One of the fun things about having a new book come out is that you learn about new media. Recently I received this email invitation:
“Join our collection so that students and teachers can hear from you when reading your books. You don’t need to have a difficult name to participate—just a fun message to help readers get a sense of who you are.”
To hear how your favorite fellow authors give their messages their own personal touch, see the entire collection of over 1,300 name pronunciations here.
I did record my own name to be posted soon. But first I took a few minutes to listen to the recordings of some of the Hamline faculty. Did you know that one is named after a game show host and when another one leaves a phone message people sometimes think that two girls have called?
Now I invite any of you out there with books to record your name, too. Or when you truly deserve a break from writing, check these recordings out.
TeachingBooks is an online database of multimedia resources about books and authors and is used in over 26,000 schools, reaching 13+ million students – pretty cool and a wonderful resource.
Link's busted. Here's the right one:
"Busted" is such an evocative word–like it's really broken, all stove up, and it ain't ever going to work again.
Claire, this is like eating potato chips. I keep thinking, they are so short, just one more…
Thanks, Peter. I just tried to fix it – but alas. Cheryl, I hope you posted your own.
Book promotion requires all kinds of new media tricks, doesn't it? I now have a website with a blog–something I never thought I'd do. I am officially a "Goodreads Author," although I'm not quite sure what to do with that yet. I have a Facebook "fan page." This weekend I'll get to watch a film company make a book trailer for A Voice for Kanzas, which I'll eventually have to upload to YouTube. Most of my fellow 2012 debut authors (the Apocalypsies) are much younger and more tech-savvy than I. I often have to ask for the "old person" version of the directions for uploading to the group blog, etc. Wow.
Good for you, Debra. Jumping in, that's what it is all about.
Congratulations on AVFK, Debra!!! Can't wait to read it! Cheers!