Monday, May 13, 2013

Trumpets Blare!

It's here!!!!
I am so happy to share the cover of POP TRAVEL!!!
The artist did such a fabulous job. Everyone I've shown gets the futuristic, thriller vibe from it. I'm just so excited!!!

available July 7, 2013!
Now you may have seen it on some other sweet blogs - I appreciate this community so much! But I have an extra special surprise that I just got this weekend.
Drum roll.........

My book trailer! Which I won in perfect timing from Brinda Berry. It's so totally wicked!!!
Check it out!!
===>   Pop Travel book trailer   <===

And I apologize in advance for making you sick of me and my book. I have been PT crazy, thinking of promotion ideas, meeting with people, planning my launch party and future signings, etc. It's happening and I can't believe it! But to keep my friends interested in being my friends, I intend to blog about my progress and help others with my experiences - because I know so many who are here with me - and soon will be. It's very overwhelming!

Here are just a few things I've learned so far:
  • Ask and ye shall receive! When I ask questions or ask for help, people are coming out of the woodwork. Blog friends are invaluable, but my IRL friends are stepping up too! I never knew I was so connected! Even a stranger at a local radio station I asked about advertising, I was going to give up because it's so expensive, but the rep was so excited to help me anyway! It's incredible!
  • Don't be intimidated - try anything! I am asking bookstores, book fairs, libraries, etc, if they would consider me for a book signing. The worst that can happen is they say no, and after that first daunting step of opening up and talking to someone - hearing yourself say you're the author, telling them about your book - when that is out of the way, you will see it wasn't so bad and will have more courage to try again, and again.
  • Start early! And don't overdo. It didn't set in for real until I had my cover to show people and get their reactions. When you see the realization in their eyes that they are talking to a published author, that impressed approval, then it's really real. And there is so much I want to do, I feel like I should have started planning earlier... But everything is working out, I will be fine. It doesn't all have to be done before it comes out.
  • Get all the info you can! Ask friends with experience and read up on marketing. Whatever you are looking for, someone else has done it and written about it. Search and you will find it! Some of my best sources are you guys - Donna Weaver, Brinda Berry, L. Diane Wolfe, Carrie Butler, and more!
Well, that does it. There it is. Thanks for coming to have a peek at it! And I'd love to hear where you are in your writing/publishing journey!

40 comments:

Rena said...

I am so excited for POP TRAVEL!!!!

And what I love about your cover is that it has such a classic Noir feeling to it (which totally fits your book! AWESOME).

Congrats, and I can't wait for my own copy! Now all I have to decide is if I'm willing to wait for hard copy or an ebook... aw, who am I kidding, with a cover like that, it must be a hard copy!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

You know I've been waiting for your book to be published forever Tara. Congrats and that cover does give off the vibe you describe, glad you love it. Also watched the trailer and I definitely LOVED that. Commented too.

And I'm not sick of you talking about your book at all. In fact I want 'more' like the little girl in the commercial. Which is better than the other girl talking about someone turning into a werewolf.

You have learned some valuable lessons. Thanks for sharing and I can't wait for Pop Travel. When can I pre-order?

Suzanne Furness said...

Awesome cover, many congrats, Tara.

Rhonda said...

Congrats Tara! I am really excited for you. The cover is just wonderful and I can't wait to read the book.

Rhonda @Laugh-Quotes.com

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Great cover! And thanks for the tips, especially the ones about asking for help and not being intimidated. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The cover is great and I like the storyline!
You're right, you can never start too early.

Dana said...

Congrats, Tara! I love the cover, and the trailer is awesome. ☺

Happy Monday to you!

Heather M. Gardner said...

YEAH!!

It's almost here!

Tara, it's so wonderful. Enjoy every moment!

I love your cover and I can't wait to read this book!

Best of luck today and all the days to come!

Heather

Julie Flanders said...

Oh, I love the cover!! I somehow missed the release today but look forward to sharing it later this week. Awesome!!! Congratulations, Tara! :)

J M Filipowicz said...

