Book Marketing Tips for Authors
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Debbie Mitchell
Contemporary Romance Romantic Suspense
4 months

I am very new to this, but I will tell you things that have helped immensely. I got invited to an author convention as a reader. I met over 50 authors. I had no intention at the time of writing. I joined many groups in that genre and interacted. I became friends with several and when I wrote a book; they were so helpful with everything from writing to self publishing.

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Marilou Ryder
Advice & How To
5 months

Do something to market your books every day.

    • Cherise Arthur Cherise Arthur 5 months ago
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    • What do you recommend for new authors - I have written a children's book. I would love to be able to get into schools once they reopen to share.
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      • Diann Floyd Boehm Diann Floyd Boehm 3 months ago
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      • A good starting point is to start with schools that you have friends or family in. Teachers will spread the word and you will be adding more schools before you know it.
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      • Cherise Arthur Cherise Arthur 2 months ago
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      • Hey children;s book authors I sent my book to Fergie who has a YouTube Channel and I have been corresponding with her promo gal Antonia Marshall - hoping to get an approve to be read on her how. I could use some suggestions for podcasts for my children's books
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Harry Carpenter
Crime Fiction Thrillers
7 months

1: Advertise. This means free, and often, paid ads. Work within your budget. Amazon Ads can get out of hand, be sure to stay on top of it. Facebook ads are hit or miss. Think outside of the box. Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest are all great if you are familiar with those formats. Try to run ads when you can.

2: Talk about your book. Be enthusiastic about it. Talk it up at signings, book clubs, restaurants. Wherever you get the chance. Part two of this is: know WHEN to talk about it. Throwing the book into an unwanted conversation never goes well. Know your audience, interject when appropriate.

3: Your cover, blurb, book description, etc can always evolve. Change often if it isn't working. Tweak your blurb, see what the public thinks. Adjust the book description. Find out what people don't like about the book cover and try to fix it. You may have a fondness for the cover, but everyone else may not. You're trying to sell a book to THEM, not YOU.

4: Local Bookstores should never be dismissed! Just because they're not the big time Barnes and Noble does not mean they can't equally sell dozens of your books a month! There is no guarantee that having a book at B&N equals billions of sales. It'll likely get lost among the trillions of books they stock. A small store likely will develop a personal relationship with you and help promote your book. Always promote that your books are carried in their stores on social media. They appreciate it.

5: Calm down. Just because you're not getting a sixteen movie deal with Netflix does not mean your books aren't moving. Selling a book a month is a big step. Selling one a week is excellent. Selling one a day is amazing! Baby steps. Don't sink a ton of money into anything, do not follow rabbit holes of false promises of vanity publishers guaranteeing you sales. Nobody can truly make good on that statement. If it happens, it happens.

6: Just be smart, calm, and positive out there. It's not so much its own step, but a means of getting through just about everything in life. Be calm and think things through. Ask for help. Patience is a virtue! Good luck out there!

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Seralynn Lewis
Contemporary Romance
8 months

1. Do something every day. Even if it's one thing...and even if it's small.
2. It's a marathon, not a sprint.
3. Small gains, pay off in the long run.
4. Be efficient with social media. Organize and use a service. It takes time to set it up but once it's set up, you'll only have to monitor and update. Use a schedule and stick to it.
5. Be strategic and relevant in your marketing.

      • Seralynn Lewis Seralynn Lewis 5 months ago
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      • There are various ones available. My daughter uses Hootesuite, but there are others like Later, Cinchshare, and Social Bee I'm still working on analyzing which one best fits me and everyone has to do that for their own lifestyle. It's my 2021 goal to automate social marketing! :) Good Luck and let me know which one you chose and why. I'm interested.
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Colin Ward
Crime Fiction Thrillers
10 months

1. Always judge a book by its cover. You wouldn't get into a taxi with battered body work to go to a dentist with bad teeth, would you?
2. Aim for the heart, the head, and then the wallet. In that order. A weak book, badly designed won't sell at the cheapest price. But a book that promises to move and engage someone can command a good price.
3. Make sure your designs can be read quickly - you only have seconds to draw a reader in.
4. Don't try to be too "unique." If no one is doing something, a "super idea" you have had, there might be a good reason for it.
5. Say as much as you can in the fewest words. Cut out all the stuffing. Remember, give your reader the prime cuts, because you want them to come back for more. If you fill their plate with fat and gristle they will tire of chewing.

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    • 4. Don't try to be too "unique." If no one is doing something, a "super idea" you have had, there might be a good reason for it.
      Well said!
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      • Colin Ward Colin Ward 9 months ago
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      • When I write draft one of my books I let myself go. I pad it and stuff, be artful and over the top. Basically, I let my ego write with me. My first edit (after I have left it alone a while) is what I call my "sledgehammer" where I go through, tutting at myself, and casually whack all that rubbish out. Often, draft 2 is some 10% shorter with little effort.

