How Not to Market Your Book – 12 Rookie Mistakes – Written By Frances Caballo

Frances Caballo provided us with an excellent blog post, showing us 12 rookie mistakes and tells us what not to do in book marketing. Thank you very much Frances.


Did you just publish your first book? It’s an exciting time, isn’t it? You’re probably thinking that now it’s time to market your book.

To learn about how to market your book, you’re probably reading blog posts like mine and absorbing as much information as you can.

Writers put so much energy into writing their books that they have little time to think about marketing them until the final edit is done.

That’s when your head tends to come up and when you stop typing. You think to yourself, “It’s time to publish!”

Mistakes You Make When You Market Your Book

No. 1 – You Start Too Late

The first mistake writers make is that they focus solely on their writing and not on their marketing while they write a book.

Sure, your writing needs to be top-notch, but if you don’t start to market your book early enough, it won’t matter how well you wrote your book.

To read the entire blog post go to:

https://socialmediajustforwriters.com/how-not-to-market-your-book-12-rookie-mistakes/

How to Sell More Books: A Tale of Fishing & Catfishing – Written By Kristen Lamb

Kristen Lamb provides us with a new educational post about how to sell more books. Thank you very much for all your efforts, Kristen!


How do we sell more books? This is the big question all authors ask (myself included). Obviously, there are countless opinions about how to sell more books, but not all opinions are created equally.

Thus, before we hop onto the latest marketing/promotion fad we’re wise to understand why traditional marketing doesn’t sell books. Books are not like cups of coffee or breakfast cereal, and thus require a different approach.

Yes, ads, marketing and promotion campaigns sell toilet paper, soap, and toothpaste because seriously…who is NOT USING this stuff? When it comes to influencing what folks do with their free time, however, it’s a whole other game.

Writers are unique as well. Yes, we really are special unique starfish. And, since we are responsible for producing the product, we need a social media approach that leaves time to write great books.

This said, what’s the critical element that makes a book a mega success? Is it lightning in a bottle? Black magic? Voodoo? Can we buy it on Amazon? Is it banned in Georgia?

To continue reading Kristen’s blog, go to:

https://authorkristenlamb.com/2019/02/how-to-sell-more-books-a-tale-of-fishing-catfishing/

20 Book Marketing Ideas That Take 10 Minutes Or Less – Written By Jenn Hanson-DePaula

Jenn Hanson-DePaula of Mixtus Media provides us with 20 book marketing ideas that don’t take too much time. I’m sure I’m not the only one grateful for this information. Thank you Jenn!


If there is one common thread that runs through every author it’s this: we don’t have enough time!

Sometimes when we see a huge task ahead of us, like book marketing, we tend to focus on it as a whole. And that can be overwhelming – which can make many of us put it off for another day, or just give up on it all together.

But when we break it down a bit, there is actually a lot we can get done in just a few minutes a day.

So I thought I would share some tasks that take 10 minutes or less that will vastly improve your book marketing.

These are tasks that can be done quickly during your lunch break, while you’re waiting in line to pick up your kids from school, or even during commercials breaks while watching your favorite show. It helps you get things done – and each task usually takes less time than you thought.

  1. Research hashtags. Think about keywords your ideal reader would use to find your book. For example, #ya, #mysterybooks or #novels. When you search that hashtag, more suggestions will be offered. Keep a running list of those hashtags and start using them in your posts or start liking and commenting on posts that use those hashtags as well. Your engagement and audience will grow! You can get your list started by downloading our free hashtag list.

Continue reading the entire blog post HERE

 

 

Book Marketing – And Why It’s Very Important To Me Right Now

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Right now, with the first book of my series about to be published, I’m keen to read about good marketing tips and tricks. This week I found many really helpful blog posts and articles covering this topic.

First I want to thank The Story Reading Ape for his amazing blog where posts like these can be found.

Last week I found the following educational, helpful and very informative blog posts:

 

Ari Meghlen: How to get the most out of your Calls To Action

Chris McMullen: Amazon Is A Dynamic Marketing Environment

Joel Friedlander: Have You Pre-Sold Your Book?

