Even if readers love your book, it might never occur to them to tell other people about it. That's why it's important to make it easy for your fans to spread the word.
One great way is to create a fan page on your website. (If you don't have a website, stop reading NOW and go make one.) You can direct readers to this link, especially those who proactively tell you they enjoyed your book.
Make it easy for your fans to help you!
Following are some of the elements I have on my own fan page. At the top it says: "Did you enjoy Perfect on Paper, It's a Waverly Life, and/or Honey on Your Mind? If so, please help spread the word!"
Then I include the following suggestions with active hyperlinks:
We all know people who overshare the daily minutia of what they're reading/eating/watching/doing, but not everyone is wired this way. For the more restrained readers out there, a fan page gives them a gentle nudge to help get the word out.
Maria Murnane is the best-selling author of the romantic comedies Perfect on Paper, It's a Waverly Life, and Honey on Your Mind. She also provides consulting services on book publishing and marketing. Learn more at www.mariamurnane.com.
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