The trailer made me want to read the book so...mission accomplished. Great cover too!

David P. King said...

Such a sweet cover, I had to show it on my blog today, too! And I love your tips! Something I get to try out when we get closer to Autumn.

Congratulations! :)

M.J. Fifield said...

Congratulations on both the cover and the trailer, Tara. They're fantastic.

I'm really looking forward to reading this book this summer!

Cherie Reich said...

Ooo, I just love this cover! It's so edgy and awesome! Congrats, Tara!!

Julie Luek said...

Tara-- sooo exciting! I bet you're just giddy seeing it all over the blog world! That cover is great too. Congratulations-- savor the high :)

Mark Means said...

That's a very cool cover and congrats!! Looking forward to hearing more of your journey into 'published author'-dom :)

Ellie Garratt said...

Oh, wow. That's a stunning cover! Would you like me to give it a shout-out on July 8th? If so, let me know. You can find my email via my blogger profile. I've still got speculative fiction writer guest spots on July 17th, 24th, and 31st, if you fancy doing a guest post or being interviewed.

Shelley Munro said...

I came over from Brinda's blog. Love the cover, video and the premise.

Angela Brown said...

Since I've been on a blogging break, I stumbled across this on FB and had to see. So glad I did. I'm very thrilled for you and hoping the very best comes of this!! WOOT!

Loving the cover.

Charity Bradford said...

Yay! The cover looks great and I love the commercial feel of the trailer.
Congratulations!

Carrie-Anne said...

I really like the cover. It reminds me a bit of an airport and at the same time a futuristic setting. It's so original in comparison to all the similar-looking covers I've seen in recent years.

Christine Rains said...

Congratulations! I'm so excited for you. It's an awesome cover, and I loved the trailer.

J. A. Bennett said...

That cover is fantastic! Congrats!!

Donna K. Weaver said...

Yeah! So can't wait to read this book.

LD Masterson said...

The cover looks great. I'm excited for you.

M Pax said...

Awesomesauce, Tara! Congrats! It really is a beautiful cover, and I'm excited to read your book. Saw the teaser at Brinda's... more awesomesauce!

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Love your cover and your trailer! Congratulations!!

Angela Cothran said...

I've been MIA lately :( So I missed your big news. How exciting!!! Tell me all about it.

mshatch said...

WooHoo!!! Very cool cover! I love it!

Allison said...

Cool cover!

Allison (Geek Banter)

Sherry Ellis said...

Congratulations! I love the cover! That's great advice about promoting your book, too!

Tara Tyler said...

thank you so much for your feedback and praise!
its hard to promote yourself! feels so selfish, but i am in heaven because of you all! thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Suzi said...

Awesome cover! Love it.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

You're doing all that work and my plan is to follow in your footsteps. Am I smart or what?

Jenny S. Morris said...

I LOVE your cover!!! It's totally what I pictured. I can't wait to read this book. ;0)

Madeleine Sara said...

HUGE CONGRATS. Your book sounds awesome!

Madeleine Sara said...

So when is it out? Apols I may have missed that information as I've been away from blogging lately.

Nicki Elson said...

Oh, Tara, that cover is wonderful! I just love how your name and the title are incorporated into the image. Very cool. And I just saw the trailer over at Brinda's - fantastic!!

I've just added July 7 to my calendar and will post for you on release day. I added your book cover to my sidebar & will go tweet this post right now --- please don't hesitate to knock on my e-mail (elson.nicki@gmail.com) for anything else at all. I'm so excited for you and can't wait to read your book!

By the way, you already sound like a pro w/ what you've learned.

Stephen Tremp said...

This is a great cover! Best wishes with everything. Great tips. And yes to asking for help. Many people will say yes, especially in the blogging world.

Mina Burrows said...

Love the title, the cover and pretty much every thing else. So excited for you!!!

Leigh Covington said...

Excellent cover TARA! Congratulations! From the little bits I know about this, I know it's awesome. Can't wait to read the whole thing! :)