I was thrilled to receive the news last week that Quincy Moves to the Desert had been chosen for online review in Publisher’s Weekly Select and a listing in the follow up print issue. Publisher’s Weekly Select is a quarterly publication that highlights self-published titles.
My first thought was for the future. This is a great way to start the countdown to Book Expo America where I will be signing the book at the Mom’s Choice Booth on Wednesday, June 6th. It is just the shot in the arm needed to keep the buzz going this summer while we await the release of the third book in the series, Quincy and Buck, for the holidays.
My next thoughts were a trip down memory lane. Quincy Finds A New Home was released in February of 2010. I had self-published but was just starting the learning curve for publishing and little did I know what was ahead. The first thing I discovered was that self-published books were definitely second class citizens. A search of review sources revealed that most did not even accept self-published books for review. Publishers Weekly fell into that category, but shortly thereafter initiated Publisher’s Weekly Select in December of 2010.
The turning point for me was learning about the Independent Book Publishers Association. The IBPA for anyone who does not know is an invaluable organization that is a must for any small independent publishing venture. IBPA not only offers a huge range of cooperative opportunities that both guide one’s marketing outreach and make it more affordable. The organization is a tireless advocate for small independent authors and publishers.
The learning curve continues to be a challenge and inspiration. At Quincy the Horse Books we are embarking on eBooks, planning both a summer camp reading tour and a blog tour and exploring many new pathways to build our social media connections.
I hope to share thoughts gleaned from these efforts on topics important to those of us who are on this journey of self-publishing in the next few months.