An interview I did with LitPick just got posted:
And then, this, too:
Here is my official debut announcement. Disregard if it already found its way into your email box. (And don’t be insulted if it it didn’t. My contact list is a mess.)
Some people have asked (alright, it was just one person but it was a really good question) how to help authors spread the word about new releases. Here’s my twist:
1) Buy it
2) Read it. Then write/copy your review on the book’s page on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, GoodReads and LibraryThing. In this new wild west of publishing — where the response to art has (finally!) been democratized — the reaction of Real People is critical. Rate the reviews of other readers, too. This gets figured into some cosmic algorithm. I think.
3) Ask if your local library and/or favorite bookstore carries it — or will.
4) Tell your virtual pals about the book. Check out the website erikaraskin.net Like/Follow the author’s Facebook page. Mine is Erika Raskin, Author, for instance. Invite your loved ones. If you’re on Twitter, follow the author. Just in case you’re wondering, I now have over 100 Twitter followers who post very funny things so you’d be in great company @ErikaRaskin. (And if, you were to, I don’t know, mention me in your own tweet, please include the hashtag #closeanovel.) Likewise, appearing on the FB pages of other people is a grand-slam for new authors.
5) Recommend the novel to book clubs. And people in the grocery store.
And most importantly, please know that I’m so, so grateful for all of the support I’ve gotten — recently and over the long haul. Seriously. Thank you.