Monday, November 9, 2009

Leads From Linda - To Catalog or Not to Catalog

We're excited to welcome Linda F. Radke of Five Star Publications to the Feathered Quill Book Reviews Blog Family.  Linda will be posting a weekly (every Monday) column on marketing your book.  She has some fantastic suggestions/ideas so keep reading.  (We've had a sneak peak of the next several posts and they offer some GREAT advice.  Enjoy!)

What are you doing to market your book? You might want to research “Catalogs” online and pitch your book to different folks who publish catalogs. You may be able to find a copy of “Catalog of Catalogs” at your local library, though it might be outdated. Don’t limit your pitches to catalogs that offer books. Get creative. Think outside the book. For example, a garden catalog might accept a book like www.HealingStonesandGardens.com; a catalog for kids might feature books for kids; a catalog featuring coffee products might consider a book like www.AttitudeGirl.com; a catalog that offers pet products might consider distributing www.TrueStoriesAboutSavingAnimals.com and www.AlfiesBarkMitzvah.com; a Western catalog might offer www.AFeatherintheRain.com or www.LukeandJennyBooks.com; and a catalog that features food products might consider adding www.PotluckQueen.com to their list of items. Get the picture? Don’ t wait for sales to come to you. Find new distributors – make a home for your book in the least likely place. What are you waiting for? Start pitching and share your success stories with us.


Not finding a catalog that works for your book? How about starting your own co-op catalog and featuring books of similar topics? We have been offering authors co-opportunities since 1985. It’s a great way to expand your horizons and save money in the process. Five Star recently started their own Five Star Gift Guide. We allow other authors to co-op in this catalog. Sample of this catalog can be found by visiting: http://www.fivestarpublications.com/2009Catalogwinter.pdf


Here are a few websites that feature catalogs:

http://www.catalogs.com/


http://www.cataloglink.com/


WHAT IS CATALOGLINK?CatalogLink.com is the premier catalog directory on the Internet.


We started in 1997 with only a few dozen catalogs, but we have grown to become Earth's Biggest Catalog Directory™.  Our catalogs are always being updated, and new catalogs are constantly being added. Whether you're looking to search, browse or request catalogs for free, CatalogLink.com is the catalog directory for you.


Search our 19,000+ catalogs by name
Browse catalogs by category (to the left)
Request catalogs for free (Catalogs a-z)
Search, find and request over 10,000 catalogs all at CatalogLink.com.
http://www.catalogcentral.com/
http://www.gardenlist.com/
http://www.cybercatalogs.com/Gifts/index.htm

Please be sure to visit Linda at Five Star Publications.