Guest Post & Giveaway: A Publicist*s Dream Part 2 by Amy Green of Bethany House Publishers

We finish the week with Part 2 of  "A Publicist's Dream: How to Help Authors" by Amy Green of Bethany House Publishers. Don't forget the giveaways associated with these posts!


continued from Part 1 . . .

Don’t be Entitled

Hear this in love, okay? Sometimes it can be a little hard to know how to respond to the (many) messages and emails I get asking for free books. I’d love to approve all NetGalley requests and give every blogger copies of all our books and provide a truckload to each and every retired reader in the United States. Seriously.

But since that conflicts with my goal of helping our authors have successful careers, I just can’t. I know many people understand this, and I’m never offended when someone makes a request. I just want to impress on them that my first duty is to support our authors, so I may need to say no.

Again, it’s perfectly fine to ask an author if they need an influencer and to enjoy the free books you get through blog tours. Just don’t act like you expect it, and consider showing your support of favorite authors by buying their books. (Even as gifts for others if you get free copies already.)

Buy in Bookstores

I know, online retailers are just a click away, and it’s fine to order books there. On the other hand, Amazon’s not going out of business anytime soon…but your local chain or independent Christian bookstore might. The more stores that are open, the more books get sold, the happier authors are.

Be an Advocate for Christian Fiction

Some people aren’t sure what Christian fiction actually is. (Or what it is in this century.) You can serve as the introduction. Give books as gifts. Talk up your favorites. Encourage and author with a personal message. Find out what a reader likes in general market fiction and suggest a similar Christian fiction title. Get younger readers hooked on the genre. Authors love it when you send new fans their way!

Again, thank you so much—you’d be amazed at how often stressed or discouraged writers will tell me that it was readers like you who helped pick them up again. What you do matters, and all of us in publishing are grateful.

Wishing you many good books in the future!

Do you have any other thoughts on how to be an advocate for Christian fiction?

- Amy

About Amy

Amy Green is the fiction publicist at Bethany House. Her typical day might involve planning book tours, handling media requests, interacting with reviewers, answering author questions about marketing, and other tasks designed to introduce readers to great books. Outside of work, you can find her playing board games, baking bread, and bravely weathering Minnesota winters. She blogs every Thursday at bethanyfiction.com—feel free to stop by and comment anytime!

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CONVERSATION

29 comments:

  1. Great thoughts! Sometimes I request a book from NetGalley that I'm waiting to receive via mail. I read faster electronically. I love shopping at my local bookstores!

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  2. Cherish your local bookstore as we lost our several years ago. We don't even have a used bookstore. Blessings

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  3. another great day of wonderful reminders. I love our book store near us. there is something so satisfying about holding a paper book
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  4. Sadly our Lifeway hardly ever has the newer books I want. And we only have one other bookstore. Sam's and Walmart where I live are lacking severely in Christian fiction. Amazon is about my only option to get what I want. I'm an influencer for several authors and being retired I enjoy helping them. Any books I receive whether given, won or bought I donate to my church library after I read and review them. That keeps my husband happy too, LOL.

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  5. Only 2 small books stores here hard to find books I like to read. I do buy on amazon only way to get them.

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  6. I submit requests to our library for the new Christian fiction books that are releasing. I started reviewing because our library didn't carry the new releases, but they really do consider purchase requests.

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  7. I just wish I could afford to shop local for books :( unfortunately the Kindle sales are about the only way I can buy books.

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  8. We don't have small bookstore around here anymore. We just lost Family Christian which was my go-to place. Every time I visit a city, I look for bookstores. I'm just starting to read Christian fiction and hope to see more in the YA range.

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  9. Really good tips and information. I'll try to find a local Christian bookstore to be more helpful. Unfortunately, a local chain decided to go out of business this year. Hopefully, I can find another. I also love to talk about Christian Fiction. I was so happy that I found this genre and its authors that I like to support them and do what I can.

