This is how you promote a book

We talk a lot about the new economy for cartoonists. This video ought to be a case study of what to do (not just cartoonists but syndicates).

Here’s what I note Stephan is doing right:

1. Have something worth selling (Pearls Blows Up: A Pearls Before Swine Treasury book)
2. Produce viral marketing (video)
3. Engage with your audience (Facebook, Twitter, blogs)
4. Work with people who get it (e.g. John Glynn/Universal Uclick)

20 thoughts on “This is how you promote a book

  1. Funny stuff. Of course you’d have to have connections like a Stephen Pastis or Tom Gammill to pull it off. I agree with Terry, it could use some editing down. John Glynn does a pretty convincing PO’ed person. 😉

  2. “I think Terry may be onto something here.

    Judging from her EDGE CITY book cover design, clearly less is more:”

    Um….is that supposed to be sarcastic, Mark? We had to put a lot on our book cover–it’s the probably the only book we’ll ever get. At least you can take it all in in less than 5 minutes.

    By the way, since you refer to me as “her”, I guess I didn’t make much of an impression when I met you at the Rueben awards,

  3. You should open up next year’s episode with a close up of john’s face made up like the Joker in full manaical grin. The camera pulls back to reveal him in a straightjacket in the corner of a padded cell. He vows revenge on Pastis for stealing both his wife and immense business Empire (I know, bit this is ultimately fictional) GlynnJoker then. devises a way to escape—do it quickly for Terry’s sake—and then have him confront Lex Pastis who has taken over ALL the syndicates. You can take it from there, I gotta go.

  4. It’s also important to have a constantly evolving personal style, like if you wear a white t-shirt, jeans, and baseball cap in 2008, then you should move on to a white t-shirt, jeans, and BACKWARDS baseball cap by 2010!

  5. A fun video and great example of what viral marketing should be (though I, too, think it could use some editing/cutting here and there). Also agree with Alan on the four things Stephan is “doing right.”

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