I reached out to one of my favorite poets a couple days ago, hoping he'd blurb my upcoming collection. I ended up fangirling and backpedaling in the initial message, but he said he'd be happy to blurb it! I'm terrified he'll hate my book. The unfavorable opinion of someone I admire might crush me (I'm feeling a bit frazzled over my debut).
Approaching people for things isn't easy. I don't want blurbs from people who consider me a friend or know me well because I want every word written about my collection to come without a perception of bias. So, I have to cold email and cross my fingers. A writer I know told me friends are supposed to blurb each other, but...
If you're going to start a newsletter, you need a physical address where you can be contacted put in the bottom of every edition by law. You aren't allowed to use a fake address. It doesn't matter if you are selling things or just putting out some Word Search Verse. I don't have a P.O. box and don't want strangers knowing where I live. I don't have a place of business where I receive correspondence.
A friend offered their P.O. box, but I don't want to use people like that. So, unless I magically find money for a virtual address or find another solution... no newsletter. I can still post word searches here if you want them.
My publisher anticipates giving out over 100 galleys to potential reviewers. Approximately one percent of people who read a book review it. Poetry is a tricky genre to get people excited about.
I have a list of places I want to send copies of my book for a potential review. I wish I had more book bloggers or BookTok people to approach but will keep researching and using what I have. I can't afford to pay $50 or more for one review.
If you're a published author, what do you find most effective for promoting your books? How do you find reviewers? I look forward to your advice and ideas.