- File Size: 471 KB
- Print Length: 215 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Mark Coker, via Smashwords; 2 edition (June 25, 2011)
- Publication Date: June 25, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004XR57PE
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Smashwords Book Marketing Guide - How to Market any Book for Free: 65 Book Marketing Ideas (Smashwords Guides 2) Kindle Edition
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Despite being somewhat outdated the book has practical advice on how to market the books and to take advantage of the Smashwords platform tools. I also found the marketing tips useful, some of them are things that I would have thought on my own,others were new to me ideas.
If you publish with Amazon KDP there is no exclusivity agreement and you can use other publishers. However, Amazon KDP Select (with its benefits) requires exclusivity. Amazon monitors other platforms and your book will disqualified if they find it on other channels. Be aware that unpublishing the book does not remove it instantly from other distributors, it takes a number of days for the books to be removed so one needs to be careful not to run into trouble with the rules.
Ali Julia review
The writing was good. I liked the overall tone and feel for the book. Coker has a way of coming off very helpful and conveys each tip in very simple easy to understand concepts. I liked that there are ALOT of examples! You will find information on preordering, blogging, cross promoting, press releases, you name it! It's in here.
I found this book to be very helpful as my journey has already started. I'm eager to put most of these tips and practices into effect. Most of all these tips are simple, yet practical and have yielded effective results for other authors.
Smashwords has become the defector standard for writers seeking sales throughout cyberspace. This 52 page marketing guide is as solid and comprehensive as any 52page booklet can be.
Note that it appears not to be fully updated, though. The book states that they are distributing through Amazon, but, their web site indicates that not all books are currently distributed through Amazon due to some hang-ups resulting from Smashwords 200,000 book catalog. It seems that if your book doesn't achieve sales of $2,000, at least, Smashwords will not send it to the online book retailer.
As I understand, though, you still can distribute through Amazon yourself, but, beware, you cannot utilize the exclusive 70% royalty provisions if you also go through smashwords.
Anyway, however or through whichever distributing method you desire, you will gain greatly by reading Smashwords Book Marketing Guide - How to Market any Book for Free. This is one how-to that no self -publisher should be without.
Pas other reviewers have stated, and as the author himself states, many of the points are common sense or are nothing new. But, some of these tips are outstanding, and new.
Further, Coker does a good job explaining and demonstrating by example several of the points --- even to the point of, as some have noted, of making this booklet a marketing ploy for his web site and his own books. But, and this point is missed by those reviewers, most of the books he links to are books and guides provided for free, rather than to boons he's trying to sell.
I am convinced that Mark Coker is onto something and is letting us all in to reap maximum benefit. This book, as is Coker, is the real deal. I will certainly provide my books through Smashwords and Amazon KDP to maximize potential for sales.
Do I recommend Smashwords Book Marketing Guide? Absolutely. Should you choose not to read this booklet, you will be missing a great opportunity and are doing so at great peril.
Kudos for helping make publishing worldwide available for the rest of us, Mark Coker.
I recommend any author taking self-publishing seriously, and that includes marketing their books, to read this book. It is well put together and will hopefully conjur up some other ideas on how to promote your book.
He suggests joining various aspects of social media, facebook, twitter, linkedin, and gives examples of marketing methods through them, though he warns marketing shouldn't be over emphasized. At the moment I'd feel guilty in joining one of them because my aim indeed is to stimulate sales of my book.
My concern is if I were to follow all his suggestions and create accounts on facebook and twitter. I'd have no time to write and publish. Joining all those programs of social media certainly would require an inordinate amount of time, of which some of us have precious little. I'm happy just to strike off this review for MC.
I remain convinced, however, his book is an excellent reference piece and I commend him highly for giving it to us. My intentions are to use aspects of it when ever I can and I recommend it to all authors. Even readers who are not authors or would be authors would find it useful.