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Kindle authors what have you been doing to promote your novel besides posting here.

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Posted on May 1, 2011 11:45:50 AM PDT
I hope I'm not annoying already but I forgot to add, I did paid advertising too, with Armegeddon Books. They send out a newsletter with 8,000 subscribers. It costs $50.00 for a month sponsorship. I did this in December and my sales soared! I also placed a banner ad in the Christian Advance a division of Ingram for $50.00. This was for Christian bookstores to purchase books.

Patience
SCARS: An Amazing End-Times Prophecy Novel

Posted on May 1, 2011 12:03:56 PM PDT
I don't really do much promotion here anymore since it's so frowned upon, but I maintain a website and it has a blog that I update at whim. I also have a Facebook page for my novels, but I don't know how to use it or if it does anything for me. I also tweet about not only my books, but other author's books as well. I don't really know how successful these things are, but my books are selling slowly, but surely.

Eric
SEAMS16: A New Home
SEAMS16: Arrival
Sam And The Dragon

Posted on May 1, 2011 1:39:56 PM PDT
Patience: Thanks, I am about a 1/3 of the way though your novel. When I am done, I will post a review.

Survival at Starvation Lake

Posted on May 1, 2011 1:45:48 PM PDT
Patience: My email address is on the front page when you click on my book title on Amazon. If you email me, I will send you a link that talks about twitter and how you can link it to your Amazon Author Central page. I know nothing about Twitter myself, but when I get a chance I will read up on it.
Survival at Starvation Lake

Posted on May 1, 2011 1:47:37 PM PDT
Facebook facebook facebook.

Everytime I finish a short story or novel, I post the cover art on my facebook page, and a lot of my friends post it on theirs, etc.

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My biggest sellers KINGDOM OF ARTHUR 1: THE ILL-WINDS OF CHANCE, ONE HALLOWEEN EVENING, SEUSSITIS, and BURIED DEEP all have sold incredibly well for someone with no marketing or ad experience.

Posted on May 1, 2011 2:03:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 1, 2011 2:09:33 PM PDT
Doug DePew says:
I'm still really new at this game, but these are the things I've done:

Post here and at other writing message boards like Kindle Boards.

Posted on other message boards where I've been active for years telling them I wrote a book. That's been very effective because many of the boards are already within my genre.

Blog and Twitter: I still have no idea if that's helping, but I'm starting to figure them out. I'm not a big fan of either one.

Facebook: I have a fan page for the book and have run a facebook ad since early March in the US and Germany. It's getting clicks and some are turning into sales. I mainly wanted to get the word out. I've also gotten the book spread through several other related facebook groups. I have six fans in Germany now, so somebody is noticing.

Book contests and fairs: I set up through my publisher (Outskirts Press) to enter several book contests and be displayed at all of the major book fairs this year. I don't know if that'll help or not, but it gets the book out there. It was the most expensive thing I've done, so I hope it at least does some good. It can also be done individually, but I took the lazy way and bought a package.

Donations: My book is a military memoir, and I've donated it to several related museums. (National Infantry Museum, Cold War Museum, and Pritzker Military Library)

Reviews: I have received several reviews and I'm working on more.

Fliers: I've posted fliers at local libraries, grocery stores, and all over my alma mater. I found almost every public bulletin board I could find and posted one. I have a big stack to do more soon.

I'm about to start sending marketing packets to major news outlets. My book fills a niche that is about to become very active in the news (the twentieth anniversary of the end of the Cold War). Surely, somebody is willing to look at it. That's relatively cheap to do.

I really appreciated the tip on craigslist. I never even thought of that! Most of my efforts have gone into facebook because it's such a huge network. I've been working on speading across facebook. I'm also working on Goodreads now. That's a big community. Thanks for the tips!
Doug DePew
SAT & BAF!: Memories of a Tower Rat (paperback)
SAT & BAF! Memories of a Tower Rat (Kindle)

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2011 2:15:37 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 1, 2011 2:16:29 PM PDT
@Page Turner (Rita Wheeler), great question! To some degree you're right; at the beginning it can be hard to build an audience. But if you've written a book then you certainly can write weekly blog posts containing anything related to subjects important to you. Even short posts can build traffic and comments. With good keyword research and SEO habits, people from the world over will eventually find your blog. If they enjoy your posts, they might check out your books.

