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How Authors Can Help Market Their Book

The process of getting your book published with Ooligan Press can feel both exciting and nerve wracking in equal measures. To demystify some of the process and help our authors understand what the process will look like, let’s talk about what happens after you’ve received the great news that Ooligan Press has acquired your project. So what’s next?

After your manuscript has been accepted by Ooligan, following our democratic pitch process, your first point of contact is with the two Acquisitions managers. In the following weeks after the contract negotiations have completed with the publisher, you work with the Acquisitions managers in the first stages of editing your book. At this stage, you’ll also be filling out Ooligan’s author questionnaire, which will be an incredibly useful tool when it comes to implementing the marketing strategy for your book. Depending on the scope of your project, you may do two rounds of developmental revisions before sending your completed work back to the Acquisitions managers to review.

Once the hand-off from Acquisitions is made following your revisions, your first point of contact will primarily be with your project manager (PM). Your PM has a team at their disposal to assist from the beginning stages of the production cycle, all the way to until its publication. For example, your PM will track down potential contacts that may be willing to write a blurb or a review of your book. At this stage, it’s very helpful to share any ideas that you may have with regards to said contacts, such as other writer friends or people with a social media presence. Additionally, you’re free to share with your PM your ideas about the marketing strategy for your book. If that sounds scary, fear not, and read on!

So, how do you become your own book’s best advocate? While your PM and book team are here to help you, it definitely doesn’t hurt to be present in your book’s marketing strategy. And while it helps to have a platform established for you to utilize, it’s perfectly alright if you don’t. What if you aren’t comfortable with social media? Like anything else, flexing your social media skills takes practice, and it’s a skill that can help you in the long run. To get some ideas, do some light research on some of your favorite books and see what their marketing copy looks like. What about their authors? What do their social media profiles look like? Start small and work your way up to feeling comfortable posting. Aim to have a balance between posts related to your book and everything else.

As Ooligan gears up to prepare your book for publication, so should you be gearing up on social media to get the word out about your book. Make sure to engage your audience in any way you can, whether it’s by striking up a conversation or posting about interesting topics that relate to your book.

Another great tip is to look to your immediate community. You don’t want to just be shouting in an oversaturated market. Your local community is a great place to find people to support you. One way is to look into local writer groups or other community groups specific to your area. If you’ve got a book about great hiking spots around Portland, for example, you’d search out relevant groups that could represent your target audience. It’s good to brainstorm at this point, and if you get stuck, your PM is a good resource for coming up with some ideas of who to reach out to.

You can also shout out other authors. For instance, you can promote other authors, who in turn will show appreciation for your buzz by promoting your book right back. That way, you’re also building a network of other authors who can help you get connected to other bookish people, or people who would be interested in your book that might not otherwise hear about it.

Lastly, make sure you are genuine. Insincerity can be sniffed out from a mile away, and you know your book better than anyone. Don’t doubt your own expertise and get out there! Don’t forget to have fun along the way, too. Publishing a book is an exciting process, and you almost have your book in your hands!

Seven Summer Vacation Activities Inspired by Ooligan Press Characters

Memorial Day weekend just happened, which means one thing: summer is here! Soon enough, school will be out of session and summer vacation will be in full swing. But . . . what to do? Ooligan Press is dedicated to publishing amazing books that focus on the Pacific Northwest. Our history is interesting, our landscapes and natural areas are breathtaking, and the opportunities to take advantage of these things for summer fun are innumerable.

Emma in Eliot Treichel’s A Series of Small Maneuvers and Jesse, Wade, and Lorna in Robin Cody’s Ricochet River are a few teenage protagonists who know how to take full advantage of good weather, no school, and the plethora of outdoor activities available to them in the Pacific Northwest. River rafting, horseback riding, fishing—you name it; they’ve done it. Use this list based on their favorite activities to take yourself and your family on unforgettable summer trips!

  1. River Mill Lake is the real-life inspiration for the man-made lake in Ricochet River where Jesse, Wade, and Lorna see spawning salmon. Kayak or canoe in this beautiful gorge or go to nearby Milo McIver State Park for more Clackamas River activities.
  2. Emma and her father go camping in the evergreen-strewn wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. This article from Sunset magazine lists the forty best campgrounds in the Northwest, providing plenty of inspiration for your own camping trips this summer!
  3. Emma and her dad are also serious hikers, but with this list, you can take hikes ranging from easy to difficult in the Columbia River Gorge. See waterfalls, beautiful views, wildlife, flora, and all the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
  4. Wade, Jesse, and Lorna are true river rats and spend much of their time in canoes and rafts. However, if you’re not as experienced as them, take a look at these family friendly canoeing trips. And for something a little more adventurous, kayaking in the San Juan Islands is not to be missed.
  5. Readers of Ricochet River will no doubt remember that Jesse, Wade, and Lorna share a dream of floating down the river, letting it take them wherever it will. Live out that dream with your friends this summer at the Big Float event in Portland on July 15, where you can grab an inner tube and float down the Willamette in style!
  6. Jesse and Wade enjoy fishing with Wade’s grandfather, Link. Keep an eye on this page to see upcoming family friendly fishing events, and check out the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s “50 Places to Go Fishing within 60 Minutes of Portland.”
  7. Emma has a strong connection with her horse and enjoys trail riding. This link offers examples of horseback riding in the greater Portland area, so get out of the city and get riding!

We hope that you take a page out of these Ooligan Press characters’ books and enjoy summer in the Pacific Northwest to the fullest this year. Happy trails!