Spice Up Your Book
We labor hard on our books, going the extra mile to make them intriguing to new readers. As authors, we develop a plot, sprinkle in intrigue, drop in a pinch of spice, stir into the action, and deliver a finely baked product to the market that should have people slathering to grab it and enjoy themselves.
Sounds like a recipe for success. Doesn’t it?
Yet, once your book has entered the realm of being noticed among the thousands of other books of similar genres, your sales are non-existent or poor. It’s not your promoting, since you’ve been talking up this particular novel since you finished the first draft and have had excellent reactions from potential readers. You even contacted a few and offered them an ARC to review. Those reviews reflect what you’ve known all along. This novel is a winner, yet it’s not doing well at all.
Are you ready to throw up your hands and quit?
Hang on there for a moment. There’s something you may not have considered in promoting your book and it might be right there in the novel.
Many of us have a character or two cook in a book. Even books for teens have the main characters showing off their skills to help their family or impress someone. Your fans might see that mention and wonder just how to make the dish. Even something as simple as tacos or as complicated as putting on a whole family get together holiday meal can have different versions of the same dishes.
How can you use what these characters are doing to attract more attention to your book.
Try including a recipe or two at the end of the book. Make sure you mention this in your blurb and promotion. In Starlight’s Curse, Brad makes a yummy enchilada dish. That’s included at the back of the book. Several people have mentioned they made this dish and their families fell in love with it. The same thing goes with Pony Dreams. Abby and her mom make a upside down cake using dried peaches. I included a modern version of that cake at the end of the book. A close friend said she and her daughter repeated that scene and had a very fun time.
Book promotion in the twenty-first century requires a lot of different tricks to make your book stand out against the competition. This is but one way to make that happen. One thing to remember when including recipes; keep them easy and fun.
About the K.C. Sprayberry
Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.
She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair game when plotting a new story.
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