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In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2011 2:31:44 PM PDT
Thanks Gary I hope you enjoy SCARS! I will send you an email tomorrow about twitter. Just got home....

Thanks again!

Patience
SCARS: An Amazing End-Times Prophecy Novel

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2011 2:36:00 AM PDT
Linell,

This is not a good sign. Publishers shouldn't force their authors to do the marketing. If the author WANTS to, fine, but this shouldn't be the norm. I know many new publishers ask authors to hand in a marketing plan, but frankly: why going with a publisher then and giving them money for... doing what exactly? I hope you didn't get sucked in by Publish America.

Posted on May 3, 2011 2:42:04 AM PDT
I think Jason's book deals with a lot of on this topic.

There's many things one can do, I've got a blog which I update regularly, not only on writing, but also about my iguana and recipes or the sales. I offer free excerpts on the stories on my blog, as well as WIP and the next book which will be out soon. I'm also on facebook and twitter, though I only use twitter regularly to post links to either my blog or the book itself.
I contacted the local press and told them about my book, did a press release (there are free sites), and sought out blogs that review books, connected with bloggers in the same genre, etc.

Stella
Excuse me, where is the exit?

Posted on May 3, 2011 5:53:24 AM PDT
Page Turner says:
Linelle,

I do so agree with your views on paper-publishers now pushing promotion off almost totally on new authors. What a sad day when it has come to the place where if you aren't a celebrity or well-known in the political world, or a Koontz or a King with a long and lucrative track record, that you are on your own even if you manage to attract an agent and then (hopefully) end up getting published.

I appreciate all I've learned on this thread and really admire those who are computer savvy enough to take advantage of all the internet offers. I especially am impressed with the "ads" Patience has out there on Facebook. All I can say is WOW, and again, wish I was clever enought to follow her lead.

Rita

Posted on May 3, 2011 6:02:23 AM PDT
Terry Spear says:
I blog on several different blogs, have a website, am on Facebook and Myspace, belong to writing groups, RWA, give a free weekly read in my newsletter, go on blog tours where review sites or other bloggers will permit author interviews or guest blogs, have my current upcoming cover in my signature line, teach online writing classes, all which help to get the word out.

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Posted on May 3, 2011 6:56:35 AM PDT
MelindaC says:
I'm doing just about everything everyone else has listed - Facebook, Twitter, blogging, guest blogging, interviews, reviews. I've also done a little bit of paid advertising on Goodreads, and I have to say I saw enormous results from that. My sales tripled and I went from being on the "to-be-read" list of about 12 people to being on the list of 55 people. My plan is to do it again in the near future.

Melinda Clayton
Appalachian Justice (Cedar Hollow Series Book 1)

Posted on May 3, 2011 7:22:50 AM PDT
Gary Ballard says:
It's not one thing that has been the MOST important, but a big combination of things. First, posting on these forums helps. But getting a review from a prominent Kindle reviewer like Red Adept Reviews helped even more. Tagging is also a HUGE help. I went from being obscure to appearing on the first pages of searches for cyberpunk due to my dogged efforts tagging and swapping tags. Using social media helped a little, mostly in getting connections with people who would review my book and then publicize that review. Amazon reviews help a lot as well, especially in conjunction with the tagging.

Gary Ballard
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Posted on May 3, 2011 7:29:44 AM PDT
Jon Olson says:
Alienated my friends, and posted daily on Kindle Boards.

The Petoskey Stone

The Ride Home

Posted on May 3, 2011 7:33:30 AM PDT
M. Fraser says:
Hi everyone

This is the most useful thread I've seen on here so far. I've really been struggling to promote my fantasy novel Windchaser (The Heartstone Chronicles). It doesn't help that of my 200-ish facebook friends only about 10% would bother even reading a fantasy novel. I've got it in eBook form on Amazon UK, US and DE, and Smashwords, and it's available in "physical" form from Lulu. I've had it out since December and only sold around 50 copies. I geniunely can't afford advertising, and while I've managed to get a few websites to review it (Fantasy Book Review and a few bloggers, is all), none of the reviews are up yet.

