I’m extremely lucky to work with such a nice staff, and I was reminded of this today. Because I’m getting ready to launch my book sometime in May, I’m trying to establish some contacts to help me for the big release. I was hoping the teachers at my school could help me out a bit, so I contacted my administrators. I asked them if I could send out an email to see if other teachers would be interested in helping me out with the book. This is the email that I sent out to them.
Hello Fellow Teachers,
I’m going to publish my first book later this spring (probably in May). It’s an illustrated novel. The target reading audience is EVERYONE! Actually, it would be best for age 10 and up.
I’d like to get some feedback on the book before it goes to print. If you’d be willing to help me with this, email me and I’ll contact you with more information.
I was super worried I’d get no responses, and blank stares from my coworkers at our next meeting.
We have to do so many things, that giving up any time at all is a major request. However, the response was overwhelming. I think the list of teachers who responded was around 20. I have to get back to them with what I had in mind, but if you didn’t know already, teachers are extremely busy people. What I am hoping they can do is be a part of the O.K. Crew. It’s kind of like J. Crew, but it doesn’t have to do with clothing. Nevermind. It’s nothing like J. Crew.
I want to put together a list of 100 people. I’m going to give these 100 people an advanced copy of the book. In exchange, they will help promote the book. That’s about it. They say the best way to promote a book is word of mouth. Well, teachers are social creatures. They like to talk. I should know. I’m the founding member of teachers. Wait. No. I’m just a bald guy.
Anywho, I am much more confident about getting the book out there now. To quote The Beatles, “I get by with a little help from my friends as my guitar gently weeps.” I think I mixed that one up too. I’m a little off my game today.