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Initial post: Apr 29, 2011 6:42:37 PM PDT
Survival at Starvation Lake

Feel free to post a link to your book here, but also tell us about other things you have done to promote your book.

Posted on Apr 29, 2011 7:15:00 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 29, 2011 7:15:24 PM PDT
I believe the single most important thing you can do is maintain a blog and update it bi-weekly or more frequently. Many places have free blogs for hosting and easy set-up like wordpress and blogger. If you have regular posts related to subjects of interest, people from all over the world will find you. I've been pleasantly surprised at how many readers have found my books through an absolutely free wordpress blog.
http://ebooksuccess4free.wordpress.com/
How to Make, Market and Sell Ebooks - All for Free

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2011 7:31:58 PM PDT
Jason: I just bought your book. I am sure I will get my money's worth out of it. Thanks!

Survival at Starvation Lake

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2011 7:42:20 PM PDT
Hi! My book has been picked up by a publisher but the ads and promos are up to me. I don't feel like I'm doing enough (it's not like I'm rollin' in the dough!) but I don't know how to blog. Is there a place I can go that will teach me what to do? Thanks, Linell Jeppsen, The Hunt.The Hunt

Posted on Apr 29, 2011 7:44:42 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 5, 2011 10:27:27 AM PDT
Gary, much appreciated. Linell, you can blog for free with Wordpress.com and blogger.com (2 great places)

How to Make Your Own Free Website: And Your Free Blog Too

Posted on Apr 29, 2011 7:47:35 PM PDT
I have a blog and a website too, but sometimes it is difficult to maintain them when I'd rather be writing the next book.
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2011 8:04:03 PM PDT
So, do I just go to the tags and start whaling away...putting my book in as many catagories as I think I can get away with? This is a vampire novel, but would fit in with fantasy, dark fantasy, paranormal romance, horror... Is it okay to do that?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2011 8:28:45 PM PDT
Linell: Just list any tag you think your book fits in. Like "Vampire with bad teeth" (If there was one in your book) Then if anyone searches for a book with a "Vampire with bad teeth" your book will come up. If you just tagged it with Vampire there would likely be a 1000 books that would come up before yours. That is until a number of other people also tagged your book with vampire.

For example my novel, has I believe been tagged with "plane crash" seven times. If you do a search for "plane crash" my novel is about the tenth one to come up. As long as your novel comes up on the first page, that is good.
Survival at Starvation Lake

Posted on Apr 29, 2011 8:45:08 PM PDT
Blogging is good.

I run live-action "Choose Your Own Adventures" on my blog. I post an episode on Monday, and let people vote to decide what decisions the characters will make in Wednesday's episode. When people get invested in the story, it helps drive interest in my books.

Posted on May 1, 2011 8:43:28 AM PDT
Forrest Love says:
The Old Etonian (Systemic Risk)

Blogging seems like the most logical thing to do. It also helps to create a facebook page (aside from your personal one) and get up on Smashwords and B&N Pubit! as well. I just put my book up on Friday, so my marketing strategy is just getting started. But exposure is the key.

Posted on May 1, 2011 9:10:17 AM PDT
J. R. Tomlin says:
Facebook, blogging, tweeting, posting on a number of other forums. This is the smallest part of my promotions, actually. I mostly kind of chat with other Kindle users here. :-)

I also do a small amount of paid advertising. But the biggest promotion tool for any author is More Novels.

J. R. Tomlin
A Kingdom's Cost

Posted on May 1, 2011 9:32:46 AM PDT
I wrote a blog post on this subject, Want to Sell Ebooks but it's Slow Going?

http://ebooksuccess4free.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/want-to-sell-ebooks-but-its-slow-going-heres-what-to-do/

Posted on May 1, 2011 9:38:25 AM PDT
Lynnly Damm says:
J.R.- What kind of paid advertising do you do? I've been thinking about making a banner ad for my book, I know there are certain websites you can 'bid' on advertising space and you can get space for a month or so for only a few dollars. I'm curious what other authors do to promote their books via advertising. :)

Dark Mansion

Posted on May 1, 2011 9:49:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 1, 2011 10:37:27 AM PDT
J. R. Tomlin says:
I ran an ad on Red Adept and will run another one in the middle of the month. Her ads are very reasonably priced. (Ok, I 'fess. Her ads are reasonably priced, but I won that one for my short story in her anthology. I'm cheap!)

I'd love to run an ad on Kindleboards, but haven't quite decided to spend that much money on advertising although they're not really very expensive as advertising goes. Also Kindle Daily Nation ads are said to be very effective, so I'm looking into running an ad there.

I stick with sites that are totally devoted to Kindle or ebooks which seems to be an effective strategy, and I must admit I'm pretty cheap about paying for advertising. ;-)

J. R. Tomlin
Freedom's Sword 99 Cents through May 14!

Posted on May 1, 2011 9:51:44 AM PDT
My own efforts so far have been through my blog and facebook. Of the two, facebook has shown more immediate results, but blogging is a long view kinda endeavor. I've also tried advertising on facebook, but with less than stellar results. My next step is to work up some independent reviews.

