Do you have a book that is trembling on the precipice of being released? Think your job is over? Of course not. We all know we have to market and promote.
But what about creating a teacher's guide to go with your book?
Feel like you'd be going to the place where "no one has gone before?" Posh. Lots of folks create teacher's guide to help make their book more marketable and open the school market to their book.
What should you consider when creating a teacher's guide? First, if your book does not seem to be something you can use in the classroom, think again. Step back and look at your book. For example, my book deals indirectly with the Middle Ages. It deals with the Knights Templar. It deals with (albeit in a round about way) pirates on the high seas in the 1800s. It deals with a real-to-life treasure. What kid wouldn't want to have their teacher use a teacher's guide that deals with those topics?
Frankly, I thought my book, a middle grade urban fantasy, fell outside the realm of a teacher's guide. But, my publisher saw more in my book than I did, and both she and a writer friend encouraged me to write one. So, I'm working on one. It is in its infancy stages, but it's coming along.
What do you include? You can create (like me) a treasure map. You can create a simple crossword puzzle (there are puzzle creators available online), you can do a word search. How about discussion questions about an aspect of your book? In mine, that will be about the Middle Ages. There's no limit to what you can do, and the more interactive guide you can make, the better off you'll be. You can also query your friends and see if they have created a teacher's guide and what has and hasn't worked for them.
A teacher's guide is just another tool in your marketing and promoting arsenal. Create one, and open a whole new market for your book.