PUYOBP: Welcome to Pump Up Your Online Book Promotion, Marilyn! Can you tell us a little about yourself and your book, THE WOMEN OF CAMP SOBINGO?
Marilyn: The Women of Camp Sobingo is an outgrowth of my book, "Once a Brat" which relates my experiences as an Army Brat in the days immediately following WWII. My dad was stationed in Seoul, Korea, and we joined him in February 1946 in the compound called Camp Sobingo, where my mother played a lot of bridge with other Army Wives. One of the women killed herself and I always wondered why -- what in her background had led her to do this, when other women, such as my mother, coped. The women are composites of women I have known.
PUYOBP: THE WOMEN OF CAMP SOBINGO is a women’s fiction. Why did you choose the genre to write? Did you choose it or did it choose you?
Marilyn: I think it chose me. Having gotten the two "factual" books out of my system (the Brat book and "Diagnosis: Lupus) I am naturally drawn in to other novels.
PUYOBP: In regards to promotion, what have you been doing to promote your book online?
Marilyn: Anything you tell me to do, Dorothy!!! And I've made sure that my name gets out to even casual acquaintances on the Internet, sending them reviews and other information as it comes up.
PUYOBP: Of all the promotional items (bookmarks, press kits, etc…) you have used to promote your book, which one was used most effectively?
Marilyn: I don't know for sure, but I'm thinking none of the above. I enjoy book signings and handing out literature, and I'm even going to an Overseas Brats Homecoming this weekend at DFW to autograph copies of my "Once a Brat" book to other "brats" but that's not where the most money comes from. I've had people tell me they bought it online; even sold one in the UK. So that's a sale that I didn't have to leave my house, cross the pond and sit in a bookstore to make. No overhead!
PUYOBP: Do you feel that the Internet has opened doors for authors who never dreamed they’d ever see a publishing contract and how has it influenced you in regards to your own publishing journey?
Marilyn: Oh, immensely! I love the fact that an author can submit his/her manuscript via email, get feedback via email, and I'm currently looking for another publisher on the Net. I don't have to spend time in line at the post office, wait for a reply via USPS, or bother with reams of paperwork. I even signed a contract electronically.
PUYOBP: If you were in the middle of Manhattan (or any busy thoroughfare) and you wanted to call attention to your book, what would you do and what would you say?
Marilyn: Hmmm. I'd wave a copy of it and yell out something like, "Free The Women of Camp Sobingo!" After I got their attention, I'd shove a copy of the book in their hands and tell them it's a great new novel and they must have it.
PUYOBP: If you could trade places with any author just for a day, who would it be and why?
Marilyn: I would trade places with one of those 52 authors who make their livings strictly by their book sales, like Dean Koontz or Stephen King. I would enjoy being in Southern CA like Dean Koontz, or in Maine during the summertime, like King, and enjoy the lifestyle their income would provide.
PUYOBP: Lastly, how do you determine your book’s success?
Marilyn: Strangely enough, if even one person says "it's a great book!" I think that's a success. And I don't have to pay them to say that, and they're not a relative, I might add. A good review goes a long way to boost my morale, too. If I get a nibble from a Hollywood producer, you may have to come pick my body up off the floor, but that's my best dream.
PUYOBP: Thank you for coming, Marilyn! Can you tell us where everyone can pick up a copy of THE WOMEN OF CAMP SOBINGO?
Marilyn: Until September 1st, it will be on Mardi Gras Publishing in an e-book format. http://www.MardiGrasPublishing.com/womenofcampsobingo.html.
I have recently been released from my contract, effective that date, as have all the mainstream authors who signed with MGP as they have found that line to be not so cost effective. I'm open to any publisher right now, where I don't have to pay a fee or submit through an agent, so wish me luck.