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- Publisher : Jack A. Langedijk; 1st Edition (June 1, 2017)
- File Size : 1352 KB
- Language: : English
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication Date : June 1, 2017
- Lending : Enabled
- Print Length : 250 pages
- ASIN : B072Q59HZQ
- Enhanced Typesetting : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,419,546 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There is a huge volume of information about marketing self-publishing books: books, newsletters, courses, and tutorials that target new authors to help them launch and market books. What I like most about this book that it is packed with information without any fluff - there is no chatter just lists of information. The book is quite lengthy and because of the format the author chose the density of information is higher than any other book on self-publishing I have read.
The books is not just a list of questions, V.V. Cam offers terse explanation of key tasks (how to create a good author page, how to select best keywords, how to advertise, how to run giveaways and so forth), templates of letters, links to additional resources (such as headline analyzer, list of power words). The book is very thorough.
If you have time to read just one book on marketing your self-published book this should be it.
Ali Julia review
For any new, or recent writer whose sales are in the doldrums, this book is for you. If you’ve Googled searched, you’ll know there are tonnes of marketing information on the Internet, but what is lacking is a decent structure to build a marketing strategy and plan. This is where ‘Everything I Learned About How To Market a Book’ scores highly. V.V Cam has a professional marketing background, and she has put her hard-won knowledge and experience to good use to drive the sales of her husband’s book ‘Because’ by Jack A Langedijk, to a respectable level for both paperback and Kindle editions. Now she is sharing all she knows in this very complete ‘how to…’ book. You only have to look at the Table of Contents to see how complete she is.
Note; this book is not for wimps. I love ‘How to…’ books, but it’s one thing to buy the book, another to read it, but it’s a totally different matter putting into practice all the ideas and suggestions. It’s at this stage many authors give up – tenacity, dedication, commitment and a realistic budget are paramount. As V.V Cam points out, there is no marketing silver bullet.
However, V.V Cam has come to your aid with predesigned, downloadable templates, self-analysis questions, a plethora of web links to useful resources, and a copious amount of hints and tips.
I have no hesitation in recommending this book to any serious self-published writer. And if you are a first timer contemplating writing the next best-seller, I suggest you read this book to understand the world you are entering into. You’ll realise writing a book is relatively easy! With Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords, Draft2Digital, etc. listing over nine million books for sale, you soon appreciate it’s a formidable challenge to break into the top 20% where you need to be if you are looking to earn a living from writing. The only real chance you have of doing this is to adopt the strategy so comprehensively laid out in this book. And finally, does the strategy work? Only time will tell. I’m fully on board and will let you know in 12 months.
The author supplied me with a free eBook ARC for the review purposes.
“Everything I learned about how to market a book” is a collection of valuable information you would find on the internet; assimilated in one place. V. V. Cam gained insight into self-publishing and self-marketing when she was trying to help her husband publish and market his book. In addition to having a professional marketing background, she draws from her personal experiences with self-marketing solutions to potential problems that authors might face.
Obviously, the best person to market your book is you! You know your book inside out and you know your intended audience. V. V. Cam’s book harnesses this knowledge and stresses the importance of knowing your values and intentions for the book. This book walks the reader through each and every step in detail. It describes marketing strategies, the “connect, convince and care” phases of marketing plans, marketing tactics, public relations, promotion, publicity and customer retention. The book also advises the readers on how to handle their target audience and social media.
The internet is such a vast place that it is easy for beginners to get carried away and feel lost. The book, with the help of a series of thorough questionnaires and checklists, guides the reader though the process of marketing. In addition to having proper marketing strategies, V. V. Cam urges her readers to be more vigilant and to quickly act on any opportunity they get. She stresses that timing is almost as important as content. She encourages her readers to be persistent and patient. The questionnaires and checklists can be downloaded or printed. “Everything I learned about how to market a book” provides the reader numerous ways to establish credibility, increase visibility and to ultimately increase sales.
The author goes into detail about her work on her husband Jack’s website and how it helped them get his book recognized. She provides important links and checklists so the reader can track his or her progress gradually and carefully from one stage to the next. She also gives pragmatic solutions to possible hurdles that all first time self-marketers would face. V. V. Cam stresses on the importance of “standing out” and proceeds to list a few innovative ways that might help aspiring authors to be unique in working out a marketing strategy for their book.
The hardest part of self-marketing is getting started. “Everything I learned about how to market a book” helps the readers align their books with intentions and values suitable to them and constantly work at moving in that direction. The questionnaires and checklists help keep the readers on track. This book is a great read for anyone who has already published a book and is looking to increase sales. Self-marketing helps in saving time and money.