Kenneth Weene works through a small publishing house through which he and other authors do their own marketing. Learn more about that, Kenneth’s book trailers, and his advice on how to properly use social media in your marketing efforts.
1. Pretend for a moment I’m a reader looking for my next book. Pitch me one of your books in five to ten sentences.
Set in a small bar in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Tales From the Dew Drop Inne tells the collective bittersweet stories of the people who make the place their home – people who have not fallen off the social ladder but who are hanging on desperately at the bottom. These integrated stories of men and women, who may not be successes but who still are so very human, offer laughter, pathos, and a sense of camaraderie.
2. Have you been traditionally published? Why or why not?
My books are halfway between traditional and indie publishing. All Things That Matter Press is a small house so we, the authors, have to do the marketing ourselves. But as a publisher they offer cover design and editing as part of the contractual deal. They take no money but make their profit from our sales. Would I prefer to move to a “larger” house, one that could provide more marketing service? Sure. But I do appreciate the sense of family that we have created. The owners of All Things have been very supportive, and many of the authors work together and are wonderfully supportive.
I must admit that I would never want to self-publish or go with one of those “indie publishers” that sell their services. That would feel like I was their mark rather than their valued writer.