I truly love my latest book, God’s Banker, a novel about global corruption at the world’s most secretive institution. I think it’s a good read and worked hard to get it to that point. But…and there’s always a but…what good is all that effort if it gets lost in the shuffle of Amazon’s million book list?
That’s why I created the book trailer describing this action/adventure gallop from New York to Vatican City to the very outskirts of Italy:
Still, I don’t think that’s enough. My readers are highly intelligent people. They insist on proof that the author asking for their time can indeed entertain and hold their interest to the end. So I created an entertaining video showing the God’s Banker characters on the phone with me, complaining about how little air time I gave them:
Then I thought, by now my readers know something about my book, but they don’t really know much about me. I don’t know of many authors willing to have a candid conversation with their readers and answer their most likely questions–some very personal. To me, giving something personal about me to my readers shows a deep respect for the relationship. So I did another video, this time it was just me (and my dog, Carrie) sitting on the couch and talking about the personal side of book writing and what it means to me in a fun way:
With this effort and openness has come a number of reader comments–most quite favorable. Sales are up too, an unplanned but added bonus. For now anyway, God’s Banker is somewhat distinguished from the crowd. At least until the other authors realize they need to meet their readers at least halfway and develop a relationship before having the audacity to ask for their time.
Enjoy the day