Shining the Book Promotion Spotlight on Valmore Daniels

In true nomadic spirit, Valmore Daniels has lived on the coasts of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic Oceans, and dozens of points in between. An insatiable thirst for new experiences has led him to work in several fields, including legal research, elderly care, oil & gas administration, web design, government service, human resources, and retail business management. His enthusiasm for travel is only surpassed by his passion for telling tall tales.

You can visit him at his WebsiteFacebook and Twitter.

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

When I watched the Space Shuttle Columbia’s maiden voyage into space, my first thought was, How would a teenager, such as myself, get on one of those flights? Simple, hijack the shuttle! And with that kernel of a story, I began to plot Forbidden The Stars, an epic science fiction journey from the Space Age to Earth’s next era – the Interstellar Age. Along the way, I added a few more what-if’s to the novel: What if there was an undiscovered element in the asteroid belt that was the fuel for faster than light travel? What if there were tens of thousands of alien races out there just waiting for humans to evolve before making first contact?

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

The first step was to create a video trailer and upload it to YouTube and other video sharing websites. It’s a simple trailer, but so far I’ve received positive feedback on it.

You can watch it here:

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?

So far, I believe my most effective marketing tool has been guest spots, interviews and reviews on book blogger websites. This has the potential of reaching to most readers on the internet, and gives both the blogger and the author the opportunity to receive immediate feedback through the comments section of each blog.

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

Right now I’m doing 100% of my promotion online. The internet allows me the potential to reach anyone with an internet connection. Along with video sharing websites, participating in book blogger websites, I keep my own website updated, and I participate in various forums where I can interact on a daily basis with other authors and readers.

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

I have both a twitter and a Facebook page, and while it took a little time to build up a fan base, I have used both tools to make announcements, interact with readers, and follow a few fellow authors myself as a fan.

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?

I currently don’t have a blog, but I’m working on it. I hope to launch it before the end of the year.

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

Currently, I’m doing the bulk of the publicity myself, but I have hired to help coordinate a number of guest blogs, reviews, and interviews.

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

Some of the most effective marketing tools include book blogs. A writer should do research and make a list of at least a few dozen blogs for their genre and market, and politely contact the blog owners for a guest blog, spotlight, or review.

Thank you for coming, Valmore!  We wish you much success!

Thank you for having me, and just a reminder, you can visit me at the following sites: Website / Facebook / Twitter

Forbidden The Stars is available at the following retailers:

Paperback: Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon CA / Barnes & Noble

eBook: Amazon US / Amazon UK / Barnes & Noble / Kobo

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