As authors who have met me (or who have followed my book promotion blog here or at the Huffington Post) know, I’m a strong support of independent book publishing and independent authors. I think it’s empowering to write a book, publish a book, design a book, produce a book, and market a book without the restrictions that might be imposed by a traditional book publisher.
That said, there are times when a book publisher’s imprint can vastly increase a book’s promotion potential. When a major publisher gets behind a book, then that book does have the publisher’s brand behind it. And imagine this: what if you’ve written a book that would be pleasing to Massachusetts-based sports fans (the way that Rob Gronkowski is), and your publisher is Jeter Publishing?
For those who are wondering what’s so special about Jeter Publishing, does the name Derek Jeter ring a bell? Yes. Derek Jeter. He has his own publishing imprint, Jeter Publishing, and it’s owned by Simon and Schuster.
So, yes, as biased as this book publicist is in favor of independent book publishing, I must admit — how could I not? — that, at times, book promotion success can be greatly enhanced by having the right mainstream publishing company (and the perfect imprint of that mainstream publisher) behind the book.
Rob Gronkowski, I think you’ve written more than a book here. I think you’ve written yourself a bestselling book (It’s Good to Be the Gronk), and I wish you all the luck in the world with reaching sports fans in Boston and all of New England — and, surely, far beyond. Derek, I might have a couple of sports-related questions for you (well, hey, I am from Boston!), but I’m so proud that you know how to use your name and your brand. Derek Jeter and Rob Gronkowski. You can find It’s Good to Be the Gronk at Amazon, of course!