At this point people usually just start to suspect it's rubbish, I think, but the kicker is that I've had some really positive feedback from everyone who's read it. There are excerpts up on Wattpad, Authonomy, Necrotania, Writing.com, and on my blog www.windchasernovel.blogspot.com, but for some reason I just seem to be hitting a brick wall over and over. I even have a facebook page set up for the novel itself which has recieved a few likes but not generated any interest. I'm apparently well-networked, but it's not helping!

If anyone has any immediate advice as to what I'm doing wrong, it would be greatly appreciated lol.

Mick

Posted on May 3, 2011 11:49:53 AM PDT
Re Craig's List, what category would you use to list your book? I'd heard of people doing that before, but never tried it.

As for me, it really doesn't seem to matter what I do. Sales stay the same--low. I've received great reviews from independent review sites as well as Amazon readers; I've done interviews, been featured on others' blogs, but nothing seems to help. I tried the Facebook thing, but I can't quite figure it out so I quit that. Ditto for Twitter. I do post on some of the boards when I have something relevant to say, but most of the time it's just ignored. I've also had bookmarks advertising my books handed out at book fairs. I know part of the problem is that two of my books are published by small publishers, which means I have no say over price. But it should also mean that my writing was good enough to snag a contract too.

So back to the Craigs List, which category please?

Joyce
Where Dreams are Born
Rubies and Other Gems - the Novel on sale now for .99
Serendipity House

Posted on May 3, 2011 11:53:01 AM PDT
Joyce I think facebook is rather crap to promote and market. Thing is Olli tells Jenni and Tom, then Tom tells Marc, but Mark has heard it from Jenni already.

Try twitter and link your blog in author central. Which reminds me... I need to add my twitter account :-)

Posted on May 3, 2011 12:06:01 PM PDT
Lynnly Damm says:
Seriously great tip about the Craigslist ad. Thank you so much!

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Dark Mansion

Posted on May 3, 2011 12:06:05 PM PDT
Doug DePew says:
Craigslist has a books section, Joyce. I put mine on there in several locations right after I saw this.

It's pretty easy.

Posted on May 3, 2011 12:08:41 PM PDT
Midnight Eyes I have a pop culture oriented blog, and I'm trying to post more frequently on it now. Recently did an interview with science fiction writer Robert Lory, reviews etc.

I do Twitter as well, try to tweet links to my books and communicate with other writers there etc.

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2011 12:36:58 PM PDT
Love this idea!

Posted on May 3, 2011 1:03:34 PM PDT
Basically, I try everything. Something's gotta stick...
I wander around Kindle Boards and comment on discussions.
I'm on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Scribd. I have an account on MySpace but I don't go there anymore. Does anyone go there anymore?
My books are on Smashwords as well as Kindle.
I have a website AND a blog. I've been swapping blogs with a number of authors I've met here and on Kindle Boards. It's fun.
Since my books are also in paperback, I attended the LA Times Festival of Books this weekend. What we REALLY need for these venues is an app for our phone that allows us to sell our e-books. Know of a way I could do that? I'll also be doing four music festivals this summer, an author's festival and heritage festival in the fall, a writer's conference, etc.
I haven't paid for advertising yet. But that may be around the corner.
My sales aren't spectacular. But they are sales. My buddy, Michele Scott (whose sales ARE spectacular) says I must be patient. *wait*wait*wait*wait*

What Would Erma Do? Confessions of a First-Time Humor Columnist
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Posted on May 3, 2011 1:07:48 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 3, 2011 1:09:04 PM PDT
Are you serious? Let's see:In the last two months, 7 libraries , five blog posts, writing/editing two novels and one SS. Oh yeah five tweets and a dozen FB pieces.

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2011 1:10:31 PM PDT
Only if you let it be crap. I find FB an amazing and efficient way to stay in touch with fans, other writers an d even family.
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