When Reid released her third novel Marry Your Baby Daddy, she used event marketing to catapult her book into the limelight with a grassroots movement centered around social issues her readers could identify with.
Marry Your Baby Daddy Day was “a group wedding specifically for unmarried couples with children” that took place September 29, 2005, John Stossel and Eric Hanan wrote in an article named after the event for ABC 20/20.
It is just one of the things Reid has done to establish herself as a brand and a publishing powerhouse.
If one wants to sell books, they have to get out there and connect with their readers.
How are you going to do this?
On Saturday, June 9, Maryann will be featured on my blog. Because she has made appearances on CNN, The CBS Early Show, and The Wendy Williams Experience, she will give tips on how to create a video presence and a market for your novel.
Reid coaches writers and entrepreneurs in her Sell It Before You Write It Bootcamp, equipping those serious about a successful career on creating a market that will attract agents and publicity. Please check out her website, connect with her through social media, and read her biography to learn more.
Maryann Reid BIO
Award-winning author (St. Martins Press) and social entrepreneur Maryann Reid has been featured by countless media outlets including USA Today, Essence, Glamour, The CBS Early Show, and The Wendy Williams Experience.
Maryann’s first book Sex and the Single Sister: 5 Novellas was published by St. Martins Press when she was just 25 years old. At that time, Maryann had no idea that her journal entries would become characters and later become a book. But she quickly learned the power of the media and pop culture influence on publishers and their decision-making. Because of the popularity of HBO’s Sex and The City, she hit the zeitgeist and signed her first book deal with St. Martins and the strong support of a stellar agent. Several books later, Maryann coaches others on how they can sell their own books, attract agents and publicity in half the time they would on their own.
When her third novel Marry Your Baby Daddy was published, Maryann was able to address a social issue that she cared deeply about and rally a new movement. As a result, she and her books have been profiled in The New Yorker, Newsweek, Oprah.com, NBC Nightly News, etc. for her innovative approach to life and solving its complex issues. Later, Marry Your Baby Daddy was optioned by Hollywood actress Holly Robinson-Peete and Dolores Robinson and is still a part of Maryann’s growing platform as social entrepreneur.
As a business coach and professional speaker, Maryann has gathered a diverse roster of credentials and affiliations:
- · Author of 5 novels and several short stories by St Martins Press and Penguin Putnam
- · Lecturer at various universities including St John’s University and Fordham University in NYC in Creative Writing and Business Communications
- · Referred to as the “Oprah of Brooklyn” for her work with women and philanthropic efforts like Marry Your Baby Daddy Day
- · Guest expert and social commentator on top-rated nationally syndicated radio shows like NPR’s Fresh Air, The Michael Baisden Show, Fox News Radio, CBS Radio, The Gayle King Show on Oprah Radio, etc
- ·Invited by USATODAY to write a novella, Single Black Female, for the acclaimed Open Book section
- Lifestyle expert at Alphanista.com
Maryann has been invited to speak to some of the most innovative groups all over the country and has received over 20 million media impressions worldwide via major news outlets like ABC News 20/20, NBC Nightly News and CNN. She is a popular guest lecturer at colleges, where she has taught her publishing and media techniques to influential groups and thought leaders.
Maryann received her BA in Journalism from Fordham and developed her writing and love for news at Random House and CNN. She later received her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Miami.
Maryann has taught creative writing and nonfiction courses at major universities in NYC and Miami, FL.
She is also a certified scuba diver.