One of the questions that I frequently encounter when I speak at writers conferences is: “I'm not tech savvy. Are there other ways to promote your book besides social media?” My answer is always: of course.
Every book is a startup business. A book needs a mission statement, a book marketing plan, and a budget. As an indie author, these are all your responsibility, making you an entrepreneur. Do you have the traits needed for becoming an indie publisher?
Social networking is powerful. One-third of the world uses social networks regularly. Studies show that 81% of shoppers use the Internet to help them make purchasing decisions. While physical book clubs and reading groups still exist, online communities for book lovers make it easy for readers to share the books they are reading and their thoughts about them with a much wider audience. Social networking sites for books allow readers to connect with other readers around books.
Often, new authors spend their time and energy on writing their book. All their efforts go into perfecting the manuscript. Many new authors don’t think about promoting or selling their book until after they've published it, but that's actually a step that needs to begin well before your book is available for purchase.
An incredible percentage of books sold in the United States are sold by Amazon. This online retailer accounts for 74 percent of all ebook purchases in the country. In 2016, Amazon sold 42 percent of all print books in the US. Since Amazon holds the lion’s share of the book market in the United States, not only should your book be available for sale on Amazon, you should also be taking advantage of Amazon’s book marketing tools to leverage your book sales. One of the book marketing tools Amazon offers for authors is Amazon Author Central.
A book’s title is extremely important. According to Thomas Nelson publishers, research shows that consumers look at a book’s title first and foremost when the author’s name is taken out of the mix (well-known authors are sometimes the deciding factor in purchasing a book). However, coming up with a compelling book title can be arduous, time-consuming work. Here are four guidelines to help you craft a compelling, memorable title for your book.
Over 850 million books are purchased in the United States each year. According to Nielson, a global information, data, and measurement company, 47% of the American population purchases books. If you do the math, 151 million people bought these books. This means, on average, these book buyers purchase five to six books a year. Why do people buy books? There are three main reasons people buy any product, books included, and better understanding why will help you build your author platform.
With millions upon millions of books to choose from, how do readers decide which books to buy? Research reveals four ways that help most readers determine which book to choose, and ultimately what encourages readers to buy books.
Endorsements are a powerful no-cost book marketing strategy. Have you ever seen a book cover where the name of the celebrity providing an endorsement for the book was larger than the author’s name? This little trick is used to catch a book buyer’s eye because publishers know that big names sell books. I have found that this effective book marketing strategy is underutilized by independently published authors. A recent informal survey I conducted of independently published books showed that only 20 percent (1 in 5) touted an endorsement. As an author, you should seek endorsements for your book.