This is the second entry in the series in which I share the progress and tasks of my book-marketing plan for my second book coming out mid August. The first entry last week began with my setup tasks.
Tasks Performed This Past Week
- I contacted 26 promising people to help me as influencers for Gift of the Magpie. So far, 14 have agreed to help me.
Suggestion for Influencers
- I sent email letters to my influencers, welcoming and thanking them and detailing 18 possible tasks they can do to help me. I suggested a mix, because some are strong in social media and others are not. I listed such things as:
- Announce the book on their social media places and on emails to friends.
- Write an honest review on Amazon, Goodreads, other bookstore sites, and include it in their emails to friends.
- Follow my Amazon page.
- Post the back cover blurb and the endorsements written for my book on their emails and social media spots.
- Tweet and/or post to Facebook book quotes I send them.
- Announce my giveaways and when the book is free or on sale.
- Interview me on their blogs.
- Know I’m available for speaking events.
- Ask their local libraries to order the book.
- Suggest my book to their book clubs.
- Feature my cover temporarily on their Facebook header.
- Distribute bookmarks.
Contacts for Announcements
• I created address labels for invitations to my local book launch party.
• I added email addresses collected from events held for my first book to my email list to announce my second book on the release date.
• I designed and ordered my bookmarks and business cards.
• I asked my publisher for the ISBN and other book information to design my postcards. I will give them to bookstores and libraries and send them as invitations to my book launch party. Bookstores and libraries appreciate the postcard because it has all the information they need to order books: Cover, title, ISBN, and my contact information.
Guest Blogs and Parties
• I drafted two more posts for blogs on which I’ll be a guest. I now have four posts drafted out of seven guest blog invitations.
• I prepared an agenda for the upcoming meeting with my helpers for the local book launch party.
Keeping Me Straight
• I updated my Excel Marketing spreadsheet – this is invaluable in keeping all my marketing efforts straight and remembering important information.
º I added new tasks and subtasks. On each, I included contact person, cost, task due date, date I’ll work on the task (I added these dates to my calendar too), and other notes.
º Updated notes, needs, and progress on tasks already entered into the worksheet.
Over the next several weeks, as I record my efforts and progress for Gift of the Magpie, I’ll also include tips. I hope you’ll follow along and share your tips and thoughts too.
Diary of a book marketing experience—Entry 2: influencers and other promotion activities. Click to tweet.
Published authors please share with us. Which promotion activity was most helpful in giving your book exposure and sales?