Talking Virtual Book Tours with Joshua GrahamAuthor Interviews, Featured — By Dorothy Thompson on October 15, 2010 at 11:15 am
Joshua Graham grew up in Brooklyn, NY, where he lived for the better part of 30 years. He holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degree and went on to earn his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. During his time in Maryland, he taught as a professor at Shepherd College (WV), Western Maryland College, and Columbia Union College (MD).
Today he lives with his beautiful wife and children in San Diego. Several of Graham’s short fiction works have been published by Pocket Books and Dawn Treader Press under different pen names.
Beyond Justice is now available in Trade Paperback through Amazon.com as well as Barnes and Noble. It’s available at the Kindle store for $2.99 for a limited time, and can be purchased for other ebook readers at Smashwords, and is now available for the iPad and iPhone at the Apple iBooks store.
A member of the Oregon Writers Network, Graham is a graduate of the Master Classes and professional writing workshops held by Dean W. Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Dean and Kris and the entire OWN, have been a major influence in his journey to become a published writer. You can visit his website at www.joshua-graham.com, connect with him on facebook at www.facebook.com/j0shuagraham or twitter at www.twitter.com/j0shuagraham.
Thank you for this interview, Joshua. Can we start out by having you tell us briefly what your new book is about?
BEYOND JUSTICE is a legal thriller in which a reputable attorney is wrongfully convicted of the murder of his wife and daughter and sentenced to death. But in prison, while awaiting his execution, he manifests supernatural abilities which helps save lives (his own, and those of his unlikely allies) and eventually uncover the identity of the true killer. But the secrets he unveils send him on a fateful collision course with the true perpetrator of the heinous crimes.
More and more authors are realizing the potential for sales that derives from virtual book tours. Can you tell us your personal reasons why you chose a virtual book tour to help get the word out about your new book?
Traditional book tours are great and I don’t think they should ever stop. But the truth is, an author can reach far more people over the internet through virtual book tours. The interviews and reviews, the contests and giveaways can happen all over the world at one time. Most of the blogs and reviews stay up on the sites forever, so if a reader misses one of your tour stops, they can always click a link any time and participate. I try to make all my interviewa and guest blogs as personal as possible. So while I might not get to shake hands with my fans in person over the internet, I hope they’ll get to know me even better than if they had about 60 seconds with me, after waiting in line at a book signing table.
Is this the first time you have heard of them?
I have heard of them before, and after speaking to colleagues who have done VBTs, I decided it was the way to go for promoting BEYOND JUSTICE.
What do you hope to achieve through promoting your book through a virtual book tour?
You know, every writer want to see their books sell, and hit bestseller lists (I’m happy to report that BEYOND JUSTICE hit two Amazon Bestseller lists, topping John Grisham, James Lee Burke and Linda Fairstein at different times), but in addition to that, I hope that more and more people will get a chance to be entertained and inspired by my book and its underlying message of hope.
Do you promote online through other means? Website? Blog?
Yes, I have a very active website/blog (www.joshua-graham.com ) as well as my Amazon author page. One of my favorite communication tools is facebook, so I would love to have everyone friend me www.facebook.com/j0shuagraham, or follow my tweets on www.twitter.com/j0shuaGraham .
Who maintains your website?
I do, 100%. I love creating websites and using the amazing tools available. The only problem is that it competes with my writing time. But it’s a happy problem. Just need to keep a good balance.
What are your experiences with offline booksignings? Do you have much luck selling your book through that method?
I really enjoy live book signings because I get a chance to talk to fans and get to hear their stories. My favorite things to hear are how they got mad at me for not letting them sleep for three nights in a row, or when they tell me they cried their eyes out, or that their views on life and forgiveness and justice have been changed. When someone looks me in the eye and tells you that, it validates my calling as an author.
Here’s a fun question. If money were no object, how would you promote your book?
I really like the qualifier, “If money was no object!” If that were the case, I would do many virtual book tours with a couple of weeks break in between. I would love to travel all over the world and meet different people, talk about my book, learn about them. I plan to speak at churches, prisons, and other organizations about the themes of my book (forgiveness, justice, mercy and grace, loss and healing,) though the latter is not so much to promote my book, but its message and values.
Thank you for this interview, Joshua. Do you have any final words?
I want to express my sincere thanks to all the fans out there that put BEYOND JUSTICE on the Amazon bestseller lists. Many of you have told me how much this book has changed your outlook on life, so I would just like to encourage you to share these thoughts with all your friends and loved ones, give them a copy of the book, or lend your copy to them if you think they too will be encouraged, challenged, moved, or just plain entertained. Just make sure you warn them that they might not get any sleep for while!