After writing (and editing), marketing and promotion is a key step in book publishing. It helps to keep this in mind throughout the whole process. For example, The Book Designer recommends authors take into account a couple key questions: Who are you writing for? Where does your reader hang out? With this information, you can make sure you craft a pitch that … [Read more...] about Tips and Tricks for Promoting Your Book
By Sheena Mathieson Sheena Mathieson is a freelance writer who shares some helpful tips on using YouTube. Videos are used for various purposes – ranging from educational to entertaining. In fact, YouTube was made in order for people online to find videos quickly. Thanks to its search engine and social media system, their vision was made possible. YouTube also offers a new … [Read more...] about Guest Post: A Guide To Successful Youtube Video Marketing
By Mariah T. As an author, what is the best way to reach your target audience, your readers? How can you showcase your talents for publishers, literary agents, and the media? The best way to accomplish these things is by having an author website. Social media is necessary, and you should certainly have a presence on the main ones, such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and … [Read more...] about Guest Post: How Can I Develop the Perfect Author Website?
After doing all the hard work of writing, editing, and designing your book, it's nice to be able to sell it. There are a number of creative ways to sell an ebook these days. Book Promotion Hub recommends selling via online book clubs, which includes Goodreads, Amazon Book Club, BookTalk.org, and Book Mooch. You can also collaborate with people, or as Michelle from Random … [Read more...] about Indie Authors: Selling Books
By Mariah T. Being able to create and implement an effective marketing and promotional strategy can be of the utmost importance for new authors, especially if you aren’t working with a publishing company. You simply don’t have the resources to hire a full-time marketer, so you are going to have to start yourself off until you can get a foothold in the publishing world. In … [Read more...] about Guest Post: What You Need To Know Before Becoming Your Own Marketer
By Mariah T. Many writers stay so focused on their work that they forget to promote their product. As a result, they often become discouraged by disappointing book sales. You can do better, especially if you know where to start. Marketing is essential for books, just as with any other good. With the right plan, you can build awareness and excitement about your work, so … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Which Marketing Channels are Most Effective for Books?
By Martin Cavannagh It’s the biggest event on any author’s calendar: the day their book launches. And if you happen to be a self-publishing author, it should also be your busiest. A book’s launch can very much set the tone for any success to come. You want there to be as much noise as possible so that you get as many people buying your book and leaving a review in the … [Read more...] about Guest Post: 6 Marketing Ideas For The Day Your Book Launches
By Adam Steele This is a guest post, courtesy of Adam Steele, the founder of Loganix, a popular SEO fulfillment company located in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. If you are an author who’s opting to self-publish instead of going through a publisher, the one big thing you lack is the marketing power that you'd get from a publishing company. That puts all of the … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Why You Should Consider SEO When Self-Publishing a Book
Metrics, data, analytics. These are all related words that can really help authors effectively market. Matt Minoff wrote a great piece on Digiday, called "In Order to thrive, publishers must master their data." This means more than merely collecting data. It means having a plan, understanding what the data means, and deciding what actions to implement. If you want a solid … [Read more...] about Data and Analytics for Marketing and Automation
Google Plus is a social media platform that is not as talked about as Facebook or Twitter, but can be very important, depending on your niche. Google Plus Basics For those who may not be too familiar with Google Plus, here are a few of the basics. First, you fill out a profile, with a picture, a cover image, and whatever information you feel comfortable sharing about … [Read more...] about Indie Author Marketing Guide: Google Plus
By Tantra Bensko Tantra Bensko is a talented writer and wonderful teacher. In fact, she taught me how to write experimental fiction at UCLA Extension. She is the author of numerous books, including her latest, Glossolalia, a psychological suspense novel that is part of her Agents of the Nevermind series. Below she shares her experiences in her shift from writing Literary to … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Shifting from Writing Literary to Commercial Fiction
You may remember Geoff Jones, author of the thriller The Dinosaur Four, from my last post where I happily reviewed his book. Geoff is so awesome that I had to interview him twice. The first time was for the podcast I make with my husband, I Know Dino, where we of course discussed the amazing dinosaurs in his book, and the second time, Geoff very graciously let me pick his brain … [Read more...] about The Making of a Successful Ebook: An Interview with Geoff Jones, Author of The Dinosaur Four
Social media is a big part of indie author marketing strategies these days. But for those just starting out, it may seem daunting. When I first began using social media for platform building, I felt slightly overwhelmed. But now, after lots of practice and just incorporating social media into my daily routine, I've come to embrace it. And instead of seeing it like a chore, I … [Read more...] about Indie Author Marketing Guide: A Primer to Social Media
For indie authors, Facebook is one of the best ways to reach your audience. As of April 2016, Facebook has 1.65 billion monthly active users and 1.09 billion people logging in daily, according to Zephoria. With that in mind, it's probably safe to say that if you're reading this, you are at least familiar with Facebook. Types of Facebook Interactions Facebook has a few … [Read more...] about Indie Author Marketing Guide: Facebook
It’s rare when I’m reading a book do I find myself taking notes. But Chris Syme’s SMART Social Media For Authors is packed with so much useful, actionable information, that I couldn’t help myself. The book is both a guide and a resource. Chris gives examples of other sites to check out, as well as handy explanations of some of the social media platforms, so that authors can … [Read more...] about Ebook Review: SMART Social Media For Authors