What authors are forced to go through to promote their books

When I first began to work on an actual book, not an article, I was given advice about my proposal. That advice emphasized how, in every sentence and every word, I had to be promoting my book. Selling it. And how most of my proposal should not be about the book itself as much as it should be about my “platform” from which I’d be selling the book.

This was before the all-encompassing Internet and TikTok and “influencers.” I had to come up with ways I could be promoting the book with being an influencer. It was rough, let me tell you.

But I never thought of a promotional venture like this one, from Harper’s Weekly Review:

A woman who wrote a children’s book about mourning after her husband died was charged with his murder.

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