I previously added this as a comment and should have added it as a discussion! So, here I go, starting again:
I had a successful Goodreads giveaway, and my novel, Camelot & Vine, is getting four-and five-star reviews--from people I actually don't know.
I'd like to use quotes from these reviews as they come in, to keep the title out there and visible, without beating my facebook and twitter contacts to death. Any suggestions you might have for innovation when marketing your own work would be greatly appreciated!
Well, that's great; I too have a self-published novel out there, Spunk, a Fable. I'm sending and ordering copies for the folks who won the giveaway just at present, and I've had a couple of impartial and good reviews (and some friendly ones from family friends as well) so I will find out how that goes, if they ever review the book once they receive it.
PW and Library Journal also have instructions on their websites for submitting your self-published book for possible review; I'm waiting to see what happens there.
Have you tried doing a book launch and publicizing it in your local media? I find that a press release with something to announce besides "area author publishes novel" is better at garnering attention than just an announcement of the book's existence. I have booked a radio interview and at least one newspaper feature, and have a strong "maybe" on a local magazine spotlight, all as a result of a press release.
Good luck, Helen
Thanks, Helen, great ideas! I did do an interview today for the San Gabriel Valley papers, but I hadn't thought of trying to pitch radio. As I've worked in radio in the past, that might be my pitch right there.
I will also try PW and Library Journal. As a self-published author, I hadn't realized I had access to their reviewers.
I'm glad you had a successful giveaway. So far I've found that to be one of the best things I've done.
Thanks, and the best of luck to you, too!