My publisher is sending me about a dozen ARCs (advance reader copies — uncorrected copies of a book sent out for promotion and reviews) of my novel Daisy, so that means I should start doing some promo myself for this novel.
I’m very excited about its release later this year (first digitally, then in print in September), but, as usual, I’m stumped as to how best to communicate that excitement to potential readers. Should I look for “influencers,” do more social media, wear a sandwich sign and walk around a mall promoting the book?
Probably. But I don’t know many influencers, don’t do TikTok, barely do Instagram, read Twitter but rarely post there, and, well, I don’t look good in a sandwich sign.
So here I am at my blog wondering what to say to communicate how passionately I feel about this story, Daisy Buchanan’s telling of The Great Gatsby tale, how much I want the whole world to read her view, her coming to terms with learning to be stronger, more independent, less a “beautiful fool.”
Because I recently shared with some relatives some information on series I’ve enjoyed watching, I thought I’d start there, with recommendations for good TV shows, all coupled with how they relate to Daisy. These mini-reviews allow me to mention my novel…a lot. That counts as promo, right?
Around the World in 80 Days: A refashioning of the Jules Verne tale, this series is updated to include a feisty “reportress” among the travelers. A little slow at first, but it has a wonderful character arc for Phileas Fogg. Daisy‘s protagonist is a feisty woman, too. If you like seeing women coming into their own during difficult times, you might enjoy this series and my novel, Daisy.
All Creatures Great and Small: An update of the original series based on the lovely James Herriott novels, this series (season two of which is available now for streaming) is a little predictable and “cute,” but so peaceful and sweet, it’s hard not to binge on it. Daisy might also seem predictable if you have read the great masterpiece on which it’s based, but you’ll also find diverging plot points from the original, and, of course, a more fuller exploration of the main character, Daisy Buchanan.
Reacher: A series (not the movie) based on best-seller Lee Childs’s character, a veteran who’s so stoic you wonder if he’s on the autism spectrum, solving a mystery in a small Southern town. Violent but very satisfying in that all the bad guys get what’s coming to them. In Daisy, some characters do get what’s coming to them, and there is the hint of violence, but nothing rising to the level of this series. So if bloodshed isn’t your thing, Daisy is for you.
Ted Lasso: This is a gentle comedy about an American college football coach and his assistant hired by a British soccer team. Ted is an unapologetic optimist and good person, and he ends up changing all those around him, usually for the better. The only unapologetic optimist in Daisy is, of course, the doomed character Jay Gatsby. Oh well. You still might enjoy Daisy.
Inventing Anna: Series based on the true story of a woman who passed herself off as a German heiress, scamming many of New York’s elites, this show keeps you watching even though you Google the outcome. Daisy is like that, too. You might know the arc of the story if you read the original, but you still want to find out how the micro adds up to the macro, how Daisy reinvents herself.
The Last Kingdom, Season Five: Uhtred fights in various places in England. Nuff said. It’s on Netflix. Daisy does not have a single sword-wielding character, but she does end up charting her own destiny, not leaving it up to the Fates, and she has to fight her own internal battles to reach her goals.
On my to-watch list:
Wait for Your Laugh: Documentary about Rose Marie, actress, singer, comedian, best known for playing Sally Rogers on the Dick Van Dyke Show. Amazon Prime. Daisy is quite a witty character–did you notice that, reading the original? She has some great, slyly funny lines, and in my novel (did I mention it’s called Daisy?) she offers some well-placed bon mots, as well.
Lucy and Desi: Documentary on Amazon Prime. Daisy is a great love story, too, but in my novel she has to learn to love herself…as soon as she determines who she really is. In Daisy. The novel. By me.
Bridgerton Season Two: A romp of a romance set in Regency England, some watchers have dubbed it “Bangerton” for, well, you know. Netflix. Are there sex scenes in Daisy? Well, you’ll have to read it to find out!
Daisy by Libby Sternberg. Available for preorder at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
and maybe other places, too.
Phew, glad that bit of promo is done!