When I first started promoting my novel MRS. LIEUTENANT online in April of 2008 I was pretty clueless what to do. The novel had been a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition, and through this competition I had inadvertently learned what a blog was.
From that moment I was on a quest to learn as much as possible about marketing online. After learning things the hard way, I co-founded a social media marketing company to help others benefit from my knowledge.
Here are eight tips for information that can help you be less clueless than I was:
1. If you are a fiction author and want ideas on blogging, see the free report at www.fictionmarketing.com
2. If you are on LinkedIn, join the Book Marketing group, which is now an open group. (Search under groups for “Book Marketing”)
3. If you are on Facebook, “like” the Facebook Page Queens of Book Marketing at www.facebook.com/bookmarketing
5. Read several book marketing articles at http://budurl.com/bookmarketarticles
6. Explore Aggie Villanueva’s book promotion site http://www.visualartsjunction.com/ and be sure to check out her reports on Amazon. (She has uncovered some amazing information.)
7. Tony Eldridge’s book marketing site at www.marketingtipsforauthors.com has an abundance of good information. See especially his product on creating effective Twitter contests.
8. Publicity Hound Joan Stewart has a terrific weekly free ezine that I read faithfully ever week. Sign up for it at www.publicityhound.com
Just don’t feel you have to do everything – and especially not all at one time. Find the marketing ideas that work with your style and time commitments.
But do start somewhere with at least one new marketing activity. If you have poured your heart and soul into writing a book, you do want others to know about your book and hopefully read it.