Encourage readers to open the door to your writing
I've had the opportunity to sharpen my marketing skills both as a indie author and as an author published by a small press. Here's some of what I've learned from these experiences...
When marketing your newly released book, do you show or tell?
Tell: Tweet: Buy my book
Tweet: My book is available for 99 cents this weekend
Tweet: My book is free for a month
Tweet: Have you bought my book yet?
Why tell your potential readers to buy your book when you can show them why they should?
Show: Blog: Tips for starting to write a book
Blog: Interview with my muse about my latest writing project
Blog: Virtual book launch party
Blog: Podcast -- first chapter of my new book
Well-written posts shared as you live your author journey will build a supportive community -- a community of friends that help you build a successful career.
More marketing advice....
Kimberley Grabas advises you to ask...
Why did you write it?
Who did you write it for?
Read her article: 2 Must-Dos to Make Your Book Marketing Infinitely Easier
And you may want to read Kristen Lamb's helpful article Be a Peep NOT a Pain--How to Use Twitter Effectively
Also read this helpful article Five Social Media Marketing Tips for Authors
Next Monday: And then, writing transitions
Sharing my author journey...
Saturday, January 23rd I attended the Robert Burns celebrations in the Ag. Hall on Mayne Island.
Who was Robert Burn's?
Here's an informative article.
As I prepared for this evening, I wondered...
what if your words could live forever
what if people all over the world, year after year, celebrated not only your words but also your life
what if, even though your writing was hard for them to understand, they found beauty and profound meaning in your words
I heard about this amazing contest -- Conville and Walsh's Word of Mouth Prize -- last week, and ever since I've been working on a submission.
For the ins and outs and ups and downs about this contest, please click this link
Update: I sent my submission away yesterday. : ) Fingers crossed.