The Indie Author Radio Marketing Experiment is not what I originally called my grand experiment (I didn’t really have a title for it). I first posted Wanted: A Few Undiscovered Indie Authors. In the follow-up post, Wanted: A Few Undiscovered Indie Authors Part Two, I asked for readers (and I need more readers – see below). But this really is a radio marketing experiment. It’s been too long since I posted about this because I’ve been busy getting things set up. There are a few things to finish but the good news is the sites are up and running, and I have one radio interview scheduled and will be calling numerous stations to set up more interviews.
Indie Authors And The New Site
First, let me introduce the new site:
It’s nothing fancy but in Internet marketing terms, it is a landing page or lead capture page. The gist of this page is to capture emails so that I have a list to email in the future. In this case, I will periodically send out emails with reading lists: the first ones are focused on middle-grade and young adult novels. Future lists will have more kids books but I want to branch out into fiction for adults and more.
There will also be a site for authors to submit books. I have the url but the site itself is not set up yet… *sigh*
Indie Authors – What Happens When You Sign Up?
What happens when you sign up? I’m glad you asked. You’re given access to the GetYourKidToRead.com blog, where I have posts on kids and reading, a 30-day reading plan, and of course, a reading list. This isn’t just about selling books, it’s about sharing my love of reading, and hopefully helping future generations of kids to be better leaders, parents, teachers, and people (yes, reading is that important).
Indie Authors And My Mission
One of the things I’ve noticed is that there is a detrimental effect on kids who spend too much time on media (TV, video games, movies, the Internet) and not enough on reading, and in particular, fiction reading. Please note, I said too much time on media. Some media is fine, too much is not. Without getting into all the details now, this is my pitch for radio, and the end game is a reading lists of books that have been reviewed and rated by GetYourKidToRead.com readers :).
Indie Authors And The Books
As you know, I asked for, and received, a bunch of books for possible inclusion on the lists. I’ve had a few dedicated readers reviewing the books submitted. We are not through all the books but I do have the inaugural list. Only books with an average rating of at least 8 (out of 10) are included. Here is the Summer 2012 Reading List For Kids:
The Phantom Pilot
by Ann Swann – 9.5 rating
The Diamond Factory
by Julie Harris – 9 rating
The Emerald Quest (The Noah Winter Adventure Series)
by Renée Pawlish – 8.5 rating (yes, my book was reviewed and ranked too :))
Mystery at Ocean Drive
by Jan Hurst-Nicholson – 8.5 rating
Toonopolis: Gemini (Toonopolis Files, #1)
by Jeremy Rodden – 8 rating
Starweaver’s Retreat (Starweaver Cycle)
by Jeffery Evans – 8 rating
I want to congratulate those authors who are included here. For those who submitted books but are not on the list, hang in there. We are not finished evaluating all the books, but I will contact you with the results when I have them.
Indie Authors – Calling For More Readers!
Do you love to read? Do you read a lot? Are you reliable? Then I want you to help read and evaluate books for GetYourKidToRead.com (read Wanted: A Few Undiscovered Indie Authors Part Two for the criteria to be a reader). We have a bunch of middle-grade and young adult books to be evaluated, but I am also looking for readers who like adult fiction as well. If this is you, and you want to dedicate yourself to helping out, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indie Authors And The Future
I honestly don’t know where this is going to go from here. I hope things explode but only time will tell. I am confident my pitch is good, that I have a great topic to discuss (I’ll share more about this soon) and that parents, teachers and kids are looking for great books (they don’t care if the books are by indie authors, they just want great books).
Thanks to my readers for your hard work – you are rock stars! Thanks to all the authors who have submitted books, or just supported what I’m doing. Wish me luck as I embark on radio interviews :).