“Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.” —Napoleon Hill
Many of us authors dread marketing our books. It’s difficult, time-consuming, and often we’re unsure it works.
The least we can do is open our weary marketing eyes and grab the promotional opportunities directly in front of us. Those ripe plums.
When someone tells you they enjoyed your book and why, say thank you and ask them to post a review on various sites. Most, because they enjoyed your work, will leave at least one review. Make it easy for them. Say all they need to write is what they told you about your story. Email them links to the spots to write reviews on online bookstores and reader sites.
2. “Persons of Influence”
Here are examples of my plums. Notice, in none of these did I seek the plum. Those plums appeared because I worked on friendships or put myself out in the reader world.
• A friend in my church invited me to her book club. I thought joining a book club too time consuming, but I accepted her invitation. I learned she wanted me to visit once to introduce me to the local bookstore owner who attended the book club. The owner offered to set up an event for Calculated Risk at her store.
• I posted about the two women who were the only ones to attend my first local library event. They were involved in eight library book clubs. They suggested I come back. I asked if they’d promote to their clubs a second event. They assured me they would.
• A few friends asked me to let them know if I ever did a book signing in my former city. I knew I should arrange an event there at a library, a bookstore, or my former church. It seemed overwhelming. Then a librarian friend from my former church emailed me. She wanted to buy a copy of Calculated Risk for the church library. A plum. Who better to help me arrange an event in that city? I asked, and she graciously agreed to help.
• A popular author and I have the same agent. Though time-consuming, I’m active in our agent’s email group for her authors. When I announced my contract for Calculated Risk to the group, this popular author emailed me and offered to interview me on her high-traffic blog.
3. Conference Centers
Many have bookstores connected to them. You pay the fees and do the work to travel to and attend conferences at these centers. Why not ask their bookstores to carry your book. The bookstore rep I called yesterday said they usually carry a few of attendee authors’ books if they asked. And since I’d asked, she’d carry mine.
Pluck the promotional plums hanging in front of your nose. Click to tweet.
So, keep active in writer and reader groups, put yourself into the reader world starting with small events, and be alert to the plums that drop in front of your nose.
Which promotional plums directly in front of you did you pluck?
Lovely blog, Zoe. I’m in the midst of trying to figure out promotion for my new Inspy YA. It’s been stressing. I’d love for some plums to show up in my life. 🙂
Thanks, Cindy. In an upcoming post, I’m going to give a list of marketing ideas. Maybe something will hit you for your YA.
Some great ideas here and good encouragement. Thks for the gems!
You’re welcome, Carole. As I said to someone else, so far no prunes.