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Guess whose Back?

It’s been a long time! But I am back. I’ve been busy promoting my short story collection, Street Magic: Stories and Tales. If you don’t know, Street Magic is a collection of nine short stories that I wrote while a student at the University of Baltimore. The characters are zany and authentic. Everyone who has read my book always says, “Your writing is so vivid. I could picture the stories.” I’ve been playing with the idea of creating a book trailer or adding an audiovisual component… we shall see.

My New Year’s resolution was to get back on track. I have been a few places to promote my book. I’ve been to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History luncheon held in Washington, DC on February 28th. It was my first vendor opportunity. In retrospect, I was not that prepared to play with the big boys. I brought myself and my books—no business cards, not even a poster. Needless to say, when I saw the other authors bring their A-game, I knew I had to kick it up a notch.

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Mary B. Banks at the ASLAH luncheon held during Black History Month 2015.

My book, Street Magic, on display.

Street Magic on display at the ASALH’s Authors Event held on February 28, 2015 in Washington, DC.

At the event, several people purchased my book. Me being the bibliophile that I am, I ended up spending the money buying other authors’ book. Although, I spent majority of the money on the same day, it was fun to get out of Baltimore to see other parts of the country. That is what I love about writing–it takes you on a journey. Are you ready for the literary ride?

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The Best Darn Profession!

Marketing, marketing, marketing is key to promoting and selling your book. You can have one of the best books out there, but if it isn’t marketed properly, your book will never see the light of day. Being a writer, I never realized how much of the publishing process doesn’t involve writing. Once you are published and have a book, it’s a different ballgame. I know firsthand because I’m trying to promote my debut short story collection, Street Magic: Stories and Tales (2011), and it is kicking my tail. I find myself spending countless of hours using social media such as Facebook, Twitter, blogging, and Goodreads to generate publicity…and what are the results…NADA! I know I’m being impatient, but darn, how much patience do I have to have (I know if you’re a self-published author, I know you know what I’m talking about!)? But I will be patient and keep pushing. I will keep researching potential publicity opportunities to promote my baby, Street Magic: Stories and Tales. If you too are having the marketing blues, here’s your opportunity to express yourself. Just leave a comment and let’s get through our writing woes together. Hey, maybe one day we might see our names on The New York Times bestsellers list, until then we have our journals, our tears, and our frustration to keep us going. Cheers! We are writers, the best profession in the entire world (wink).

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