We all want easy ways to promote our books, don’t we?
I’ve tried many techniques to promote my books in unique ways, especially on social media. So sit back and take some notes. :)
1. When you’re editing your book, create a list of fun facts to share.
2. Post short dialogue as statuses or tweets
3. Find some of your best descriptive paragraphs, share them.
4. Create picture quotes that are thrilling, engaging, or inspirational.
TIP #1: Use your own photos or get permission to use another's.
5. Create a recipe based off something your characters cook in your story.
6. Beth Kennedy in Hurricane Crimes wrote poetry, so I penned a few poems in her name and posted them on my blog HERE.
7. Did you delete any scenes that you loved? Make a post out of it. I have.
8. Did you have to rewrite the ending? Share the alternate ending.
TIP #2: Make sure to include spoiler messages for the deleted scenes and alternate ending posts.
TIP #3: You can try all of these ideas for your website and newsletter as well.
TIP #4: Include the Amazon link after all of these promo statuses and tweets.
Now that you have some ideas to promote creatively on social media, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of promotion. When your book first comes out you may be so stressed and excited that you may not do enough promoting.
First things first, you’ll want to make the announcement EVERYWHERE.
When one of my books comes out I make announcements on:
2. Facebook groups
3. My blog
5. Yahoo Loops
6. Goodreads Groups for Writers/Readers
7. Google + (And I tag the extended circles.)
8. Google + Groups for Writers/Readers
9. She Writes
10. Update my website with my new book.
11. Fix my email signature by putting “OUT NOW” next to my new title under my signature. Sometimes I include a link.
12. Create a headline on The Romance Reviews. (You have to be a member to do this and it has to be approved.)
And I always:
13. Create a Goodreads event and invite everyone.
14. Set up a blog tour. (I can't say enough how much this helps. It really does. If you doubt it, give it a try anyway.)
So what can you do? All of these things! Look at the social media you’re part of and every single group you’ve joined and make a list of them. On release day, use that list to spread the word.
Now that you’ve made the necessary announcements and have some unique promo posts scheduled to go up on your Facebook and blog over the next couple of months, it’s time to check out sites that you can add your book to. These sites are places where readers may come across your book.
Promo Sites I Add My Books to:
The Romance Reviews (For romance only.)
Wanton Reads (No Children’s books or YA.)
Bargain Sites I’ve Submitted My Book to for a Sale:
**There are a lot more sites. A ton, in fact. Some cost money, many only accept novel-length books, or only promote free books.
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