June is coming to a close (thank God, because July means my birthday! Woo-hoo! I’m 21 again, thanks for asking) and with it, my series of posts telling you how I sold my self-published book, the same series of posts you’ll probably completely ignore when it comes to selling your self-published book, but hey, that’s okay. If you have any luck with any of them though, you might let me know.
To recap, we’ve covered:
- Thinking Ahead. Putting your promotional hat on before the book goes to print.
- Blogging and a Book Site. Behind every successful writer is damn good blog. Or something.
- How To Send People to Your Blog. If you post and nobody reads it, does it make a sound?
- Book Trailers. Why you need one, how to make a snazzy one and one of my favorites ever.
- Release Your First Chapter. Potential book buyers are the fish and that baby’s your bait.
- Amazon Adventures. That’s the world’s biggest book store, not the jungle river kind.
- Forum Fun. No funny things happened on the way to this forum.
- Contests, Giveaways and Freebies. Everyone loves free stuff, including me.
- Fun With Vistaprint. What’s the point of being a writer if you can’t get fancy business cards that say so?
- Complimentary Copies. Because they’re free and you hope the recipients will be complimentary with their reviews. Geddit?
- Of Book Launches and Book Tours. Tip: Sending book launch invitations to your enemies is even more fun than sending them to your friends.
I think that’s enough to be getting on with, don’t you? Although if you are out of ideas, I do love this post by David Louis Endelam that details all the weird and wonderful ways he promoted his book, Infoquake. It’s from 2006 but damn does that man have an imagination. I stumbled upon this post on Beth Morrissey’s Hell or High Water blog: Marsha Moore describes her plan of action for promoting her travel book, 24 Hours London. Moore has a background in PR so she knows what she’s talking about. I’ll also be reviewing The Frugal Book Promoter: How To Do What Your Publisher Won’t by Carolyn Howard-Johnson (no relation!) next month. I wonder if her publisher won’t promote her books because she’s calls them names like that…
Before I leave you to fend for yourself or read one of the other 32,438,101 blog posts floating around the magical internet about promoting your book, let’s just quickly mention what NOT to do.
Enter Catherine’s 8 Potentially Useful Golden Rules for What Not To Do While Promoting Your Self-Published Book (patent pending): Continue reading