Okay, maybe that wasn't the best title for this discussion but I wanted to get someones attention.My new ebook is getting ready to go out into the world of book selling chaos and I am gearing up for promoting it. It is my first YA and the audience is going to be a little different than my other books.
Those of you that write YA - is your approach different than if it was general fiction.
Hi, Sharon. I would try advertising on Facebook. Young adults spend hours on FB every day (I should know, I have some at home). You can run an add relatively cheaply. It might catch their attention. They also love going on Youtube. Some people make trailers for their books.
Thank you for the information. I am trying to put a trailer together that I can post on youtube. I will check into facebook ads. I know most young people have to get their parents permission to download a book so I am hoping to also get some exposure on adult websites.
I know that Amanda Hocking--who seems to be doing okay (ha ha)--attributes her success to book bloggers who post reviews on their websites. Linda Wisdom depends on them too for word of mouth.
Absolutely, Facebook book groups and reviewer pages as well as goodreads.com, are also great resources.
A few months ago, I attended an RWA meeting and the featured writer said she'd only had one sale from goodreads. My impression is that like Twitter, everyone is on there to sell, not to buy. I get tons of e-mails everyday about giveaways and book events via goodreads. I've been planning to post an author page anyway, but I don't feel inspired. I have noticed that since I posted a page on manicreaders.com, I've gotten a few views on my blog from that website.
Your comments are exactly the same as mine several months ago. Most of us on these websites are trying to sell our own books - not there to buy. So I am never sure how much time and energy I should spend blogging and following. I do feel that reviews may perk someones interest if they are in the market to buy. We are all readers and we have to get our books somewhere - why not from authors that we become familiar with through these sites.
So I will spend what time I can and hope it draws people to my website and develope a following of readers who purchase my books.
Thanks to all who have given their time to respond to this discussion.
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Thank you for sharing with me. Great information . I will check into your websire and check it out.
Your on the right track your title got my attention..My advice, I would make sure I have a sound marketing strategy in place all these different social media platforms can be very time consuming if you don't have a plan. And I definitely wouldn't recommend you doing your own book cover or a video unless you're a professional videographer or graphic designer because those two elements have to look very professional first impressions are lasting and in addition the feel of the title, the book cover and the video all have to match with your books concept. I have a lot of helpful articles on my site here's one that may help; 5 dos and don'ts for self publishing authors http://minoritiereport.com/archives/1212
I have a professional doing the cover and I hope to work with a local group to do the trailer. Marketing for YA is going to take some work since I have to be able to hit all the right places to get recognized.
I will check out your site and hopefully glean some important information.
Thanks for taking the time to respond to this discussion.
The book takes place in 1933 during the great dust bowl in the o klahoma panhandle where two young people try to fool the town into thinking their parents are still around and survive during the process. Not your average YA with all the trappings of today's stories that lend to great artwork for the cover.
Congratulations on your book. I have a list of sites with different stages of the publishing process that may help.
The sections are the at bottom of the page marked as HELPFUL LINKS FOR INDIE WRITERS
Good luck with your book.
Any help is appreciated. Going strickly ebook on this one and see how that works. Got buyers already lined up to purchase as soon as it is available.