I am fairly new and know that different people market their books in different ways. I wanted to start this discussion to give others and myself different ways to market. Any comments would be appreciated.
1. Do Interviews with people that host book blogs.
2. Make a book trailer.
3. Have a book giveaway.
Now it's your turn!
Make a 60 second book video trailer and distribute it to video and social networking sites like YouTube and Facebook.
Thanks Alana for the advice.
Also, I have joined as many social media sites as I can and started profiles there. They have showed up under my name when I search the Google search engine.
I am still new to marketing books but if your interested in self publishing you could make a kickstarter project. I have recently made a kickstarter project for a children's book that I wrote called "The Cloud Factory." My only problem is learning how to market the project outside my own sphere of facebook friends. :-/
any advice could help.
the project is here: ( http://kck.st/XAcQjm )
good advice! I will definitely do that. :-)
Here is a fabulous discussion that just took place around this topic. It started as "where do your marketing dollars go?" and turned into, "how do you market cheaply or free?" Tons of great ideas flowed forth. Check it out!
Make sure your book has 50 reviews on Amazon. That way Amazon starts to recommend it to people outside of your normal group of friends and you get more sales.
Have a website! Mine is currently under construction, but you can do so much with a website for your book!
Have an email based on your website url and be sure to include the FB, website, twitter and other information on your signature. Every single email you send with anything having to do with your book- send via that email.
Another route is to google "news articles + your book topic" and check out to see if any articles have been written about your genre. Then, contact the writer of the article and let them know you read their article and then offer to send them a free copy of your book. So, for example, I googled "news + hitchhiking" and contacted every writer I could find. Only one contacted me, but he ended up reading my book, enjoying it and then he posted a review in an independent newspaper he owned in WY.
You can also google search book bloggers + whatever your book genre is and then contact them to see if they are willing to review your book. Most of them will, you just send them a free copy. You can go to technorati.com and find the book bloggers with the most traffic and contact those bloggers as your book would be visible to more people if you found someone to review it.
I also searched "local authors (my hometown)" and learned there was an author exhibit about to happen at the main branch of a local library. I sent them a copy and it is now featured it on a table in the main lobby alongside other local writers for the month of February which is their 'Local Author Exhibit". So search and see what events or activities are in your town for local authors.
Another idea I read somewhere online that I thought was good is to contact a local bookstore and offer to do a reading from your book. Of course, have plenty of copies available for sale!
I'm also a new writer. I love marketing and have a small business in San Diego that is doing quite well. I'm looking forward to checking out that link provided by Kristen Elise.
Great tips. Thanks for your info.
-Wattpad (great website for authors!)
I would check this website out as well