ReadAlaska will host their 26th annual book fair on the second floor of the Anchorage Museum November 29th and 30th, 2019. As in years past, the event showcases many local Alaskan authors and publishers.
Sharon Aubrey of Relevant Publishers LLC will be there with many of our titles to help you find that special Christmas present for your hard-to-buy for friends and family. Stop by on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday from 10am-6pm and buy local!
Additionally, there is a large craft show featuring local artists on the first level of the museum. A percentage of proceeds benefit the museum.
Relevant Publishers LLC is proud to announce author JerriAnn Webb has joined our family. JerriAnn is a passionate visionary who loves life and loves people. She encourages and inspires others to discover who they are in Christ and is Founder and President of LightSpeaks, a faith-based consulting company and is co-Founder of Light Breaks Through, a non-profit dedicated to helping people encounter God. JerriAnn has degrees in English, Theology, and Marriage and Family Therapy.
She is also author of The Kingdom – A Children’s Story of Identity and Inheritance. This books was #1 on Amazon's list for Children's Bible Stories. JerriAnn has a God-given ability to speak truth with humor. She is always smiling, ever ready for an adventure. Alongside her husband Matt, JerriAnn attends and serves on the leadership team at their church. JerriAnn and Matt have two children and live in Florida.
We are excited to be part of her second book project: The King in You based on the life of King David and created to help children understand their identity in Christ and that their calling in God's Kingdom begins even when they are young.
We are so excited to receive our booth location on the Red Trail for next year's fair. At the fair you will find not only our books for sale, but many other books from Alaskan authors and publishers. Details of all the authors in the booth will be forthcoming, so plan on visiting our booth next August.
We are still accepting Alaskan authors or Alaskan themed books for the 2019 State Fair Booth in Palmer, Alaska. If you are interested in having your books available to the 300,000 participants that attend the State Fair, then see our partner webpage for more information.
Next year, Relevant Publishers LLC is hosting a new booth promoting Alaskan authors, illustrators, publishers, musicians and bands at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer. This booth was created to help Alaskans artists bring their work to the general public on a larger scale without too much of a financial burden. With approximately 300,000 participants attending the Alaska State Fairgrounds in Palmer, the AK Books & Music Booth is a great way to
Authors will have more opportunities to promote their titles with 2-hour time slots available for author/album signings. In addition to the booth in August, each author/musician will have their name and work featured on the AK Books and Music website and social media links. There will also be a Christmas newsletter sent out to Fair customers who signed up at our booth, giving even more potential opportunities for sales.
Authors who are out-of-state residents that have written books on Alaska or Alaskan topics are eligible for consideration to join the Alaska Books & Music booth in 2019.
Sign up early to reserve your Title Space.
Short stories can be a good starting point for authors uncertain which direction to take in their writing career. It can also help authors explore new genres and stretch their writing skills. Additionally, short stories in fan fiction on many popular websites can help build an audience base for marketing your future novels.
Authors can also submit their short stories to print magazine and ezines for publication (and often times small payment), which will also increase awareness of your name and writing style (another marketing bonus). Here are just a few of the many magazines accepting short stories:
If you're a new author with a really good first book, you might be wondering why your title isn't selling as many copies as you like. Well, the fact is your book is competing against hundreds of thousands of other new books. In every genre, a new book is like a single starfish in a great big ocean of competition. No matter how good your content or how awesome your illustrations, getting your book the attention it deserves is part of the struggle all authors face. Realistically, while the publisher is probably doing the best they can to market your book, no one knows your book or believes in your book with the passion you do. There are many ways authors can empower their books' success.
Amazon is the largest e-commerce book seller on the planet, with almost 90 million visitors per month. That's way you need to take advantage of the FREE page they offer to all authors. Author Central allows authors to upload photos, link their titles, provide a bio for fans to read, and even connect your blog. It's a great free marketing tool that every author should be using to connect with readers.
Goodreads is one of the leading book review websites with over 65 million registered users. That's 65 million readers looking for new books! The Goodreads Author Program is similar to the Amazon Author's Central page in that it is free for authors to sign in and create a unique page. They also allow authors to upload images, bios, and link their blogs. Again, you can never have to many free marketing opportunities to promote your books.
Tagging your books is an obvious way to promote your titles, but it's also the most commonly overlooked social media concept. Tags are essentially keywords that are used to promote your book. Think of keywords that apply to your book and insert them into the metadata on your website. Look up keywords that are trending to find if any of the top keywords apply to your book. Also when you post to social media accounts consider using hashtags that will attract visitors to your name and book titles. Ask your family and friends to promote your books using your hashtags too, and don't forget to add your tagline and website/blog site to the bottom of all your emails.
Build and keep your author webpage or blog active. While this item is usually already operating for most authors, it cannot be stated enough that authors need to be self-promoting via their own website, blog, or other social media pages where fans can connect and follow your writings. Blogs need to be relatively active, providing new material each week or month for fans to stay connected and remember your name. Blogs don't have to be entirely new material either. They can include backstory material, character details or attributes that are more elaborate than in your books, personal or fun stories from your life. Anything that can positively engage conversation should be explored. If you don't have an author page where you are actively contributing, don't expect much of a fan base to follow your books.
Connect with Customer Communities is the most obvious route to sales. Essentially, Goodreads.com is a customer community, but it's not the only community you can connect with at a low cost. Consider joining online book clubs in your genre where you can interact in discussions with readers. Connect with readers by hosting book signings or book readings locally in coffee shops, book stores, and even local markets or fairs. If you are a children's writer, consider donating some of your time to reading at local libraries where you can read to the preschool children that come in on a weekly basis to the library, or maybe arrange with the library to attend one of the older children activities or book reading competitions held each summer.