If my article is to explain my book, is it still advertising?

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  1. Leigha Havard profile image60
    Leigha Havardposted 3 years ago

    I created a hub explaining what my book is about and shared a link on where it can be found. It was like a small book report/review. I wasn't making remarks telling people to buy the book, I was simply throwing knowledge out there about a new book!

    1. Christy Kirwan profile image93
      Christy Kirwanposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, the type of article you describe would be considered overly promotional.

      1. Leigha Havard profile image60
        Leigha Havardposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Who else would review my book then?

        1. poppyr profile image92
          poppyrposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          I'm assuming it's self-published, otherwise you wouldn't be asking that question.

          There are plenty of ways for indie authors to promote their novels. Unfortunately, writing a hub promoting it isn't one of them. I wish you luck with your new book big_smile

          1. Leigha Havard profile image60
            Leigha Havardposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            I wasn't trying to promote it! Just do a small book report on it for my portfolio!

            1. Leigha Havard profile image60
              Leigha Havardposted 3 years agoin reply to this

              A jump start to my freelance writing.. the hub was a base to make it article form

              1. Leigha Havard profile image60
                Leigha Havardposted 3 years agoin reply to this

                I appreciate you all answering the main question at hand!

  2. psycheskinner profile image85
    psycheskinnerposted 3 years ago

    ...In the hope they will buy it. IMHO that is self-promotion.

    1. Leigha Havard profile image60
      Leigha Havardposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I see your point but I have other projects now to where that's my last priority. I just wanted readers to know that it exists! I mostly used it to show my artwork and that I have experience writing!

      1. psycheskinner profile image85
        psycheskinnerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        I struggle to see how a person knowing a book exists but discouraging them from buying it is a goal, except when you are saying a book is bad or dangerous.  Hubstaff reviewing the hub will tend to assume the opposite.

  3. Leigha Havard profile image60
    Leigha Havardposted 3 years ago

    So let's say I do articles about certain types of art and I use my work as examples.. I'm not asking ppl to buy my art but isn't that promoting too?

    1. theraggededge profile image98
      theraggededgeposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Not if they aren't for sale.

      1. Leigha Havard profile image60
        Leigha Havardposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        I let people request art and sell it to them! Not had any luck in the last 5 to 6 years!

        1. Leigha Havard profile image60
          Leigha Havardposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          I started on hubpages to gain experience to possibly look into freelance writing or to write for magazines, etc. I didn't come here to promote myself!

  4. theraggededge profile image98
    theraggededgeposted 3 years ago

    It's simple Leigha: if your book is for sale anywhere, you can't write about it, promote it or link to it.

    To get around the restriction, you can add your own website to your profile. And you could mention that you are a published author in your profile bio.

    You can use your artwork on a hub because you aren't linking to anywhere that you are selling it.

    The place for your book article is on your own website, blog, or Facebook.

  5. Leigha Havard profile image60
    Leigha Havardposted 3 years ago

    I used hp to create the article to put on my websites, no one can click on them and get content if it's not published

    1. theraggededge profile image98
      theraggededgeposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I just looked at the article about your book and it is completely promotional. You have links to Amazon and to Barnes & Noble. You've added screenshots of Amazon reviews.

      HubPages says: Please note that promotional links are links that you have any interest in promoting (your blog, your Website, affiliate offers, etc.).

      https://hubpages.com/faq/#overly_promotional

      Christy, an HP staffer, has already told you such an article is considered promotional.

      1. Leigha Havard profile image60
        Leigha Havardposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        I am aware, and I let it go when she answered, I didn't want backlash.. just a simple yes or no!.. I got it!..

        1. theraggededge profile image98
          theraggededgeposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          Okay, now you've removed the links and screenshots, so that's good. You still show the book in its shipping packaging.

          If you are going to use it on your website, it's a good idea to unpublish it so it isn't visible on your profile. It'll still be visible on your account, so you won't lose any of it.

  6. Leigha Havard profile image60
    Leigha Havardposted 3 years ago

    I had to buy my own book, so I took a picture to show the size.. the shipping backage doesn't say who it came from!

 
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