So, you have a facebook and twitter account, but where else should you be online to increase your name recognition and promote youself and your book?? Here are some great sites I have found: (Remember, the more places you are in cyberworld, the greater your marketability! (Note: These are all FREE!!)
General Sites - not geared specifically towards writing or books:…
Today I have a list of twitter users who post great info for writers from Robert Brewer!! Please visit Robert Brewer's blog for more great stuff!!! (see link, below).Continue
Hey everyone! I've been busy with NANOWRIMO, so my posts have not been on schedule, sorry about that, but I am back with a quick one about starting your own online newspaper, and it is soooo easy, FREE - and kind of fun too!!! The site I am talking about is http://www.paper.li.com. I just started an online newspaper about, of course, book marketing and promotion! You can find it at:…Continue
The following post is by Tony Eldridge, creator of Marketing Tips For Authors and can be found at: http://blog.marketingtipsforauthors.com/2011/05/7-weekly-book-marke...
Please visit his site for more awesome info!!! Take it away Tony!!!
When you're an author, it can become overwhelming when you realize you are responsible for…
Quick Response Codes! I think they are also called 'Semapedia Tags'. They are those two-dimensional, square bar codes, with lots of tiny boxes, that can be read by most smart phones. You put them on physical things, like business cards, posters, t-shirts, books, stickers (to stick on things!), billboards, etc.
The smart phone user scans the code and POOF!!! There are a number of things that can…
Hi Authors! Today I am listing book review blogs (some geared towards YA and fantasy), and each has between 1,000 and 2,500 followers. I researched about 500 book blogs and these were the ones with many followers and current activity. Try to contact some of these sites to review your new or upcoming release for some widespread exposure! View my July 29th post for a list of 14 blogs that have collectively over 50,000 followers! Good Luck! Jan…
One of the best and cheapest ways to get your name and book out there is to trade with other authors. Yup, it is "I'll post your stuff on mine and you post my stuff on yours." First find authors who share a common genre or theme with you - targeting the right audience is key! Play nice and make friends with them! : )
If you want to add your genre and blog info, release date (if…Continue
Another way to market your book is to enter cover art contests! Wouldn't a cover art award be great to promote on your website? After you enter, make sure to spread the word everywhere so that you get lots of voters to the site(s)!!
Here are some I have found:Continue
Daphne Uviller’s novels (SUPER IN THE CITY and HOTEL NO TELL) manage to be at once both smart and hilarious. If you haven't read them, you should do so. Right now. Not…
Your book is out there, on bookstore shelves. Now what? Feel like taking a road trip? A great idea to sell books off of shelves is to go around to bookstores that stock your book and sign them. Books that are autographed sell better - an autograph adds value to your printed book - customers are drawn to them. The best time to do drive by signings is soon after your book is released.
Here's how to go about doing your own drive by book signings:
1) Order stickers…Continue
Okay, so my last post was on where to go if you want to become involved with social communities geared towards authors and books. Maybe you join a few. So now what??
JOIN GROUPS, JOIN GROUPS!!! Yes, I said that twice! There are some wonderful groups out there! Search for relevance, interests, and ongoing activity. Join as many as you want!
START YOUR OWN GROUP: If you don't see a group related to your strong interest, start your…Continue
I have met so many wonderful people through SheWrites and other communities I am a member of. These types of sites are great to meet authors, readers, reviewers, and others in the industry.
So, first, what are some of these sites??? (Note: These are all FREE and generally have a blog feature)
The obvious catch-all sites include Facebook and MySpace. LinkedIn and Twitter can be included as well as other poplular sites. However, I want to focus on writing-related…Continue
1) First, decide how BIG you want it. A small gathering of close friends? A big 'ol party? (I'd go for both!)
2) Once you have decided that, move on to WHERE to have it! Of course, a bookstore is an obvious place. But if you want something different, think about places where you don't have to pay rent for. Or, is there a place that fits the theme or genre of your book? This could also help create a theme for…Continue
If you don't have someone else managing your publicity, its up to you to get out there - make it happen!!!
Of course, local bookstores should be your starting point. Visit them in person, act professional, and be prepared. Take your book and collateral materials to provide to the manager or person in charge of events. Collateral materials can include:
Postcards (see my earlier post about swag and bling for your book)
Most of us know what basic information we should have on our author or book website, but there are some other items that can be helpful - for journalists, reviewers, organizations, readers and others.
~Contact information for:
1) yourself - some way to get ahold of you, email is probably best
2) your literary agent
3) your publisher, especially an email address
4) your publicist (for media requests only); definitely email address
Added by Jan Fischer Wade on August 26, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments
I am very excited to have as our guest blogger today, C.K. Volnek! Her book GHOST DOG OF ROANOKE ISLAND is coming out at the end of September by MuseItUp Publishing! Congrats!
She is sharing some terrific insights she got exclusively from Literary Agent Mike Larsen on promoting yourself and your work!! Take it away…Continue
BRAS!!!! (That seemed appropriate for SheWrites!)
The first thing you need to before you can send out a release is to write it!! eHow had the best information:
1) All press releases should begin with contact information for you, your agent, publisher or public relations firm. Be sure to include all snail mail and email addresses as well as firm, personal and cell…Continue
Well, we all know the saying, you gotta spend money to make money. So there comes a point in develping a marketing plan for your book that you need to decide if you will pay for advertising. If so, how much?? And where??
One place to order advertisements to appear on other sites is BLOGADS - an ad broker of sorts - one account for as many blogs that you want to advertise on (versus dealing with…Continue
The pub date for my new memoir, What They Saved: Pieces of a Jewish Past, is September 1st. So why am I in a state of high anxiety? It’s not as though I’m a first time author. I’ve been publishing books since 1980, and I’ve just turned seventy. Why do I feel as if I’m going on a…Continue
Television is a powerful promotional tool. If you’ve ever idly wondered what a little TV promotion would be worth to your writing, I give you this story by SheWriter Deborah Lee Luskin. She was made to consider this very question last year, just after the publication of her award-winning novel Into the Wilderness. This incident made my jaw drop, which probably only proves that I'm naïve.
Enticement & Integrity, By…Continue