Cheers,

Michael McClung
Thagoth, All the World a Grave: Six dark tales from the award-winning author of THAGOTH

Posted on May 1, 2011 9:57:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 1, 2011 9:57:40 AM PDT
I'm hitting the overseas forums. And now that the novel is in book form, I'm hitting libraries. Tree Soldier

Posted on May 1, 2011 10:08:15 AM PDT
R. Fischer says:
Hi Gary, and thanks for posting this. I came here figuring I'd share some advice; I'm walking away with some great tips on how to help promote my new Kindle release Zombies Don't Cry! Now to return the favor: I frequently post free zombie short stories and poems on www.Scribd.com and www.Smashwords.com. It's a good way to generate some goodwill by offering free stuff, and as long as the stories and poems are good folks seem to respond well. LIke a good blog post or article, the stories and poems make for good sharing on Twitter and Facebook as well. It helps to have something other than your book to promote from time to time, and what I've found about social media is that it's as much about giving as it is promoting! I hope this helps; thanks again for opening up this thread and for everyone else for sharing their great tips.

Speaking of giving away FREE stuff, I have over 100 more tips just like this in my completely FREE eBook Zombies Don't Tweet, available here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/50890918/Zombies-Don-t-Tweet-by-Rusty-Fischer

Enjoy, good luck and best to one and all in the ongoing challenge of marketing our books!!!

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2011 10:21:48 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 1, 2011 10:29:18 AM PDT
Lynnly Damm says:
Fischer-

I just read through the first chapter of your free ebook (Thanks for plugging it!) And already there's a lot of good information that I wouldn't have thought of. I have never considered making a facebook page for myself as an author, but I think I will tonight. I'll continue to read through your tips! Just wanted to give a shout out to say thanks for sharing it before I closed this page. :)

-Lynnly

Dark Mansion

Posted on May 1, 2011 10:22:54 AM PDT
Hi Gary!

I have used several methods to promote my book; it has only been out a couple of weeks, so I really don't know how well my advertising work is going to pay off.

As my book is political in nature, I am able to utilize many forums, especially the ones on the various news sites. I comment on articles from USA Today, NPR, The Washington Post, The New York Times, the LA Times, and others. I opened an account with each so that I can log in and post the comments on various articles that are relevant to what I have written; each post contains the link to my blog in the signature block, and the blog has a link to the book on http://amazon.com.

Additionally, I keep an active ad on Craigslist that points to the book on http://amazon.com, along with posting on various free online classified sites, and maintaining an author's Facebook page that is linked to my primary Facebook account.

And, of course, asking all my email and facebook friends to "Like" it and pass on the word...

Virgil
Evolve Now! A Libertarian's Perspective

Posted on May 1, 2011 10:44:34 AM PDT
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Posted on May 1, 2011 11:01:17 AM PDT
Thomas Kelly says:
Thanks for the opportunity!
For promoting Thunder Valley, I post on Facebook, Twitter, Kindleboards, Mobilereads and even Craigslist. I have also used business cards and post cards. I also have played some online games and used the chat feature to let people know that I had written a book. I had met many people from all over the world playing those games and have sold a few books to some of those people. I have also tried to get some information to local newspapers and magazines, although, those are proving tougher to crack.
Thunder Valley (Thunder Valley Trilogy)
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Thanks again!
Thomas Kelly

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2011 11:31:39 AM PDT
Page Turner says:
Jason,
Thanks for posting. I'm new at this promoting business and have a question. I can't figure out why, if I do the blog business, that anybody would care. Nobody knows my name since this is the first time I've published. If you set up a blog, what brings people to that blog?

Thanks.
Rita Wheeler

Posted on May 1, 2011 11:35:21 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 2, 2011 2:28:19 PM PDT
Hi Gary!

I'm always learning of ways to promote but here are a few that I've learned and used this past year. I have three websites, and five videos on youtube with over five hundred friends on youtube. Two of the videos are book trailers that I made myself and the other three are about Revelation and the antichrist with a short promo at the end. I also hand out book marks!

I've been so busy so I havn't had much time to promote on youtube but the neat thing is you can witness also and make some really long lasting friends!

Something I need to learn about is twitter. Does anyone have any good books on this because I don't have a clue what to do?!

Patience
SCARS: An Amazing End-Times Prophecy Novel

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2011 11:40:54 AM PDT
Gary, I just tagged and LIKED your book!

Patience
SCARS: An Amazing End-Times Prophecy Novel

Posted on May 1, 2011 11:43:20 AM PDT
Devon says:
I maintain a web site and a blog, which I desperately need to start posting to again, now that I've gone Indie. I've also set up an author page on Facebook. I admit, I've never been the best at promoting myself. I just read a blog post by Marsha Canham that made sense. She advised pricing your book WITH the market and not above it. And we all know the preferred price (for readers) is $2.99. So, that's what I did.

Angel In The Rain

Thanks,
Devon
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