Monday, March 14, 2011

Promoting a Book

It's tough to know where to start promoting a book. Some publishers will help you out, but if you're an indie or publish with an ebook company, you may have some work ahead of you.

Getting involved in reading and writing forums is a great place to start. Read what others have done to get their books noticed. Make a blog and invest some time into reading others' blogs and commenting. You'll find tips everywhere once you start looking.

Be willing to give copies of your book away. Word-of-mouth is the best way to get your book sales. If you write a good book, find a few readers and possibly reviewers, get your name and projects out there on the Internet as much as possible, you have a good chance of getting more sales.

What if none of these things work? There's a lot of competition, but many readers are voracious and looking for the next good read. It may be that your book isn't as polished as it could be. It may be in a currently unpopular genre. Try writing or publishing another book.

Contact book bloggers who might be interested in reviewing your book. This will get more word out about your novel.

Don't give up and keep on networking. And keep writing books people want to read!


Cherie Reich said...

Great post, Lisa. I've found that you can promote your book, yes, but what really draws in the readers is promoting yourself. The more you're out there, then the more likely they'll come across you and then find your book.

Aubrie said...

What I want to read is not always what the general masses want to read. I struggle with that one!

Great post!