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MiMiParis
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~~Marketing~~

Can we start a thread on MARKETING our books.  What are some of the best ways to market our books?

 

MiMi

mimiparis.com

 

http://tinyurl.com/23vcb53

~~Phunny~~
http://tinyurl.com/23vcb53
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KC_May
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Re: ~~Marketing~~

I have several ideas on my blog:

http://fantasyauthor.blogspot.com/2010/10/book-marketing-tip-1.html

http://fantasyauthor.blogspot.com/2010/10/book-marketing-tip-2.html

 

It's not complete (I have more tips), but it's a start. I just need to get the rest edited & posted.

 

 


KC

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novelimagination
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Re: ~~Marketing~~

Hello,

I will be publishing my novel soon (waiting on some reviews first).

I, too, am interested in marketing ideas.

My family requested (you can always count on family,lol) a signature. So that got me to wondering. Since I don't have a book in print and only an eBook, how can you have a "book signing"?

Perhaps you can have book marks with your cover on one side and info on the other. Tacky?

 

Marketing idea?

** Billboards! There's virtually no competition for that. A little expensive but hey, EVERYONE can see it!

 

Just a few thoughts

 

 

The Chimney Still Stands on "eStands" everywhere! :smileyhappy:

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PhreaQ
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@ Novelimagination:

 

Your idea of stickers reminded me of books at B&N with author's signatures who couldn't do book signings at a specific store.  B&N sent them a bunch of labels for them to sign and send back.  I think that's how I got Eric Idle's sig for The Road to Mars.


novelimagination wrote:

Hello,

I will be publishing my novel soon (waiting on some reviews first).

I, too, am interested in marketing ideas.

My family requested (you can always count on family,lol) a signature. So that got me to wondering. Since I don't have a book in print and only an eBook, how can you have a "book signing"?

Perhaps you can have book marks with your cover on one side and info on the other. Tacky?

 


 

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novelimagination
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Re: ~~Marketing~~

Hmm, interesting. I'd never heard of that.

The Chimney Still Stands on "eStands" everywhere! :smileyhappy:

AND...I am now available for Virtual Author Visits via Skype!
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MiMiParis
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Re: ~~Marketing~~

Several of my friends want to "gift" my ebook to others for the holidays.  Any ideas on how that can be accomplished?  My book is "Phunny." http://tinyurl.com/23vcb53

 

Thank you~!

~~Phunny~~
http://tinyurl.com/23vcb53
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ZetaBlue
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You can now "sign" an eBook! Check out this New York Times article for details.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/14/fashion/14NOTICED.html?_r=1&ref=books

 

 

Rachel Simeone
Book Marketing Coach
www.zetablue.com

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ZetaBlue
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This may sound simplistic, but what I have found works best for book marketing (any marketing, really) is to know who your target audience is and then go where they are. The way you approach them, although  important, is really secondary to ensuring that you are communicating with the right person.

 

Hope this helps! I love marketing!

 

Rachel Simeone
Book Marketing Coach
www.zetablue.com

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John_Gaffield
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This is basically a copy of another post I did awhile back, but . . .

 

Here are a few ideas that I have tried with my books:

- I have submitted information on my books to my college alumni association for the alumni newsletter.
- I just posted information on my books to my high school reunion blog.
- I selectively post information on my books on these boards on the threads for authors.
-I am a member of http://theindiespot.org/ which is a blog for independent authors and readers to interact.
- I have a GoodReads author page.
- My second book was featured at http://spaldings-racket.blogspot.com/ .
- I have 3 free short stories availble at B & N.

    - Did this by publishing them at Smashwords and it is distributed to B & N and other sellers.
- At the end of my books, I included a bio, links to my other books from that seller, and a link to my author page for that seller. (got this idea from the Smashwords Style Guide)

- I take detailed critical reviews to heart to improve my writing skills.

- When my sales are high enough ($200 for one book), I want to investigating joining horror.org for horror authors.

Sales are still a bit slow, since I am still somewhat new, but I know many of these are helping or they will help at some point.

