How to support your friends whose paperback has just come out:
A paperback release is a funny thing. It's the hardcover, 2.0. With very few exceptions, the story hasn't changed, but the writer's need for your support has amplified.
A paperback is a title's last chance to meet the world with its best face forward. Paperback releases give a book new opportunities to meet readers: paperbacks cost less, they are lighter, and thus, they are popular choices for book clubs and retailers who don't want to take a chance on costly hardcovers. This is the case with airport booksellers for example. Who wants to pay $26 for a heavy paperback that barely fits in their carry on? A $16 paperback, on the other hand...
But paperbacks need help to accomplish wonderful things. Here are a few ways you can help a #paperbackwriter to give her book a lift:
- Buy the book for a friend If you loved the book, or even remotely liked it, get a copy for a friend! Get a copy signed and give it as a housewarming gift. Surprise your favorite barista with a special word treat. Who doesn't like to get a visit from lady literature?
- Leave a positive review on Goodreads and Amazon The adage holds true here, if you don't have anything nice to stay, please stay off of the Internet. Otherwise, positive 5 star A++ reviews are welcome and much needed to keep a book in the public conversation.
- Attend author events Support your local book store and the authors they are bringing out by showing up for an event. Bonus points for this being the place that you can get that housewarming gift signed!
- Show the book off, online Times have changed, and social media can have a truly positive impact on a book's shelf life. Sharing photos of you and a book you enjoy on your various platforms gives a major boost to new and old titles alike. Your family and followers trust and admire you, so a social media pic is a lovely vote of confidence for a title you enjoy.
- Tell the author something nice! It can be challenging—or feel a little weird—to let an author know that you enjoyed their book. You might assume they know this because you like them, and if you like them, by default, you will like their book. But a writer won't know that you enjoyed their book, let alone read it, unless you tell them. So tell them something nice!
- Dabble in PR If you notice a bookstore or library isn't carrying a friend's book, let them know about it—ask them to order it! If you see a friend's book in a store but the cover isn't facing outwards, move that book to the "bestsellers" section, ASAP. Just kidding. Don't do that. That would not be right!
- Spread the good word! So many books take off thanks to word-of-mouth support alone. So if you enjoyed a book, recommend it! Tell people with book clubs that they might consider choosing this great book. Pipe up when someone asks for a book recommendation. Do you know super famous influencers who could change an author's life? Maybe send the book to them! You'll have a grateful author friend for life.
Thank you, you kind people, for everything you do to support literature and publishing! Us writers wouldn't be here without you. (Truly.) xoxo Courtney
Norfolk, CT Saturday Aug. 4th, 9-1pm Sneak-peak signing table for TOUCH's paperback release at the Norfolk Farmer's Market
Simsbury, CT Wednesday Aug. 8th, 7pm Book signing and talk for TOUCH at Simsbury Public Library
Lenox, MA Thursday Aug. 9th, 8pm Storytelling event with "Modern Loss"
Great Barrington, MA Saturday, Aug 11th, 9-1pm Signing and free writing advice in celebration of TOUCH's paperback release
Troy, NY Tuesday, Sept. 18th, 6:15pm Meeting with the Troy Book Club
Courtney is currently working on two new books. More writing than eventing at this particular moment!
The Cabins (the collaborative creative retreat that Courtney founded) is currently open for its September 2018 session. You can find out all about it here. (thecabinsretreat.com) and there is a nice article about the program in the Litchfield County Times.
- TOUCH is a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award!
- Delighted that TOUCH made The New York Times "Paperback Row!"
- A nice review of TOUCH appeared in the Hartford Courant this August.
- Courtney appeared on the Zibby Owens podcast to talk all things family and the upcoming re-release of TOUCH.
- TOUCH won the 2018 Green Book Festival in San Francisco. Cool!
- Delighted that Sam Sacks included TOUCH in his 2017 fiction round-up as a "staunchly feminist" work.
- Exciting news! Selections have been made for the third session of the collaborative creative retreat I founded called The Cabins. Learn all about our 2018 participants on The Cabins site.
- Thrilling news! TOUCH was selected by #NPR as one of the best books of 2017! It was also chosen by The Millions and Electric Literature as one of 2017's best books, too.
- I went on the Brand Hole podcast to discuss #persuasiondesign and how technology is making us become passive audiences.
