Shining the Book Promotion Spotlight on Suspense Thriller Author C.Y. Bourgeois

C.Y. Bourgeois is a freshman author and an avid reader. After having spent countless enjoyable hours over the years reading other people’s narratives, she realized that she too has stories to tell.

C.Y. considers herself a native of Alaska, having lived there since the age of two.  She and her husband recently moved to northern Idaho where they now reside with their two dogs and three cats and where she is currently working on her second Shelby Leight novel, Visions of Mortality.

Her latest book is a suspense thriller (bordering on YA) called Visions of You.

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

Visions of You is a thriller set in Palmer Alaska in 1975.  It’s about a group of teenagers who lose a friend to a serial killer and become actively involved in trying to stop him.  One of the main characters, Shelby is stunned to discover she has the ability to communicate with her dead friend.  She also meets and falls in love with a young man, Paul, who has inherited a strange affliction from his mother.  She has to deal with that on top of coming to grips with her own, frightening, new-found abilities.  Visions of You dips the reader’s toes in the paranormal, but never completely jumps in and leaves normal.  It’s a fast-paced, believable, coming-of-age story with action, scary twists, some laughs, and a few tears.

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

I’ve been blogging, Tweeting, Facebooking, I’m on Goodreads, and Amazon’s AuthorCentral.  I also purchased some ads on Facebook.

After that, what happened?

Things are still slow.  I’m going to put my book on Pinterest, and Dorothy Thompson of Pump Up Your Book is working with me to get VOY out in the virtual world.  I also have another book, a novella, The Concrete Gnome in the works.  It’s almost finished and I’ll be publishing it to the Amazon Kindle Direct Program.  Hopefully, if people enjoy reading that, they will want to read Visions of You as well.  I’m also writing Visions of Mortality, the second book in the Visions series.

What did your publisher do to promote your book?

They set me up with all the marketing websites and published my book to Kindle, Nook, and every other e-reader imaginable.

What’s your opinion on blogging?  Do you see that it is helping sell your book or is it not making much difference in terms of sales?

Well, I’m a brand new blogger, so I really don’t have an audience yet.  I keep blogging, but I don’t think anybody’s reading it.  So, it hasn’t helped with sales…yet.  I’m going to keep on blogging and try to establish a niche, find a topic that will draw in some readers.

I understand using the social networks to promote your books is also an effective marketing tool.  Do you find it is or isn’t?

I think social networking and online book tours are the way to go nowadays.  I’m planning on a couple of select brick and mortar stops, but being visible on the internet is essential.

Besides blogging and using the social networks to promote your books, what other ways are you promoting your book?

I’m working with Dorothy Thompson of Pump Up Your Book.  We’re taking Visions of You on a virtual book tour.  I tend to be a bit of a hermit and shy about promoting myself, but I’m really excited about working with Dorothy.

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?

Right now, word of mouth, whether it’s on Facebook or actually in person, has been the most successful tool for me.  Visions of You has some really good (5 star) reviews on Goodreads and Amazon and that helps.

What are your experiences with offline promotions such as booksignings?

I haven’t had any book signings yet.  That’s something I’m working on.  I have my heart set on having one in Palmer.  I just need to get ahold of the bookstore to set it up.

Thank you for this interview, C.Y.!  We wish you much success!

Thank you for the opportunity to talk with you about myself and my book, Visions of You.

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