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  10. Sadly, the only Christian bookstore we had in our area, Family Christian Stores, just closed...so disappointed as I really liked the store and like supporting local businesses. Now the only option is buying online, but so thankful that I have that option available! Thank you, Amy, for all of the enlightenling info. Sometimes you wonder is you are bothering an author by asking them a question or telling them how much you liked a book of theirs. It is great to know that that communication is a good thing.

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  11. There is a local Christian bookstore in my area, and I go to several local libraries often.

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  12. Thanks for your ideas....I wish I had a Christian bookstore...or ANY bookstore...in my town...so Amazon does get a lot of my business.

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  13. Thank you SO much for this post! I loved it! I'm always talking about my fav books and authors, and they are ALL in the Christian fiction genre. I LOVE bookstores because that is where I find my next book to love (and I get to look for the best copy and smell it;).

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  14. I am guilty :( of buying books, print and electronic, from Amazon. It's true. We don't have a Christian bookstore nearby...but I try my best to promote Christian fiction - by word of mouth, giving books as gifts, Facebook.

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  15. You have given us much to think about. Thanks for giving us all this information about how to help our favorite authors.

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  16. My favorite local bookstore closed a few years ago (and granted, I don't actually live there anymore, but it was one of my favorite places growing up. They had rabbits there, besides books of all genres). It always impressed me how even though it was a tiny store that certainly didn't carry everything, they could get a hold of just about any book I wanted and give a call the moment it came in.

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  17. Another awesome post! Thank you so much for sharing this info with us, Amy - I've loved reading all of these posts from you! It's been so fun ;).

    ~ Savannah | Scattered Scribblings

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  18. AMY, thank you for another fabulous post! I've suggested several new releases to my library. I've also given my Mom books as gifts.

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  19. I have not visited a book store in a while. We do not have many around here. Because I am such an addict I cannot allow myself to go to them or any book sales. I end up with too many books and I do not have the space for them in my house.

    Thank you for your comment about Netgalley. I understand that you cannot say yes to every request. And you wNt to makes sure people are reading and reviewing the books.

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  20. My favorite Christian book store is in the process of closing. I think too many people rely on online purchases instead of actually getting out to shop anymore!

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  21. I do like to touch and feel of going to book stores. Guess you call me old fashioned but I still prefer a print book to an e-book. Lots of reasons but the two main: ones are that I love having a library that I can pick and choose books to read and reread plus I can share them with friends as well, and second I can donate any excess or those already read a few times to those that can't afford to get them as a way to pass on good clean Christian literature.

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  22. Thank you for the great thoughts!

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  23. I'm so guilty of buying from Amazon just because it's so convenient! Love the experience of shopping in a bookstore, though, and I need to take the time to do that more. Does it hurt authors when I purchase from a used bookstore, since they don't receive the benefit of the sale? I justify it by thinking that it keeps their book relevant.
    Dianna

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    1. Hi Dianna,

      Good question! The second time a book is sold, the author/publisher doesn't make money from it. That said...there's nothing wrong with buying used books. I do it often! If there's an author you really want to support, consider buying a new book on occasion, for yourself or as a gift, but know that authors - who are also readers - are happy when their books are read, be it from Amazon or a library or a garage sale.

      Amy Green
      BHP Fiction Publicist

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  24. I'm definitely and advocate for Christian Fiction! My favorite genre.

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  25. I like to buy from Lifeway especially now that they price match Amazon.

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  26. Ask your local library to purchase Christian titles!

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  27. In the past couple of years, I have purchased more books from the local Christian book store. The only ones I buy online are those that are no longer available in stores.

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  28. I've been sharing author posts on social media for a couple years, and I thought that no one was paying attention. Then I had a friend at church tell me to keep sharing because she's actually purchased a few books from the authors that I recommended! As someone who has a limited budget for books, I was so happy to hear that I'm helping in some small way!

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