LOVE the attention I am receiving. To learn more about what else I did to promote my book visit my publisher’s featured article; “Taking the First Step: Moving your book forward,” in his January 2007 Lifevest Publi-zine .

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