Friday, August 19, 2011

Seven Ways to Achieve Success for Your Book

1.  Write a brilliant book. Or anyway do the best you can.

2.  The week your book is released, do a blog tour. Guest post on as many blogs as will have you. (THE BRINK OF FAME came out this week. Here are the links to my blog tour.)

3.  Create a brief, interesting trailer. Don't spend a lot. Make your friends forward it to everybody they know.

4.  Get your book into the hands of a famous person, preferably the President of the United States (it worked for Walter Moseley). Make sure the photograph of your book in the president's hands is seen by as many people as possible.

5.  Make a big QR code for your book and post it in prominent places.

6.  Offer to pay some famous person whose support will lower the tone of your book a thousand dollars not to be seen reading it. If this person accepts your offer, leak the arrangement to the media.

7.  Go to the animal shelter and adopt a cute puppy. Threaten to kill the puppy if people don't buy your book.

Good luck in your publishing endeavors!

Kate Gallison


  1. Kate, I love it. You are a very funny woman!

  2. Kate, I believe I read in the NYT today that Barack Obama asked the owner of the bookstore on the Vineyard for your book and the lady showed him the front window display - filled with your new books!!! He bought one copy for each member of his Cabinet. Way to go, woman!!!
    Thelma Straw

  3. Merci. I remain modest even in the teeth of success.

  4. Kate,after reading B.O's real reading list for the Vineyard, suggest you send him your book via priority Mail!!!