Now that my book is available on Amazon.com, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, etc..., BN.com, Kindle, etc..., I have started publicizing it to people other than friends and family. Two days ago, I began sending press releases by e-mail to Turkish cultural organizations in the US, Canada, and Britain, soon to be followed by any Turkish cultural association I can find, anywhere. I've also sent the release to two newspapers and Expatwomen.com. In addition to about fifteen bounced messages, I received a very kind e-mail from the president (?) of a Turkish organization in Chicago, who said that the book sounded interesting and that she'd forward the press release to her organization. She also said she'd read my book, and that I should contact her if I went to Chicago. Now, I don't know if she meant any of that, but it made me feel really good!
Today, I tried to find the updated e-mail addresses of the organizations whose e-mails bounced back, and re-sent them. I found the original addresses on the website of the US Embassy in Turkey - if they are reading this, they should note that their information is not current!
Now, I need to be patient. I know that newspapers are not dying to interview me. But I might cold-call The Olympian, just because the main character in my novel is from Olympia, and because I used to live there. I think they must be able to publish a little article about my book, don't you?
What I am really looking forward to, with regards to this book, is for feedback from people I do NOT know, who have actually bought the book and read it. Maybe it's what all authors want? But of course, the first step will be for them to buy the book.... until then, all I can do is keep trying to send out the press release, and cross my fingers....