Monday, January 30, 2012

Book Promotions and First Impressions


It’s probably a little early to start thinking of launch parties and book swag, considering my next book’s not due to come out until 2013, but I can’t help myself.  I asked my daughter if one of her talented friends might be interested in doing some artwork for promotions when the time comes, and immediately her friend Emily H. produced this:


Isn’t it awesome? I’ve spoken to Emily and explained that I’m looking for something with a simpler design I can use as a logo on t-shirts, buttons, or stationery. But I’d love to use this drawing as well.  Can anyone think of a way to use this lovely illustration, besides displaying it on my sidebar and (obviously) framing it and hanging it proudly on my wall?

On another topic, Marcy Hatch and I will be doing our First Impressions series for February this Wednesday and Friday, but as of the writing of this post, there’s still an open spot for Monday, February 6. Is there anyone out there who’d like to share the first page of their WIP and get some feedback?  See the sidebar for details!

March will be the anniversary of Marcy and I beginning our First Impressions series, and to celebrate, we’re going to turn the tables and post the first pages of our own WIPs and let you guys do the critiquing!  That still leaves one spot open in March, for anyone who’s interested.

One month almost gone in 2012, folks. Wow!

23 comments:

  1. Wow! That's really cool! Emily is very talented.

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  2. Very exciting! The next year is going to be so much fun for you.

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  3. Wow! Emily is a fantastic artist! :)

    Maybe it can go on a blog tour with you when Caged Graves comes out? I'd love to interview you on my blog when it gets closer to your release date.

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  4. Great drawing! It's never too early to start thinking about promotion. Lol

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  5. Ooh, I like it!! So much talent. Can't wait!!

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  6. I don't know where you'd use it, but I hope you can. It's wonderful.

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  7. Wow, there's some serious talent there!

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  8. Have it put on foam board, add the book title to it and display it at book signings/readings?! It's amazing!

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  9. That's a great illustration! So excited for your books to come out. :)

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  10. Never too early and love the illustration!!

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  11. That drawing is fantastic! I so wish I could draw the things I see in my head.

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  12. Wonderful illustration! It's never to early to start thinking up swag!

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  13. That's an awesome pencil (ink?) drawing. And like Southpaw said, it's never to early to start thinking about promoting your book.

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  14. First, this young girl's artistic talent is commendable. Not sure if it would be too complicated for book marks or magnets or doing postcards. As another commentor mentioned, it would be awesome to have along with you when you do physical tours to the library or bookstores for reads.

    Getting a headstart on promotions can only work in your favor :-)

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  15. I love it! I've got a couple of artist sons I'm going to be including in mine (whether traditionally or indie, I'm going to be published--unless I die first.)

    =D

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  16. That is one talented young lady. Not sure how it'd be best to use her drawing, but you should definitely put it to good use.

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  17. Great illustration! And where did January go? Can we lobby for an extra ten days or so?

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  18. It might have to be resized, but maybe you could use that picture on bookmarks.

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  19. Emily's got talent! Surely there's someway you can use it. ??

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  20. How old is this girl? The proportions in that drawing, as well as the sense of depth is past what many adults do (I do art on the side and was very into it when I was younger). I agree that you might be able to use it for postcards.

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  21. Such an exciting time! What a fun picture!

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  22. What talent! I'm not sure where you'd use it, but it is definitely a keeper!

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  23. hi miss dianne! wow cool drawing! did you say tee shirt???? :) ha ha. i cant wait til that next book gets outta the grave yard and onto the book shelfs.
    ...hugs from lenny

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