- Poets & Writers magazine published a piece about my favorite podcasts.
- I joined up with my Belletrist family again to have a Facebook live chat with their October author, Samantha Hunt, whose story collection "The Dark Dark" has been one of my favorite reads this year. We talked birthing eye balls, effacement of the self, and a lot of other dark, dark stuff.
- The Greenwich Time did a really nice article about my recent visit back to my high school, Greenwich Academy, where I talked to creative writing students about what it's like to be a woman in the literary arts.
- I had a great time on the radio show "Techtonic" with Mark Hurst at WFMU discussing what the heck tech is for.
- A really interesting article on tech-bros and lady-bros and lady writers in Huffington Post looks at TOUCH, and three other big novels of this summer in "The Tech Bros Will Not Save You."
- TOUCH made O the Oprah Magazine's Editors' list as one of the 10 books you need to read before summer's end.
- TOUCH was featured in both the New York Times' T Magazine and Sunday Styles section in a piece about literary Instagram.
- Awesome ice cream social event Aug 8 7:30 with Ice Cream Books and Blue Marble Ice Cream! Info above
- Bestselling author Jane Green gave a shout-out to TOUCH in the New York Times Book Review "By the Book" section! Thank you thank you, Jane!
- Another awesome giveaway: you can win A LOT OF stuff! I've been a fan of Jane Iredale makeup for almost a decade. Putnam and Jane Iredale have partnered to giveaway $300 worth of product!
- We did a super fun #Belletrist wrap-up with producer Karah Preiss and fellow author Tim Manley live from the Facebook offices in NYC. Check it out here-- we fielded questions about the book live.
- We're running a great #giveaway with the savvy company "Beachmate" (which was founded by my friend of 20 years, Beatrice Mellick, a female entrepreneur and mother of FOUR!). All deets are on @mybeachmate Instagram. No purchase necessary to enter-- you can win signed copies of TOUCH and Beachmate bucks for you and a friend!
- In thrilling news, actress #EmmaRoberts and producer #KarahPreiss chose TOUCH for their book club, Belletrist. In the NYC Facebook offices, we did an interview about their choice.
- TOUCH received a rave review in The New York Times! It's also a New York Times Editor's choice!
- "The Happiness Project's" #GretchenRubin interviewed me about healthy (and non-healthy!) habits on her Pursuit of Happiness blog.
- Domino Mag chose TOUCH as one of 6 books you should pack on your honeymoon, and Pure Wow chose TOUCH as one of the top 6 books about NYC.
- TOUCH was mentioned in two stories about what celebrities are reading this summer: in W Magazine and Hello.
- The fashion label MM LaFleur invited me to chat about why I don't wear caftans to book events anymore, my sympathy for David Foster Wallace's emotional support bandanna, and that one belligerent self-published dude who always comes to your book signings.
- I talked with Electric Literature about why secondary dumbphones might help us curb tech addition and why #slowcommunication is poised to trend.
- My publisher, Putnam Books, is running a great sweepstakes called "Book Club for One" through June 12. You can win a copy of #TOUCHthenovel, a Diptyque candle, a Turkish towel, and more!
- Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA chose TOUCH as their June first edition book club pick! Hundreds of signed copies will be in store all month.
- In the "Breakthrough" episode of The Brandhole Podcast, Courtney talks with fellow namer Caitlin Barrett about naming, branding, and what, exactly, a Verbal Disaster Squad is.
- LitHub chose "The Cabins" as one of 5 retreats to attend this summer, and spoke with Courtney about why she founded it. They're also sharing the first chapter of TOUCH here.
- InStyle, The Miami Herald, BuzzFeed, 24 Hours Toronto, Fodors, Refinery 29, Bikini.com, O the Oprah Magazine, Bookstr, The Huffington Post, The Elite Daily, Time Magazine and The New York Post all selected TOUCH as one of the summer's best reads.
- TOUCH made the Indie Next list for June, 2017
- Going to #BEA? Enter a #self-care sweepstakes sponsored by my publisher. You'll get a copy of my book, a massage, Lyft rides, and more!
- Applications for my multidisciplinary creative retreat, #TheCabins are open now through June 1st. Find out more here.
- Publisher's Weekly chose TOUCH as one of 40 "Buzz Books" for 2017. You can download a free excerpt by clicking here! They also gave it a starred review.