Terri Kirby Erickson, author and poet of
Thread Count, hasn’t sold a lot of books yet, but she is working so hard.
I wanted to feature her in this hall of fame because of the variety of things
she has done to market her poetry book. She deserves a mention here. Here is an
email she sent me with the things she’s done so far:
I can’t brag that I’ve sold a billion copies of my
self-published book of poetry, Thread Count, but I’ve certainly managed
to get a lot of local attention all by my lonesome self!! As a result of
publishing this book:
1. I was asked to join the Courses for Community Faculty at
Salem College, and am now teaching a class entitled, “Poetry as Distilled Experience.”
2. I was asked by my alma mater to do a television promo for
the school’s English department. I think it is still running on WXII.
3. Our local Borders reviewed the book, liked it, and is now selling it.
4. A columnist for our local newspaper, The Winston-Salem
Journal, interviewed me and an article came out about my book in their
Clemmons Journal back in April.
5. I was asked by a local coffee shop to do a book signing,
and I also did a reading at the library. Both were very well attended, and I sold lots of books.
6. IBD News put the Journal article in its newsletter.
7. My poem, “Thread Count,” was nominated as a librarian’s
favorite poem for the North Carolina Arts Council website in honor of National Poetry Month.
8. Paris Voice Magazine (http://www.parisvoice.com)
published my poem, “Luncheon in Paris” in their Reader’s Forum section, with a link to Amazon.
9. Forsyth Magazine interviewed me and did a piece on
my life and book for their “Women on the Move” section. They also published two of my poems.
10. I have an interview next week, to see if WFDD Radio wants
to do an on-air interview with me…I guess to make sure I’m not a lunatic with a voice like Minnie Mouse!! :o)
And, there are probably other things that I’ve left out... All
in all, it’s been rather amazing. Of course, it would be nice to branch out of
“local” more than I have ... although a place in Paris Voice is not bad!!
Also, I recently sold a new poem to the Christian Science
Monitor, which is pretty exciting. I wish I could just phone “Aunt Oprah”
for a spot on her show. HA!! But, I’m afraid I don’t have those kinds of contacts!! :o)
Anyway, you have a very interesting website. Thank you for
compiling all this information. I have a website, too, by the way, if you are