Frances Caballo: Every Author Needs Visual Marketing

 

Each one of these blog posts has taught me a lot and I want to thank Ari, Chris, Joel, and Frances for all their work to help us, beginners!

Thanks for all your support!


 

Time Travel – A Recurring Theme in Science Fiction

Read what Author Don Massenzio has to say about time travel. As a successful author this subject is quite familiar to him. Thank you very much for your very educational blog post, Don!

Author Don Massenzio

As a reader, my fascination with time travel began as a child. When I first read The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, I was enthralled by the idea of travelling either backward or forward in time.

Traveling backward could allow one to catch glimpses of historical events or important figures. You could go back and wander among dinosaurs. Similarly, traveling forward gives a view of the development of man, technology and the future of our planet.

As I sat down to write my book, Extra Innings, I was fascinated by the different views of time travel that have been used in fiction. This post will discuss those various theories and I’ll give you a view of my thought process in landing on one.

Here are some of the theories that have been presented in fiction:

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  1. Precognition – This is the idea of seeing the future during dreams or through…

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Do You Want Your Books in Barnes & Noble? – Written By Judith Briles

Thank you very much for all the information you’re providing us with, Judith. We really appreciate your help and support. I’m convinced I’m not the only one who would love to see my book in Barnes & Noble one day!


Do you want your books in Barnes & Noble?

If yes … here’s the truth …

YOU HAVE TO SUBMIT TO B&N for bookstore consideration and purchase. ALWAYS. You submit to the SMALL PRESS DEPARTMENT.

And yes, there are hoops you need to jump through.

 

To read Judith’s full article, go to:

https://thebookshepherd.com/do-you-want-your-books-in-barnes-noble.html

 

Tips & Tricks to Get More From Your Facebook Advertising Budget

Thanks a lot for more tips and tricks and all your help and hard work to keep us informed, Nicholas!

Nicholas C. Rossis

You may remember Ilan Nass of Taktical Digital from his recent post, The Essential Facebook Metrics for Authors. This post, also by Ilan, can be considered as part two. It was first published on Istomedia’s blog.

Tips & Tricks to Get More From Your Facebook Advertising Budget

Facebook mobile | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's bookFacebook is the world’s largest social media network, and that means that it offers some of the best online marketing opportunities available. While this large potential audience is great, you have to consider the fact that your advertising content is in competition with the more than 5 million advertisers on Facebook.

It’s not enough to simply have a Facebook page and post some ads; you have to find ways to make your ads attractive and make the most of the opportunities that are available. One option is to partner with an experienced Facebook advertising firm that knows the ins and outs…

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Book Marketing: 5 Ways To Spice Up Your Amazon Book Pages – by Chrys Fey…

On The Story Reading Ape’s blog I found a post, written by Joanna Penn and Chrys Fey about how to spice up your amazon book pages. Thanks so much, Chris, Chrys, and Joanna.

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on The Creative Penn:

Intro by Joanna Penn:

There are many ways to market your books, but most marketing will drive readers to your sales page on the online bookstores, and there are ways you can improve it so they stick around and buy.

In today’s article, Chrys Fey outlines how you can improve your Amazon book sales page.

Continue reading HERE

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7 Ways To Use Infographics To Promote your Book

Amber Wilson guest posts on Nicholas Rossis’ blog on how to use infographics to promote our books. Thanks so much Amber and Nicholas.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Amber Wilson | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksThis is a guest post by Amber Wilson, an experienced ghostwriter currently employed as a content strategist at ThesisHelpers. She is fond of science fiction and poetry. Amber believes that technology and progress will change the world and dreams of becoming a best-selling author one day. Feel free to contact her at G+.

Infographics As A Powerful Book Promotion Tool

Spaceship comparison Infographic | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Part of a popular Infographic comparing various spaceships popularized by TV series and movies. Visit pics-about-space.com for more!

Placing links on various social media platforms create awareness for your book. But, as many authors are discovering, it can be hard to build your author brand on that alone. Have you ever considered using Infographics to promote your book?

Infographics can be a powerful book promotion tool, offering far better returns than photos and book covers. That is because your targeted audience will find it easier to understand and retain…

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