Hello, fellow Indie writers! If you'd like more of an intro., please scroll down to see the post "5 Indie Book Promotion Tips for Beginners." Suffice it to say, after four months of promoting my own books – a memoir, Impermanent: How I Became a Loveless, Trailer Park Nomad, and a book of poems, Two Birds and a Wolf – I'm still, for all intents and purposes, a novice, but I have accrued some knowledge to pass on. Since the first post seemed so helpful, I've put together another five sources. I hope this proves to be of service. And, hey, if it does prove of service, please consider giving a gal a boost and posting the blog on social media and/ or lookng to the right to like/ follow me in various ways etc. Let's keep this Indie Writer Karmic wheel rolling, shall we? Here we go!
1) My newest find that I want to share with you all is "Tradable Bits." For quite a while I labored (and googled) over how to connect my Twitter Account with my Facebook Author Page. Finally, the other day, I googled just the right words and found Tradable Bits free apps. There are several other apps for your fan page there, including connecting to other social media or creating contests. I connected my author page to Pinterest as well, but I'm still searching for how to connect my blog to it, if anyone has any ideas.
2) It's well-known to most Indie Writers that Goodreads is their friend, so this tip is mostly for those who are very new to the game. Signing up as an author and listing your books there is a must. The most effective tool I've found on Goodreads is the option for authors to give free giveaways of your book. Not only is this a generous act that engenders goodwill, but it has these benefits as well: A) You may get some good reviews from the contest winners. B) When people sign up for the contest, they often add your book to their to-read list, which is a very good step in the right direction.
Now, if I may offer some additional advice, when you sign up to create a giveaway, Goodreads will suggest that you offer a minimum of 5 books and that you should keep the contest open to folks outside your country. These are both lovely ideas and on my first go, I did just that. Imagine my surprise when three of the five winners were from outside the U.S. and I ended up spending a total of $130.00 between the books and the VERY pricey shipping. For my last two contests, I have offered two books and kept it local. If you have the money, you may want to keep it international, as that's a fantastic outreach. However, for me, that was my most expensive marketing mistake to date.
A last word on GR is that another great resource there are the Indie Author chats rooms. Those I fully intend to delve into more in the future!
3) The next tip may or may not be a contentious one as I'm speaking of the Twitter app., Just Unfollow. This little system allows us to keep track of who we're following that's not following us, thus enabling us to unfollow those users. I find this helpful because I like to keep the number of people I'm following to approximately commensurate with the number who are following me. That's sort of the ideal Twitter presentation. The only bad thing about the service is that they periodically tweet on your behalf listing how many folks have followed and unfollowed you that week. This is accompanied by some stab at humor. It's not ideal. But for me, I still find it useful enough to keep the service. Others find that tweet update to be too egregious and won't use it. I tried other ways of keeping track but couldn't. Do what you will, but I do find it helpful!
4) The next one is short and sweet: Vistaprint. Vistaprint is a company that specializes in paper product advertising. The bonus here is that you can get a free batch of business cards if you choose the offered designs. Pretty great.
5) OK, I've saved the mother load for last. I want to share with you the most comprehensive blog I've found on the topic of Indie Writing and promotion (she also features articles on traditional publishing). Savvy Book Writers covers all the topics from promotion, to writing, to social media use, to freelancing. The posts are short and easy to digest. The information is pertinent. What else can I say? It's a fantastic resource!
You can find the blog on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/111publishing
Or on the web here: http://www.savvybookwriters.com/blog/
There are your five tips! They should keep you busy for a while – and quite possibly for the rest of your natural born life. And, finally, I need to attest to the fact that everything I've mentioned in this blog and the initial post are things that have genuinely helped me. I was not approached in any way by these companies or individuals. I'm not receiving kickbacks from anyone. This is all on the up and up.
So with that settled, happy promoting! And, ahem, don't forget to write, as that's really what it's all about.
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* If you're interested in reading the poetic follow-up to my memoir, take a peek at my new book of poems (poems from the last 12 years), Two Birds and a Wolf. Both on Kindle and in print here: https://www.createspace.com/4409014