I have to wonder how to spread my time with websites. This has been an ongoing problem for me and I keep changing my mind. If I spend the time it takes to go through blogs, websites and forums, I lose time doing what I want to do - write. It takes time and concentration to write a book. Then the marketing comes and that requires more time, except I am already working on the next book.
So....how should time be allotted and where are the best places to go so I spend the least amount of time doing this. How about we list the best sites that work for authors promotions.
I was just thinking about that very thing yesterday. I wind up spending so much time trolling these sites that I have no time left to write. I've been allocating a certain amount of time per day to do marketing, and then I move to other things. This is all very time consuming, but it needs to be done. If you come across any useful sites, please pass on the information. I would love to learn of more ways to promote my work.
My problem is if I start with going through the blogs and websites by the time I get done to start writing I'm tired or the day has gone by or I am just through with banging on the keyboard. What type of books do you write?
Maybe you should do the writing first, while your mind is still fresh, and then spend a few hours on the marketing. I've read that the best time to post things is between 11am-1pm. Those posts get the most traffic. I write historical romance with a twist. I like a hint of mystery and supernatural to keep the stories fresh.
BTW, can you share some sites that you've found helpful? I love this site, but I don't know of any more like it. Have you done any blog tours?
I haven't done any blog tours. Not really sure how to. I am fairly new to all this and haven't gotten into it with whole heart. One site to try is http://forums.nathanbrandsford.com. He used to be an agent and has a great set of forums and info on his page about writing, agents and publishing.
Thank you. I will check it out. I am relatively new to this too, and I've learned some useful things. I am doing a blog tour in the UK this week. I found the blog organizer through this site. I was hoping for a surge in sales, but so far, I've seen nothing. I think my money is probably better spent elsewhere. But, it was important to try.
Have you done any one thing that really increased your sales?
Nothing has changed as far as sales go. My latest book, Dirt, just came out and I am trying to find sites to promote it. I ma not sure about blog tours - really need soemone to tell me about them. I seen them but I don't know how to get on one and what I am suppose to do on it. I notice a lot of them advertise their books for free. Don't really know how that increases sales - It will increase awarness of the book but don't know if that transends into sales.
I'm an author who has appeared on a few blogs just by contacting review sites direct with a synopsis and asking. They will either send you a list of questions or ask you to choose a topic related to your book to blog about. I think you have to target the blogs carefully though (do they read your genre etc.?)
I'm also part of http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/22646.Orangeberry_Summer_Splash_... which is fantastic because someone else is doing all the admin! I can't tell you yet if this will translate into increased sales but I know they have several http://www.orangeberrybooktours.com/p/sign-up.html tours throughout the year and so far have found Pandora to be very organised, professional and Twitter savvy (no, I'm not on commission!)
I don't know if you have an e-book or p-book but if it's the former I say be generous with the giveaways. Better people read it and spread the word....
Thank you for the information. I did sign up with goodreads and need to spend some time there figuring it all out. My book is hard copy and ebook. Ebook is available on all formats so I hoe when it gets through the distribution channels I will some activity.
So you tried the blog tour and found it didn't make much of a difference? I am currently building my audience prior to the release, and I have been working on assembling a blog tour. I have been wondering what the best actions here are. I have been picking bloggers that review on Amazon and goodreads to maximize my online presence, did you try that? I do think a big part of book sales has to be local at first. I think you have to make contact with local groups that appeal to your readers, and make your presence known. I will let you know if it works. Right now I have 3 book clubs waiting for release, and one book store that scheduled me for an event, but I did all that leg work with my family's help. However, I expect it will not boost sales as much as it will get people talking.
Have any of you tried building a trailer for your book to rev people up? I make them for several people, and several reasons, here is a link to one I made for a fellow author. The Pirate heir. Then you can put them on several book trailer websites. And tweet them.
As a blogger I have the exact same problem. Somedays I spend so much time trying to get my blog's name out there that I don't actually get any writing, reading or review done. I find that it helps to alot a certain amount of time each day for networking, its amazing how much you can get done when you tell yourself you only have twenty minutes to comment on other blogs! I find that most of my traffic actually comes through Book Blogs probably because I spend most of my time netowrking, on this site.
As for promoting your book, I would highly recommend asking individual bloggers to review your book, uf you aren't ready for a blog tour yet. I know that I have certainly found books I want to read by reading other blogs.
Best of luck!
Thanks Sarah. I will try to find other bloggers who may be interested in reviewing the book.