Good Luck!
John Gaffield

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The-Duke
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This is a little easy to do thing that has had surprising success for me.  I created a little logo about being a writer and put a couple of my titles on it plus listed my website and then made the whole thing a link. I did it in a program I have called AALOGO which is very cheap and as easy to use as can be. I made the thing about 400 x 400 pixels but can expand or contract it as necessary.  Now whenever I send out an email to a bunch of people I put my logo at the top. I'm a member of a joke list and I am forwarding at least a dozen or so jokes a day to around fifty people. I don't put my logo on all of them as I don't want to be associated with some of the jokes. But it goes on at least 75% of the jokes I send out and I have been doing this for about three months now.  I'm starting to see some of the emails coming back around now and my logo is still there as most people just forward them on without cleaning them up. I clean them up every time I send them out.  This means my name and web site are being seen by a lot of people. Both visits to my website and my book sales have gone up because of this. It really works for me. Ifg you would like to see the logo my website is listed below.

 

The Dukester

Visit Duke at his website! http//:www.duke-davis.com

You can see his books, get a link to buy them, and read a bio of the guy.
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ZetaBlue
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Re: ~~Marketing~~

Sort of like a visual "signature" that goes at the top of the page instead of the bottom. This is a great idea!

 

Rachel Simeone

Book Marketing Coach

http://www.zetablue.com

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The-Duke
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That's right, it's just a video signature. I keep it in a directory and just do a picture insert and put it right where I want it.

 

The Dukester

Visit Duke at his website! http//:www.duke-davis.com

You can see his books, get a link to buy them, and read a bio of the guy.
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Hello all,

I am the owner of Classics Reborn publishing I publish thousands of books on many networks including B & N as you can imagine I have lots of tips on marketing. Here's one that works very well Free press release.com its free to  use and i have gotton so far around 25 thousand hits that go hopefully to look at and sometimes purchase my publications.They offer paid releases but the free ones work well enough o start your marketing dreams. After you publish your release make sure you share it on all the book mark sites , social networks and most important google. The company gives you the op[tions to share easily on 100's of networks go ahead go crazy go viral and take aloook at my books on B &N since I gave you such a great tip maybe even read one.

 

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/classics-reborn?keyword=classics+reborn&store=ebook

 

If you like thrillers I personelly wrote Prisoner of cell 21 it's only .99 cents

 

Overview

This is the semi-fictional story of an innocent, good man who goes to jail for a crime he didn't commit. He then comes out a changed man; a real criminal much worse then what the courts ever thought he was. He joins a crew from contacts he made in jail who make their living robbing drug dealers. All the while he plots and partakes his revenge on all the people responsible for his incarceration. The prosecutor, judge, public defender and the witnesses must all pay the ultimate price. His crime spree is full of action, sex, con games and gambling from Middletown to New York City, from Philadelphia to Atlantic City. The characters are colorful and realistic all modeled after the real people the author met in jail on his own little vacation. If you have ever dreamed of getting revenge on the incompetent court system of this country this novel will captivate you.

Highly Recommend this book!
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Escape for the time it takes to read this important book. You deserve It!
If you ever wondered what it would be like to lose everything, what would you do to get back your life?
All this and a Great Riveting Story, High Action, Adventure and Romance (sex)!
See all the cons , gambling, sex and characters so real maybe you will see them coming and be ready!
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http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/99cent-ebook-a-prisoner-of-cell-21-stan-singer/1110502693?ean=294001...

 

If You like fantasy try my book A Sword at Sunset it's even illustrated by me!

 

Overview

A Fantasy Story you will never forget!
Full of action ,sword play, monsters and magic!
Highly Recommended!
Award winning novel about a knight's squire, on a quest full of danger in the world of " The Game of Thrones"
Fully Illustrated with fantasy art work from the author!

 

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-sword-at-sunset-stan-singer/1110624521?ean=2940014397506

 

 

The bottom line is even above are good examples of marketing add copy is so important. When you right copy it needs to excite the reader into action .You must give them reasons why they will benifit if they make the purchase or scare them they will be left behind if they don't .This is Book marketing 101 !!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will make you all apromise if I see a bunch of new sales on my books , mine personelly I will Give you all some more fantastic tips reply back what you think of my personel writing and with an email and I may even make your book my next project every thing i touch turns to gold. Good Luck to all of you with your books and keep reading your fellow authors work it makes the wheels turn and keeps us in toys for the children!