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Advice from IR Approved Author Melody Cooper: “Marketing is not a sprint it’s a marathon.”

Meet Duke & Brody! received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author Melody Cooper.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

Meet Duke & Brody! Published April 6th, 2020

What’s the book’s first line? 

This is Duke and This is Brody…

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”. 

This children’s book is about the importance of acceptance and understanding, which translates from animals to humans. This is an introduction to a series of adventures the boys go on after learning just because someone is different doesn’t mean they can’t get along!

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event? 

My 2 dogs who didn’t get along so well in the beginning, but became the best of friends down the road. With everything going on these days it is a great tale of friendship and differences that make us who we are.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book? 

It’s great for children who have family pets or are introducing a new pet to an existing family pet. Or even just to teach them the importance of getting along and treating people with kindness, regardless of differences. 

What’s the most distinctive thing about the main character?  Who-real or fictional-would you say the character reminds you of? 

Although this short story is non-fiction, both my dogs and the situation remind me of classmates from primary school.

If they made your book into a movie, who would you like to see play the main character(s)?

My main characters are dogs haha (any famous dogs out there?)

When did you first decide to become an author?

I have wanted to write children’s books since I was a child. I always knew the first one would include animals.

Is this the first book you’ve written?

This is book #1!

What do you do for work when you’re not writing?

I work at an Art Gallery and run a small online business.

How much time do you generally spend on your writing?

I would say a few hours a week on writing, but many more hours on imagining…

What’s the best and the hardest part of being an indie? 

Getting your work out there, noticed and appreciated

What’s a great piece of advice that you can share with fellow indie authors?

Not to give up of course. Keep plugging away. Marketing is not a sprint it’s a marathon.

Would you go traditional if a publisher came calling?  If so, why?  

That would very much depend on my long term experience as a self-published author.