The Literary Marketing Education of Author G. D. Grace (6-6-2011)

When I set out on this journey back in 2009, I had no idea what I was doing.  The only thing I knew is that I wanted to write books, and that’s exactly what I did.  I currently have five full novels out in circulation right now, but I had no idea how to market myself.  So, here I am, a couple of years later still growing as a writer and researching the available avenues to market the G. D. Grace brand.

As I sit on the cusp of yet another release, “Daddy”, I am just as thirsty as I was when released my first self-published book, “Knights of Deception”.  As a self-published author I have obtained the knowledge I have now through trial and error mostly, however, I have learned a great deal from other authors I have networked with on Facebook, or interviewed on the blog talk radio show, “A Touch of Grace”, that I produce.

“A Touch of Grace” began on September 2nd, 2010 and it was a first for me.  I was introduced to the world of blog talk radio by, Robert Wesley Branch, who interviewed me back in March of 2010.  Over the summer I honed my interviewing skills participating in his blog talk radio show, and then through natural progression I stepped out on my own and started mine.

So, here I sit in a position where that next level is before me.   I started another Blog on Google entitled: Author G. D. Grace’s LIterary Blog 2, and I enrolled myself into the Google APSense program.  Currently I am educating myself on how to maximize my earning potential with it.  I’ve also registered with Linked In, another social networking forum for professionals to further broaden the Author G. D. Grace footprint.

These last couple of days I have not only been editing and adding more material to my 6th novel, I have also been investing in gaining knowledge of the marketing side of this literary business.  LULU, the self-publishing website I use has been extremely instrumental in making my dreams become a reality.  I remember tuning into the tutorials that they provided and I learned a great deal about branding.  Either you chose to brand your product (the book), or your name.  I chose the latter, branding my name, knowing that  I was going to publish many.

In order to grow, I make it a point to interact with as many like-minded individuals as I can, opening myself up to learning from them as, I hope, many are learning from me.  I also have surrounded myself with some real movers and shakers in this literary game.  I had to weed out individuals who weren’t going in the same direction as I was, not because I think I’m better than them, because that isn’t the case.  I have a thorough understanding that progressive individuals are the ones who are focused on their goals, and diligently work at perfecting this craft.  I consider myself to be one of them, therefore, the energy and encouragement shared between us elevates our efforts and spirits.

And so, as I embark on this next level in the literary world, I take with me the lessons I’ve learned from the past, and embrace the circle of professionals that I have been blessed to be associated with.  There is a short story I wrote entitled, “July’s Independence” slated to be published in magazine publisher, Tiffany Lewis‘, July 2011 edition, and the interview I participated in with magazine publisher, Cleavester Brooks, that appears in the premiere edition of his SGL BookLovers  magazine — currently in circulation.

Well, this is the eduction of Author G. D. Grace.  I’m anxious to learn the marketing side of this business and ambitious enough to drive myself in an ethical fashion towards success.

With positive vibes I push forward, and leave this particular entry with an original GD quote:

“…I am not envious of your success, I am inspired by it”

Push on, fellow authors and artists… push on.

GD

Author, G. D. Grace Literary Links:

http://stores.lulu.com/enlightenment4theheart

https://author2be.wordpress.com/

http://authorgdgrace.blogspot.com/

“A Touch of Grace” Blog Talk Radio Show:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/author2beepa

CALL IN NUMBER TO SHOW: (347) 215-6245

 

 

Author G. D. Grace reserves all rights and reproduction without written permission is not permitted.  If found, legal action will be taken against the person(s) or company(s) that have cut or pasted (Plagiarized) any portion of this written document.  Author, G. D. Grace; Published © 2011 June

About G. D. Grace of California

After the release of his fifth self-published novel, “Ripped & Ready (season 3)” GD ramped up for a new endeavor in radio, and on September 2, 2010 his first #BlogTalkRadio show premiered. His first two guest were two literary colleagues from two different sides of the tracks — one a former prison inmate-hustler, single father, turned author — the other, an accredited teacher and single father first time author. The intense on-air climate of cultural differences on the show, at one point, became thick enough to slice with a butter knife, however, it was a very successful event. Despite the clash over marketing approaches both authors remained professional and the outcome was a highly entertaining and interesting show. The seasons that followed incorporated talent from all walks of creativity, so in addition to the authors, GD’s guest lineup included poets and recovering addicts, motivational speakers and entrepreneurs, filmmakers and professionals in sports training and health, and also established artists from highly successful television shows, as well as, NAACP & Grammy Winners. Many shows gave us an inside glimpse inside the lives of legends from Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Ray Goodman & Brown, Bruce A. Hawes (extraordinary writer for the Sounds of Philadelphia), Gerald Alston of The Manhattans, The Delphonics, Howard Hewett, and Chris Jasper of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized Isley Brothers. Legends of literary Stanley Bennett Clay and James Earl Hardy also brought their distinct creative prowess to the show, as did professionals from the Broadway stage. GD’s show eventually caught the attention of World Media and through this friendship many of the legends mentioned above were tapped to be guests on the show. His friend, and often times, mentor, Wayne Barros became an influential part of the legacy that he was creating one show at time. His friendship, love, and direction helped enforce an inner-confidence in GD which allowed him to stretch his producing skills so the show would have an entertaining variety for the live listener and archive listeners. Between the two audience variations the show has been listened to by over 40,000 people. It has been successful beyond GD’s wildest dreams, and as Season 6 approaches, the adrenalin within him increases. He begins assembling the guest list next month in April 2015, and…
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