May 17, 2013
Book Marketing, Book Promotion, marketing, Pinterest, self publish, Self-Publishing, self-publishing books
When used appropriately, social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn can be effective tools for book marketing. The hottest social media trend right now is Pinterest! Like the other social media sites, it can help self publishing authors facilitate communication with current and potential readers, generate sales, and increase awareness of their books.
This photo sharing site enables users to “pin” images and videos to virtual pinboards, or “Boards,” and share them with others. Users can organize their pins based on their interests; a few popular examples are food, books, travel, and style. When other users see a pin they like, they can repin it onto one of their own Boards. Think virtual word-of-mouth marketing!
The visual and social nature of Pinterest make it a perfect fit for book marketing. Here are a few ways you can use the site to promote your self published book.
1. Become active on Pinterest and begin networking with people who are pinning in your areas of interest. People are more likely to want to support people that are active in the community versus people that are just pinning to promote a product or service. You can search on Pinterest for topics related to your interests and your book and start following Boards you find “Pinteresting.”
2. Create your own Boards. Keep in mind, Pinterest was created for people to share images and interests. Your Boards need to be visually appealing, contain lots of images, and they should give potential readers some insights into your interests and why you wrote the book. If you have a poetry book, for example, you may choose to Pin graphics with quotes from your favorite poets, thus allowing you to begin connecting with other Pinners who also like poetry.
3. Upload images related to your book. These may include cover images, illustrations, locations that were featured in your book, and/or people that provided inspiration for your characters.
4. Pin quotes from your book or short selections to entice people to learn more about your book, spread the word and purchase their own copy.
5. Include links to your website, your publisher’s website or book retail sites so people know where they can purchase your book once you’ve got them “pinterested.”
Pinterest is gaining in popularity, so now is the time to get active, have fun and start promoting your self published book if you haven’t already.
October 16, 2012
Jodee Speaks, Uncategorized
Book Marketing, book pricing, book publicity, copyediting, cover scribe, custom cover, interior page layout, Self-Publishing
Hundreds of thousands of books are published each year. As a self-publishing author, it is important to make your book stand out from the crowd. Here are six ways you can make your book a stand-out
1) Hire a Copy Editor
Self-publishing authors are sometimes perceived as amateur authors because many choose not to have their manuscripts professionally edited. Copyediting is an important step in the publishing process at traditional publishing companies. As a self- publishing author, it is essential that you still complete this step. If you want your book to be perceived as professional, it must be edited by a professional.
2) Consider Cover Scribing
Even though we were all told by our English teachers to never judge a book by its cover, all readers do. In fact, your book’s cover is one of the most important factors when readers decide whether or not to purchase your book. If you want your book to stand out from your competitors, cover scribing is a great option.
3) Splurge on a Custom Cover
Another great way to enhance your cover is by choosing a custom cover. The art as well as the words on the cover represent both your book and you as an author, so you want a cover that is unique and appropriate for your book.
4) Consider an Enhanced Interior
The interior of your book is especially important if it includes many pictures or tables. Readers expect your book to be formatted professionally, so it pays to hire a professional to help format your book.
5) Don’t Forget About Pricing
The price of your book can prevent readers from purchasing it. You want to price your book competitively. This means that the price is high enough for you to make a profit and be seen as credible but low enough to attract readers.
6) Marketing and Promotion is Key
No one will buy your book if they don’t know it exists. There are many ways to market and promote your book, and many self-publishing companies offer marketing and promotion services. To learn more about the options available, contact your self-publishing company.
I’d love to know, how do you plan to make your book stand out?
||ABOUT JODEE THAYER: With over 20 years of experience in sales and management, Jodee Thayer works as the Manager of Author Services for Outskirts Press. The Author Services Department is composed of knowledgeable customer service reps and publishing consultants; together, they all focus on educating authors on the self-publishing process in order to help them publish the book of their dreams. Whether you are a professional looking to take your career to the next level with platform-driven non-fiction or a novelist seeking fame, fortune, and/or personal fulfillment, Jodee Thayer can put you on the right path.
August 29, 2012
Kelly Speaks, Self-Publishing
Book Marketing, Kindle, royalties, Self-Publishing
Whether you are a regular visitor of this blog or this is your first time here, something led you to us. Maybe you are interested in self-publishing or some of the specific topics discussed on this blog (like book reviews or book marketing).
In many cases, our readers come to us because they searched a particular term on Google or another search engine and that led them to one of our helpful posts. Below are the top 5 questions readers ask that bring them to our blog. Perhaps you will find answers to some of the questions you have about self-publishing (each question is conveniently linked to a post that discusses the individual topic in more detail):
- How much do authors make? – This post discusses what self-publishing authors can expect to earn in royalties and some of the considerations when it comes to successful book sales.
- How much does it cost to publish a book? – Read this post from Wendy Stetina as she advises on what self-publishing authors can expect to invest in the publication of their book, including professional cover design, copyediting, production and marketing.
- How do you market a Kindle ebook format? – This guest post from Dana Lynn Smith has been a top post for months. As the publishing industry shifts from hardcopy to ebook formats, authors want to know how to increase their ebook sales. Dana tells us just how to do that.
- How can you use tags to promote your book on Amazon? – A post by…yours truly about how to use Tags to help customers find your book on Amazon.
- Where can I find self-publishing advice? – This one doesn’t have a link because you’re already here! If you haven’t done so already, subscribe to the Self Publishing Advisor blog (top right corner of the page) and you will receive our posts directly in your email inbox. We’re glad you’re here and hope you’ll come back for more.
I would love to know, what other questions do you have about self-publishing?
||ABOUT KELLY SCHUKNECHT: Kelly Schuknecht is the Vice President of Outskirts Press. In addition to her contributions to the Outskirts Press blog at blog.outskirtspress.com, Kelly and a group of talented marketing experts offer book marketing services, support, and products to not only published Outskirts Press authors, but to all authors and professionals who are interested in marketing their books and/or careers. Learn more about Kelly on her blog at http://kellyschuknecht.com.