I want you to brace yourself for what I am about to say . . . Christmas is coming. Yup. This is not a drill, not a joke, and you are not hearing things. While we are sweating in the summer heat and trying to keep our gardens and lawns under control, there is something that most of us are NOT doing, something we need to add to our summer “to-do” lists and PRONTO. We need to start presenting and pitching our books for the upcoming holiday season.
You’ve done the hard work of writing your book. Now it’s time to find out what others think of it. In other words, it’s time to solicit book reviews. Not all book reviews are the same, and in the world of book reviews, there are two options: crowdsourced reviews or professional reviews. Here's the difference between the two.
With so many book marketing strategies available to promote your book, it's easy to get overwhelmed and have difficulty determining what to do and when to do it in order to give your book the best chance. In Part 1, of this series, I discussed what book marketing to work on while you're writing your book. This post goes into detail about what book marketing to consider once you've finished writing.
Many indie authors looking for marketing services do so too close to, or in some cases, after they self-publish their book. Marketing a book is a complex part of the overall publishing process and takes proper planning. This marketing timeline for indie authors is designed for the author who is just about to begin writing, however since all these strategies are important, you can begin to address each one no matter where you are in your publishing process.
Analogies between baseball and book publicity are fairly common. I use them often when speaking with authors, because baseball rules and strategy very succinctly help me get key points across.
It’s one of the most challenging tasks that can be asked of an author, to choose a passage from their book that represents, better yet, encapsulates its essence. When I owned a PR firm, most of my clients were authors, and I’d select their excerpts all the time. Piece of cake! Then I became an author, and soon discovered, it’s much harder when it’s your book.
Book marketing doesn't have to be complicated, but it also can't be taken lightly. For self-published authors, there are many book marketing strategies and tactics that can be employed, and while some may seem quite direct, or even relatively “simple,” it’s very easy to make mistakes that can derail a book promotion campaign. There are generally accepted methods and many nuances in book publicity, and if you’re going to market your own book, don’t sabotage yourself by making avoidable mistakes.
Getting your book reviewed is beneficial to achieving book sales. A positive review speaks volumes: It tells readers an unbiased third party has read your book and deemed it worthy. It entices readers with a plot description. It gives you instant credibility. But before you send your book off for review, you need to be absolutely sure you’re ready.
Every author must have an author website, and you will need to engage in online activities to drive traffic to it. This may be by engaging on social media, guest blogging on other sites, sending out newsletters, advertising, or other methods of driving people to your site. So, how do you measure your success in a) driving traffic to your website, and b) having visitors stay on your website, view your content, and hopefully purchase your books?