So you want to be a part of the STREET TEAM for My Awesome Place?
Most of the responsibility for promotion usually falls on the author, and since Cheryl is not here to do that promotion, we need you! As the official Cheryl B/My Awesome Place Street Team, here are some things you can do to help fill that gap:
Review My Awesome Place on Amazon.com, on BN.com or another bookstore site. Try to be as specific as possible with your review. You can also add it to a “book list” at www.indiebound.org
Ask your local library or school/college library to order a copy of this title so that people in your community can enjoy it. Check back a month later and if they still don’t have it, request it again. Once they have it on hand, call the library in the next town over and repeat the process.
Record a video review and post it on YouTube. You can talk about your response to one of the stories in My Awesome Place or what made you laugh/cry (often at the same time, that’s the beauty of this book). Be sure to link it to our website http://www.topsidepress.com to help folks find a copy of the book.
Join GoodReads.com, add My Awesome Place to your bookshelf and write a review.
Post about My Awesome Place on Facebook and Twitter and let your friends know that you liked it.
If you’re a visual artist: draw, paint, animate a video, or make other visual art about one of the stories (or one of Cheryl’s one liners) found in My Awesome Place. Then, share that on your blog/facebook to tell your friends.
Add a quote from the book, along with a link to the book’s site on Topsidepress.com to your email signature.
Tell a local book club or writing group about My Awesome Place. Writers’ groups, especially, will be touched by the fact that Cheryl’s writing group was instrumental in putting the book together after her death.
Email professors you know from Women’s Studies or Queer Studies classes and tell them about My Awesome Place and suggest they incorporate it into their syllabus next semester. You can tell them that My Awesome Place hits on a lot of important themes: the acceptance (or non acceptance) of bisexuality in the greater queer community, recovery from substance abuse, creativity and chosen family versus family of origin: all themes they are probably trying to cover in their classes.
Help us make contacts with the recovery community. Narratives of recovery from substance abuse by men are EVERYWHERE but women’s recovery memoir is much less common. Contact your favorite recovery blogs and suggest that they review My Awesome Place. Tell us about recovery groups or organizations that should know about My Awesome Place.
Email your favorite book blog and ask to write a guest post reviewing My Awesome Place.
My Awesome Place is a great escape to New York story about a quintessential New York artist and is even dedicated to the city of New York. If you have New York media contacts, or know someone who writes about New York culture, tell them about My Awesome Place.
Buy a copy of My Awesome Place. Buy an extra copy to give to your favorite creative young person.
Comment here to let us know how you’re helping to spread the word, Thanks so much, amazing community!