Book promotion, Patry Francis and The Liar’s Diary

“For writers, few steps in the publishing process are as strange as the state of suspended animation between submitting a manuscript and seeing the book appear in store,” writes Rachel Donadio in yesterday’s New York Times Book Review.

A strange time indeed, but suspended animation? For me, for other debut writers (and, I suspect, for many established writers as well) I would rather describe it as a time of frantic activity. We  have to work very hard at making our books known, learning about the business of publishing, establishing contacts with people whose existence we had never even suspected. Thank God for the kindness of strangers.

Writer Patry Francis was supposed to promote the paperback release of her debut novel, The Liar’s Diary, when she was diagnosed with a particularly aggressive form of cancer. She speaks about it in her blog Simply Wait. Just when her energy should have been focused on the promotion of her novel, she had to undergo surgery.

Then great things happened. For one thing, Patry’s prognosis is hopeful. Also, hundreds of bloggers agreed to spread the word about Patry’s book since she was unable to do it herself.

Thanks to the efforts of many, The Liar’s Diary, which is garnering rave reviews, shot to a top spot on Amazon in the Mystery category. Let’s help keep it this way!

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