THE WRITER-AUTHOR-MARKETING SPECIALIST – Week IV
Christmas Day is just around the corner! Is there still time to introduce your book(s) to prospective buyers? Yes. YES! The excitement of the season brings out more buyers than shoppers—right now—with statistics rising every year about those “last-minute Christmas Eve shoppers.” PLUS you’ll have media partners assisting you without spending a penny of your marketing budget! What? Did I say media—as in newspapers, radio and TV? Oh…yes! If you’re like me, you’ve been witness to their push since the end of October. I first noticed our TV news-journalists starting their “countdown to Christmas” on the evening news on October 30th.
How do we make the best of this 48-hour Holiday Book Marketing season? Here are a few ideas.
- As a published author, you’ve heard the term “Tribe.” A good friend of mine calls these folks her “Peeps.” They have been supporting your writing efforts for a long time—so now is the time to send a THANK YOU email to each and every one—with a bottom line request that they mention your book(s) on every social media site they can.
- Post your book cover on Pinterest making sure the “about this photo” section has the online buying address of Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, and your publisher. Several statistics from last year indicate that 48 % of last minute shoppers say Pinterest sent them to stores for their final gift purchases.
- Consider helping your local bookstore by doing a FREE Author-Reads Hour to “help alleviate the stress of last minute shopping by offering people a moment to sit down, rest, and listen to a good story.” So many of bookstores have a coffee corner which would be a perfect setting. They will love the idea of encouraging people to stay in their store rather than leaving and shopping elsewhere.
- Don’t forget your neighborhood Coffee and Conversation spots. I know of several within a 10-mile radius of my home who ask their author clientele for Excerpt Reading Not only is this an excellent place to personally sell—and autograph—your book(s), it is also a great opportunity to build your Tribal Community of reading friends. Don’t forget to set out a notebook where they can sign-up—with name and email address—for Breaking News about your new writing projects.
IF you happen to be an author of a Holiday Season/Christmas book—for any age group or genre—this is an especially wonderful time of year for you. Novels such as A Bell for Christmas in Landria Onkka’s Miracle Series make excellent gifts for Readers who enjoy a good mystery that adds a Christmas Miracle. And, of course, an appreciation for poetry (a bestselling genre at Christmas) definitely increases right now. I’m considering this collection of inspirational poems—Celebrating Christmas by Inez M. Peetz—for my Aunt of 87 years who continues to be a voracious reader of all styles of poetry and loves reading to the children at her church. Each verse is beautifully illustrated and highlights the Christmas story as foretold by God’s prophets and angels.
WHY would I consider these purchases today? Because Amazon will deliver them tomorrow!
May your Christmas/Holiday weekend be filled with great happiness, my writing friends. Keep your creative candle burning brightly and absorb the memory moments. They will give you inspiration for stories you’ve not yet written! ⚓︎
ABOUT ROYALENE DOYLE: Royalene has been writing something since before kindergarten days and continues to love the process. Through her small business—DOYLE WRITING SERVICES—she brings more than 40 years of writing experience to authors who need “just a little assistance” with completing their projects. This is a nice fit as she develops these blogs for Outskirts Press (OP) a leading self-publisher, and occasionally accepts a ghostwriting project from one of their clients. Her recent book release (with OP) titled FIREPROOF PROVERBS, A Writer’s Study of Words, is already receiving excellent reviews including several professional writer’s endorsements given on the book’s back cover.
Royalene’s writing experience grew through a wide variety of positions from Office Manager and Administrative Assistant to Teacher of Literature and Advanced Writing courses and editor/writer for an International Christian ministry. Her willingness to listen to struggling authors, learn their goals and expectations and discern their writing voice has brought many manuscripts into the published books arena.