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Story Marketing Tip 40 – Share Experiences You Have While Researching Your Story

Story Marketing Tip #40: Write about Experiences You Have While Researching Your Story

Story Marketing exists in many forms. Have you ever had experiences that triggered a story you wrote? If so, your readers would enjoy hearing the story behind the story.

What happened to you and how did it lead to your story? Maybe you had experiences that provided the ideas you needed for a particular scene or event within a story. Reveal them to your readers as part of your Story Marketing to promote your books.

While doing research to gather the knowledge you needed for your story, did you have any interesting experiences? If so, tell those stories. A crime author may spend a day riding with policemen. If your main character’s favorite hobby is painting, take a painting class and tell your readers about it. Take a photo of your no-so-beautiful piece of art and post it online. Be willing to embarrass yourself just a little. It will help endear you to your readers.

One of my favorite stories I have from doing book research happened when I was working on Power Revealed. I was considering having the antagonist sabotage a nuclear power plant. But for the scene to work, I needed a nuclear power plant that had very specific environmental conditions. I found one in New York State, and interestingly enough, the next month I needed to train a client in the area whose office was only thirty minutes away from this particular nuclear power plant.

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