Friday, March 23, 2007

Is Gramma Worthy of Being On Oprah?

With all the recent chatter in the back of my mind, about how I should try to get on the Oprah show. I came upon Meg La Borde Phenix’s blog about how Oprah’s show is considered “the pie in the sky media hit and that most authors are not appropriate for the show.” Phenix’s blog has a free quiz that is really thought provoking and leads this Gramma to think it is time for a reality check.

Do I really fit into Oprah’s program formula? Show business formula’s rule because it keeps viewers watching and sponsors happy. It is time to find out if I am really Oprah worthy! Not to keep you in suspense any longer, I scored an 11, which indicates that I should not put all my book-promoting eggs into Oprah’s basket! It’s Okay! There are still plenty of other ways to successfully let others know about my children’s grief recovery story, Flying Hugs and Kisses.

I cannot help but think sometimes, that mass marketing is not the answer and it is all just hype. So how can authors really know what works to successfully promote a book? This is something only our publisher’s know because they get the book orders. Now I can truthfully respond to people that I have indeed checked out the possibility. Blessings to both of you, Oprah and Meg!


Diane Dike said...

Well done as usual!
Your a wonderful person and a great writer!
I think your Oprah worthy, for sure!
I alreay wrote in and told her so. The rest is in God's hands and His timing.
Stay Strong and Courageous!
Gracie & Diane Dike, Ph.D.
Author, Speaker, Singer

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Dear Gramma Jewel;

That's what I've been saying all along! Bookstores aren't the best place to sell books and Oprah isn't the only TV show in town. Yes, I'd have loved to be on Opray. My first book was perfect. This Is the Place is a literary novel. It's about a woman. It's about a minority woman. It's about a repressed minority woman. It's about a little-known culture within the US (this time not the South!) and it met with early acclaim. Still nothing.

I can't help but imagine what the office where her readers work looks like. Think of them, overworked. Think of them young and wanting to please her and maybe not willing to take a chance on presenting her with something by an unknown. Think of the sheer numbers of books piling, up and up and up!

So, don't feel bad. The potholes I fell into promoting This Is the Place and my other books were what led me to write THE FRUGAL BOOK PROMOTER and THE FRUGAL EDITOR. And This Is the Place did win a few awards. So, Oprah or not, it hasn't died a dismal death, and is still availble to those who want what Opray should have wanted all along. (-:

Best to you,
Carolyn Howard-Johnson