Sandy Hill is the author of Tangled Threads. In this interview she discusses her book along with her marketing efforts to book clubs and success with word-of-mouth marketing.
1. Tell me about your book – what is it about and what motivated you to write it?
Tangled Threads is a historical novel set in an 1890s North Carolina cotton mill village and briefly in a nursing home in Virginia in 1957. It tells the story of two lifelong enemies whose lives intertwine through the years until one woman calls the other back to the village to share a secret. It’s about forgiveness and how we want to end our lives.
2. How have your sales been?
Considering I so far have no website or blog and don’t tweet but am relying mainly on word of mouth, I’m satisfied. Slow but steady.
3. You’ve successfully sold books by reaching out to book clubs. How does one go about doing this?
First, I included book club discussion in the back and mentioned that it was good for book clubs in my Amazon tags and on my business cards. Then I asked women I know in book clubs if their club might like me to speak. Club members could read the first chapter online at Amazon for free and see my style, which reassured them about the quality of a self-published work. Slowly, word is spreading as club members mail a copy of the novel to friends in other states.