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Grassroots Book Publicity Efforts Pay Off

Brigitte finally got invited to apply to have her memoir carried at Country Bookshelf, an award-winning independent books store in Bozeman, Mon090117-BookatCB-101_0818tana. The owner often takes up to 6 weeks to make a decision about carrying a self-published book.  In a town full of self-employed entrepreneurs, you can imagine she gets hundreds of requests every year.  Ariana got back to us in just two weeks.

When I spoke with one of the clerks there, the reason for the quick decision became apparent.  “There have been a LOT of people asking for Don’t Say Anything to Anybody,” she said.  “It’s time-consuming and not very profitable for us to special order it all the time.  I’m really glad we’ll be carrying this book now!”

This small but significant success is all because our local Bozeman fans kept stopping in and asking about DSATA.  It worked!  Yea for Author Advocates like you!  Thank you, thank you for all your effort and enthusiasm.

Let’s replicate this success in small town and indie book stores everywhere.  What’s your favorite bookstore?  Consider dropping off one of these mini flyers to encourage the store owner to carry DSATA.  Let them know they can always contact me for direct (cheaper) orders too:

Thanks again everyone!  Our next goal is to get on Country Bookshelf’s book signing schedule for our formal regional book launch this fall.  Stay tuned.

Book Reviewers Have the Power

By now I bet a few of our core fans have finished reading Don’t Say Anything to Anybody. If you have, you’ve got incredible power to grow Brigitte Yearman’s readership. Just write a 3- sentence review on our Amazon page. Right now some regional book buyers are contemplating carrying Don’t Say Anything to Anybody, and they’ll peek at those reviews to inform their decision.

1. Visit the DSATA Amazon listing.
2. Login and write your review.
3. For extra punch, first order an extra copy for a friend, THEN write your review after the book has shipped (when you purchase a copy, you can review it as a Verified Purchaser).  This is important for anyone who received the book as a Kickstarter Reward or bought it face-to-face locally.

DSATA Amazon Page

Quick Tip: We don’t want all 5-star reviews. If you’re a fan who can honestly only give us a 3 or 4, we actually really WANT your review on our Amazon listing. It lends our entire review list more credibility. An All-5 review list means one thing: Only the author’s loved ones reviewed the book. Please sign in and state your honest feedback.

Believe it or not, self-publishing is not glamorous. DSATA continues to be a labor of love that costs Brigitte and Anika weekly in both promo expenses and free labor.  But despite all the self-publishing industry odds, we believe DSATA needs to get out to a wider readership. Much wider. This story is important. Let’s start saying a LOT about “Don’t Say Anything.” Your Amazon reviews are where that word-of-mouth effort begins.

Thanks so much to all of you for going the extra mile!