Last week we got the inside details about debut author Amanda Havard's paranormal series starter The Survivors in this video interview. The book has elicited an amazing response from fans. Not only is it a genuinely unique story, but the Amanda came up with a four-pronged plan to help readers connect with the story through a variety of media outlets. (We promise, it’s much more interesting — and less technical — than the fancy words make it sound.)
A week or so ago, in a conversation with my publisher at BEA, I heard that over 3 million books were published in 2010. In a conversation later that day with my editor, she said that 10 years ago, that number was 44,000. Needless to say, a lot has changed, and it’s getting harder all the time to get noticed. To me, this doesn’t mean visibility is impossible. Instead, it means you have to get creative.
So when I started writing The Survivors, I thought from the ground up. When I started with the story, I worked pretty hard to think of how I could connect the reader to the experience in unique ways. We’ve done a few things that will hopefully make us stand out from the crowd, and I hope they can inspire you too. Here they are, presented to you… in the form of the weird looks and questions I get asked all the time.