That's why we put together a group for debut authors in this situation and we'd like to carry on the tradition. The group is called Indie-Debut and it's open to any children's- YA author who has a book coming out in 2011 with a small or CWIM-unlisted press.
To be eligible, your publisher just needs to be a member of Independent Book Publishers of America, Small Publishers Association of North America or listed in the Small Press section on SCBWI's PAL application form. (Sorry, self-publishers and vanity presses are not eligible)
We hope to gather about twenty authors to help each other with publicity through a group blog, blog tours, virtual book launches, tweets, Facebooks posts, etc. Plus, it never hurts to have new author friends!!
If you're interested, please contact Abigail Beal at abigailwrites (at) gmail (dot) com. You can also use the contact form above--be sure to let us know your name, publisher, title, release date, and website (if you have one).
We'll send you an invitation to the group if availability is still open and your publisher meets the criteria listed above.
Thanks so much for your interest!