Market Your Writing

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    Alexis Kenyattaposted 16 months ago

    How do you market your writing online to get more sales because I have two self-published books, but no sales?

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      Abheek Jamwalposted 14 months agoin reply to this

      Market them On HubPages by writing a brief about them and maybe submit to a HubPage Network site

      1. theraggededge profile image97
        theraggededgeposted 14 months agoin reply to this

        Self-promotion isn't permitted here.

        You need a blog of your own. Join some relevant Facebook groups and maintain an Instagram account. Get your book onto Kindle and give it away free for a few days. There are lots of resources out there to help you.

        Good luck with your books.

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          Abheek Jamwalposted 14 months agoin reply to this

          I really didn't mean self-promotion. I mean that one can always write on HubPages about the topic you love. So what if that topic is somewhat related to your own book. You can add an Amazon capsule below regarding the topic if your book is itself listed on Amazon.

          1. theraggededge profile image97
            theraggededgeposted 14 months agoin reply to this

            There have been several other hubbers who have tried it and had any links or Amazon capsules removed. It is still self-promotion.

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              Abheek Jamwalposted 14 months agoin reply to this

              Well, I didn't know about it? Mam, Without Amazon capsules, will it still be considered as self-promotion?

              1. theraggededge profile image97
                theraggededgeposted 14 months agoin reply to this
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                  Abheek Jamwalposted 14 months agoin reply to this

                  Thank You It was really informative.

              2. Natalie Frank profile image97
                Natalie Frankposted 14 months agoin reply to this

                Yes.

            2. promisem profile image97
              promisemposted 14 months agoin reply to this

              I'm curious why a link to a relevant site of any kind is bad. I've never received a rational explanation for it.

              The FAQ doesn't say you can't have a relevant link, even if it goes to something else you have written. But the links get removed anyway.

              1. Natalie Frank profile image97
                Natalie Frankposted 14 months agoin reply to this

                It depends on what you are linking to, the type of article and content and the purpose of the link.  If you are writing a review of your own book then linking to a sales page, amazon or other, it is considered self promotion.  If it is an article on a topic you have written about before and you link to that one, then it is okay providing you are not linking from a niche site back to an article on Hubpages.

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                  Abheek Jamwalposted 14 months agoin reply to this

                  From what you are saying Mam is that we can promote our own article in a way?----" If it is an article on a topic you have written about before and you link to that one, then it is okay providing you are not linking from a niche site back to an article on Hubpages".
                  Will this be alright if I write about horoscope about one sign and give a reference to my another zodiac sign?

                  1. theraggededge profile image97
                    theraggededgeposted 14 months agoin reply to this

                    Yes that's fine, although you couldn't link to 11 of them. However, if one was moved to Exemplore you'd need to remove any links back to articles still on HubPages.com. It's to do with Google not being too keen on HubPages, and why the network sites were created.

                2. promisem profile image97
                  promisemposted 14 months agoin reply to this

                  I get the part about HP not liking self promotion. But why is it bad? How does it hurt HubPages?

                  In other words, if I link to a relevant external article written by someone else, it's a good thing. If I link to the same relevant article written by me, it's a bad thing. Why?

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                    theraggededgeposted 14 months agoin reply to this
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                    lobobrandonposted 14 months agoin reply to this

                    Scott, it is not a bad thing. Linking to your work on other websites is allowed and I have live links. The link needs to provide actual value to the reader and your article on HP should be complete as a stand-alone article too. Also, I would think that the website you link to on a whole should be decent and not a spammy website.

                    Linking to a product though is not allowed if I recall right. I didn't check out the learning center for this recently as it doesn't apply to me.

                  3. Natalie Frank profile image97
                    Natalie Frankposted 14 months agoin reply to this

                    As I said before, this is actually fine as long as it is a relevant related article, is not an attempt at selling anything and is not linking a niche site article back to a hubpages article.

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                fcmosherposted 14 months agoin reply to this

                It has everything to do with Google's perception of HubPages (and the vertical sites). Google is already suspicious of content sites, and HP is very careful not to give them any reason to increase filters that keep HP sites from SERPs. So the rules about including links to sell things, or links to spammy sites, are very very strict. Really it's for our own good.

                1. promisem profile image97
                  promisemposted 14 months agoin reply to this

                  Thanks. If that's the case, I suggest HP change the FAQ and apply the rules consistently.

          2. Natalie Frank profile image97
            Natalie Frankposted 14 months agoin reply to this

            This is still self-promotion and not allowed on HP.  You can always create your own website and market it there or on other types of social media platforms and channels, just not on HP.

            1. EricFarmer8x profile image95
              EricFarmer8xposted 14 months agoin reply to this

              It would be a lot easier to promote your work on your own blog. You control everything and write whatever you want.

              You can go nuts as you want with ads, links, affiliate, and everything. Careful not to make Google think your blog is bad though.

              I pretty much accepted early on to write on HubPages you need to write content they accept and approve of.

    2. SmartAndFun profile image93
      SmartAndFunposted 14 months agoin reply to this

      Check out Heidi Thorne: https://hubpages.com/@heidithorne

      I have never published a book (self published or otherwise), but a long time ago I followed Heidi, and to this day I consistently get HP notifications that she has published new articles. She has written more than 300 articles, most of them about writing and publishing, and how to market one's writing. It might take a bit of time to skim through her articles to find exactly what you're looking for, but you will learn a lot, even from the articles you might have thought you didn't need to read. Checking out her articles will be worth your time if you are a writer or a self publisher.

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    psycheskinnerposted 14 months ago

    From what I have seen the first important step is to ensure that the book's blurb, cover, and excerpt are polished and appealing.  The KDP forum can help with that.

    Next think about who would buy the book if the knew about it, and how to reach them--be targeted.

 
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