        (It should be noted, however, that when it comes to food, both Belgian sweet waffles and Birdseye potato waffles are utterly scrumptious.)
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Claire Fullerton
Women's Fiction Literary Fiction
1 year

Keep a calendar, pre-book launch and afterward, of every place your book will appear online
If considering hiring a publicist, interview a few and come to the interview prepared with what you're looking for.
With book tours online and social media, know the number of followers
Support other authors, review their books, and engage with the book community, don't just promote your book.
Get out and meet your readers in person because readers are not only intelligent, they're fun

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Kim Cormack
Action & Adventure Paranormal Romance
1 year

1. Be fearlessly yourself on social media. If you have a dark sense of humour, roll the dice. You won't regret it.
2. Other Authors are your friends, you are not in competition with anyone but yourself.
3. Follow people with large followings and engage in conversation.
4. To avoid conflict, stay away from these subjects, politics, religion and sex. A media expert told me this over a decade ago.
5. Set aside time each day for book promotion on social media. Update as much as you can every day and always follow readers back. (real accounts only) Who are we to pick and chose?

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Stenetta Anthony
Children's
1 year

1. Begin early. You do not have until your book is finished.

2. Know your audience.

3. Research books similar to yours.

4. Get advice from successful authors.

5. Keep current on changes in publishing.

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Christy J. Breedlove
Thrillers Suspense
2 years

Watch your spending on ads--they can be grossly ineffective. Use social media and generously interact with fellow writers and readers. Don't abuse FB and Twitter solely for the purpose of "Buy My Book." Join writing groups and learn from the pros. Ask politely for reviews--don't pressure, harass or intimidate. Be creative. Target your genre readers. Offer incentives and freebies. Craft a newsletter and send it out bi-monthly. Don't take critiques as personal attacks--learn from honest opinions. Don't despair. Never give up. Revenge query.

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Brigid P. Gallagher
Advice & How To Biographies & Memoirs
2 years

1) Blog and Social Media Links
Create a blog or website well in advance of your book launch, and keep your followers informed of your progress. Remember to include information on your blog/website and social media links at the end of your book.

2) Quality
Ensure your book is of the very best quality, by enlisting a professional editor and book cover designer. It will pay dividends.

3) Keywords and Categories
Choose your categories and keywords for online retailers carefully. Try to find categories that have smaller numbers of books to boost your rankings. Keep a close eye on your progress, and tweak as necessary.

4) Pricing
Keep your prices in line with your competitors. Readers will not buy your book if you charge too much. Regular discounted offers will increase sales.

5) Read and Review Books
Read and review other author's books, and post to your blog/website, social media, BookBub and Goodreads...
It will come back to you in many ways.

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Sr Crystal Mary Lindsey
Mysteries Supernatural Suspense
2 years

I just have 2. Tips.
1. Advertising in the USA works best in the early morning.
2. Using Ingramspark for my publishing has me selling more paperbacks. They are great!!

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Taylor Love
Contemporary Romance Erotic Romance
2 years

Market early-and this can be free Social Media, FB Groups, etc Also you can start playing with ADS. Start small and work your way up once you know what you are doing. I often do $1.00 day for 5, 10 15 days. AMS $1.00 a day netted me a profit in sales (minus what I paid for the sales) in my first year of advertising.

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Samantha A. Cole
Suspense Contemporary Romance
2 years

1) Never pay for reviews (this does not include review companies such as Netgalley, Hiddengems, OnlineBookClub, etc. which charge to list your books on their sites for their clients to voluntarily choose to review if they want.)
2) Look at the book covers of the top books in your genre. Does yours compete?
3) Don't do your book covers yourself unless you have experience in graphic art.
4) Get input from other authors on your blurbs. Some authors find them easy to do, while most do not. Avoid outlining the entire book--explain the first 1/3 of the book and use a question to make the reader guess what might happen in the last 2/3.
5) Do not harrass other authors to read/reveiw your book or do review swaps. Most authors do not have time for this and the popular authors are constantly being asked to review other authors' books.
7) There are over 1000 groups on Amazon that will let you promote your books in them. Do a search for your genre or "book promo" and you'll get tons of them popping up. Read each group's guidlines for posting so you don't get kicked out.
8) There are numerous groups on Facebook that are for authors only, to develop their craft and with tips on how to market. Join them.
9) Set a monthly budget.
10) Research the different book promotion sites and ask other authors about their experiences with them.
11) Don't put your book on sale shortly after a release because your sales are down. Readers get upset when they see a book that just came out, that they already bought, going on sale within the first three months of release.
12) Don't overprice or underprice your book.

(Yup, more than 5 but all needed to be said!)

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