Greetings from Kevin Thompson in the sunny South! Today, we take a trek into an area that is affecting more and more people, it seems, each year. I, being an administrator at a middle school by day (and a writer at all other times), am dealing with this issue more and more. The topic is Autism. And our special guest today is Lynda Young!
Lynda, welcome to the CAN front porch! Let’s get started! First question: How many books do you have published? What are a few of your latest titles?
I have three books published in the You Are Not Alone book series. The latest is Hope for Families of Children on the Autistic Spectrum. I have another waiting to be published for families in Children’s Hospitals.
You were last featured on the CAN blog in 2013. What are the chief lessons you’ve learned about the writing life since then?
I’ve mainly had online articles dealing with special needs, autistic spectrum, family communications in magazines and other writer’s blogs.
What are the chief lessons you’ve learned about promotion since then?
The importance of social media. I “share” other author and speakers blogs, insights, books – and reach my public audience and their audience as well.
What are the most effective means of book promotion you’ve tried?
Networking with other professionals in the special needs and childhood cancer field as well as blogs/links of families.
What are the least effective promotional activities you’ve tried?
Twitter, and other avenues because I don’t keep up posting!
What’s your favorite way to connect with your readers?
Networking with special needs community. Special months and days are so important to those on challenging journeys.
What’s the craziest promotional gimmick you tried?
Does giving free chocolate count? I didn’t think so. 🙂
What’s the funniest thing that happened during a promotional activity?
My book subjects are so serious that the people I talk to want help and encouragement from me. I try to tell lighter stories at times to get a smile from weary parents and grandparents.
Did you see God open any doors you never expected in the promotion of your books?
Two Christian ministries who serve Children’s Hospitals bought cases of my books at a discount to give to parents.
What are your top tips for new authors promoting their first book?
Network with others in your genre, specialty, and ask them to “share” your book information through their avenues. Ask friends and professionals in your field to give an endorsement on Amazon, Goodreads, and other appropriate sites.
Lynda, thank you for your time, and may God bless you and your ministry. If you wish to get in touch with Lynda, check out these outlets:
Links to your webs/email/blogs:
Twitter: Lynda T. Young @HopeURNotAlone
Facebook: Lynda Tinnin Young
Thanks to all of you who stopped by today. Keep writing!