How to promote your books
Most authors admit that writing a book is easy while promoting their book as an independent author is a completely different ball game. In fact, the reality is that making money from your books is a hard nut to crack because there is so much to do. You are not only the author but also your own marketer and promoter. Basically, you will have to do all it takes to get the word out about your book or your books will not sell – simple as that.
So let’s take a look at some of the ways on how to promote your books:
Be active on social media
If you are not on social media, you don’t exist. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+ and a host of others are so important for marketing that it just cannot be ignored. First things first, create social profiles on all of the sites mentioned above and start tweeting, posting, linking, pinning and sharing. All of these social media sites are of equal importance and you have to be using it on a daily basis to promote your books. Google+ is making huge waves these days and rightly so, some of the links that you post will also appear on its search engines. Lots of people are buying what they see on Pinterest so if are not using it, and then you are missing out a huge audience. Google Plus has loads of communities where you can make friends and promote your books. Link your books in the “publications” section on your LinkedIn profile. People landing on your profile will see your publications. Don’t ignore the power of social media for book promotion.
Its lot easier than done, but as an author you have to have a blog of your own. You need to pen your thoughts on your website, start conversations, capture emails and potential buyers or simply promote yourself. There are a host of free blogging services from WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, TypePad, Weebly and so on. You just need to find a blogging system that you are comfortable with. Once you have created a website, create an about page where you can list your books.
Take the author poll
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There are a number of book sites such as BookMuni that will interview you and link to your books. This will get some exposure to you as an author and to your books.
Ask bloggers in your subject are if they would like to interview. Most bloggers are more than happy to do interviews. In this way, you can have yourself exposed to potential buyers. It’s amazing what can be done if you just ask.
Be active on forums
You must join book forums or forums in your niche where you can interact with others. Most forums allow you to add your link in the signature. Here you can simply add your book links and that’s all to it. You aren't actively promoting yourself but when you do answer or reply to questions on the forum; your links are left behind. And if someone is interested in your books, they will buy it.
Summary - How to promote your books?
- Be active on social media
- Do press releases
- Take part in forums
- Give your books away for free
- Get interviewed
- Get your book listed
- Start blogging
Do press releases
Whenever you publish a book, you must do press releases. There are number of free press release sites that allow you do write a body of description and even link to your book. The URL then gets indexed in the search engines giving extra exposure to your books.
Give your books away for free
I am not a huge fan of giving books away for free but some authors have had good things to say about it. You should consider giving your books away as a promo on Kindle Direct Publishing and also as hard copies and don’t forget to ask for reviews.
These are some of the ways to promote your book as an independent author. You just have to find out what works for you.
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