THREE LITTLE SHRIMP … A Household Name (Part 2)

img_1474With more than 400,000 books published a year it is harder than ever to get attention for a book.

But there are things we can do to help THREE LITTLE SHRIMP books sell … to get them into as many households as possible.

Nothing sells books like word of mouth. But how can we get word of mouth started? How can we get another 300, or 500, or 2,000 readers to buy THREE LITTLE SHRIMP?

No one ever buys a book they never heard of. No one walks into a bookstore or a library and says “I want to read a book you never heard of and I never heard of.”

So how can we help others find an interest in THREE LITTLE SHRIMP?

The very first step in making our three little prawns a household name is to purchase your own copy. By doing this, you will not only enjoy the story but observe first hand, the quality of illustrations by Jonathan Caron. With a copy in hand, you will also be able to take it with you to show others.

Secondly, it would probably be a good thing to become a fan on both Facebook sites … www.facebook.com/threelittleshrimp and www.facebook.com/jstevenspires . Then, you will be updated on all the adventures and places I go to sell or present THREE LITTLE SHRIMP. Once you have become a fan, share the pages with all of your friends, relatives and co-workers.

Since THREE LITTLE SHRIMP is a children’s picture book, it makes a great birthday gift, especially if it is signed and personalized to the birthday boy or girl. Once the child opens their gift containing the book, a Three Little Shrimp bookmark and wristband, there is a wonderful opportunity to talk about the book. Some of the things you might say about the book are:

– It’s a winner of two awards (The Mom’s Choice Award of Excellence, 2013 and The Family Choice Award, 2014).old-fashioned-man-amazed-looking-at-the-camera-then-pensive-isolated-over-light-blue

– It has been sold in nine countries (Italy, Canada, France, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, France, Mexico and China).

– The illustrator, Jonathan Caron, was 15 when he started illustrating the story. He finished two years later at age 17.

– The author is a local third grade teacher who originally wrote the story after a lesson on prey and predator.

– The illustrations are all based on real-life things that shrimp would experience in the wild, including the plants and animals depicted in the book.

So, with your help … together … we can make THREE LITTLE SHRIMP a household name. Next month, I will continue this discussion.

If you have any thoughts or additional ideas, please feel free to email me at steve@jstevenspires.com .

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