Shining the book promotion spotlight on George Earl Parker

As director of the short film The Yellow Submarine Sandwich, included in Eric Idle’s pseudo-documentary of a band called the Rutles, George Earl Parker received accolades, awards, and a showing at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

His art has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the country, and three of his songs have climbed the European Country Music Association charts.

Vampyre Blood-Eight Pints of Trouble is his first novel. He currently lives in California where he continues working on music, and his second book.

BMB: Welcome to Book Marketing Buzz, George Earl. Can we begin by having you tell us a little about your book?

George Earl Parker: Count Dracula gives up his evil ways, joins a Goth rock band and moves to America, where he saves the life of a young lawyer, who most certainly would have perished without a transfusion of eight pints of Vampyre Blood.

BMB: What is the first thing you did to promote your book once your publisher accepted your manuscript?

George Earl Parker: Actually a couple of months before it was even accepted I contacted Dorothy Thompson at Pump Up Your Book Promotion and booked a Virtual Book Tour.

BMB: If you had to pick just one book marketing tool that you’ve used to promote your book, which would you say has been the most effective?

George Earl Parker: The Virtual Book Tour is the tool of choice.

BMB: Do you do more promoting online or offline and which do you prefer?

George Earl Parker: We are only a couple of weeks into this, but I can see that it makes absolute sense to begin online, and then graduate to offline as more marketing angles open up.

BMB: Do you use social networks such as Twitter and Facebook to promote your books and have you had any success with it?

George Earl Parker: Well I’m a singer/songwriter too, and I certainly use My Space, and Facebook, they are invaluable tools.

BMB: Do you own a blog and how often do you update it?  Did you set up your blog solely to promote your book and what is its effectiveness?

George Earl Parker: Not at present, I have another book I’m working on, and that’s quite enough thinking and writing.

BMB: Do you recommend authors getting publicists to help them promote their books?  Do you have one?

George Earl Parker: Again, Dorothy Thompson is my book guru.

(Thanks, Earl!)

BMB: If an author prefers to do it alone rather than hire a publicist, where should they  start?

George Earl Parker: I would not recommend going it alone. There’s something called strength in numbers, and it certainly applies to releasing a book these days; you have to write guest blogs, do interviews, and keep a new story coming along, it’s a lot of work.

BMB: Thank you for coming, George Earl!  We wish you much success!

George Earl Parker: It was a pleasure, thanks for having me.

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