As my release date looms in the near future, I am still desperately dreaming up ideas to promote, as well as trawling through the huge amount of advice on the internet. It is daunting to a novice like me. I thought I would share with you what I have done so far and how effective they have been. But I would LOVE to hear from ANYONE out there, who has useful advice for me!
So far, this is what I have been doing to try and get the word out:
I have built up a fan page on Facebook for my book – good for spreading the word, but I have realised that you cannot overdo the posts as people become uninterested.
I link my blog and Amazon to Twitter – this does seem to bring more people to my blog, not sure how effective it is with Amazon link..how do you tell? Also have not worked out how to tweet Facebook stuff yet.
I have joined Goodreads – I am on there, but have not quite gelled with this yet, do not have many friends on there and not sure how to go about increasing this.
I have created an author bio on Amazon – I am please with the changes I have made to this, it sounds more professional and although I did not have a pro-photo taken, it is a more formal picture than previously.
I am running a competition to ‘celebrate’ the launch of my book, on Facebook – This seems to be going well, it is a coffee set as my main character LOVES coffee, but if I am honest although it is spreading my name, I am sceptical that it will create more sales.
I have had little cards printed and have been trying to give those out to people locally(it is set locally) & sent them further afield to family and friends to give to a friend or two- people seem to really like these. I made pretty ones, with enough information to be found on the internet and my hook for the book.
I have contacted the local radio station – do not think this is going to happen though.
I have contacted the local newspaper- still waiting on this one.
I have also joined some online free book promo groups – This is a more recent thing, so I cannot tell yet whether this helps or not, but my feeling is, that it is better to be in as many places as possible rather than hidden away.
So, as you can see, I feel as though I have pretty much exhausted what I can do! Does anyone out there want to share ideas on here? I am keen to hear FROM YOU!