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Market Your Book by Starting Somewhere Else

Updated on October 22, 2016
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Rebecca Graf is a seasoned writer with nearly a decade of experience and degrees in accounting, history, and creative writing.

One way to market your book is to begin somewhere else. Now that I have you totally confused….

Get Attention

Too often a writer gets their first book done and wait for the money to roll in. Then reality sets in. It doesn’t work that way. More than likely no one outside their circle of friends and family have ever heard of the writer. That’s not going to help you will sales. You need to already be known to some degree.

There are so many writers out there pushing their books. It doesn't matter if it is fiction or non-fiction. You get lost in a crowd, but you can circumvent that traffic jam by getting your name and writing out on other sites.

So the question becomes How do you get known? - Start somewhere else.

Where?

This is the next question that usually comes out. You might think there are just a couple of places where writers can get their author platform started, but there are quite a few with some even paying money.

These places are usually content driven sites or our topic focused. The content driven sites are ones that you can pretty much write on any topic. They are not as specific as the ones focused on particular topics.

Here are a few places, and I stress ‘few’.

HubPages

I’ve been writing on this site for over six years. I love it because I can write on anything. You can get a lot of attention on this site and build up a following. The key is to publish often, strive to meet their criteria, create a good profile page, and just write. It will take time before you get a steady stream of visitors to your site. Give it a year of building up your portfolio and you’ll find yourself bringing in a steady stream of income without having to focus on bringing it in. I get paid about every other month from them with the trend slowly making its way to every month. They also have tips on how to help you be a better writer.

Demand Studio

I have to admit that I have very little experience with this site, but I’ve heard a lot of thing about it. They supposedly pay well, but it is very hard to get accepted. And once you are declined once, they will never reconsider your application. I’ve applied twice. The result was a rejection and an ignore. Those who have written for them say it is great. I’ll leave that up to you to decide.

BellaOnline

This is where I got my writing start over seven years ago. Though the site is marketed towards women, there are many men who write for the site. It is a site with about every topic available to read about. You won’t get paid to write for this site. It is strictly volunteer, but you get so much for that. First off, you have to commit to one article a week at a minimum. Then you go through extensive training that prepares you to write online and for the site. The training even extends to writing eBooks. I highly suggest starting here if you want to be a writer. You can gain exposure from their thousands and thousands of readers as well as get experience and training that will come in handy later.


How Does It Help You as a Writer?

There are people on the internet all the time looking up stuff and reading interesting articles. I’ve stumbled upon some great info and couldn’t help but look at the author’s profile. It was there I discovered they had their own site or had written books on the very topic I was researching. Surprise! I bought their book.

Not everyone who might like your work will go out and look for you if they don’t already know you. You have to be discovered. Help readers find you by being in more than one place at a time. Pepper the internet with your material so they will stumble upon at one time or another.

What can it hurt? If nothing else, you get in more writing experience and pad your resume. It can only help.

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    • RGraf profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca Graf 

      2 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thanks for stopping by. You're not too far away from me :)

    • RGraf profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca Graf 

      2 years ago from Wisconsin

      I've talked to several authors and suggested it, but they refuse to see the benefits. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      2 years ago from Chicago Area

      You're right! Building your author platform BEFORE you try to sell your books is the way to go. Sharing post!

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      There is some good advice here, Rebecca, especially to put your writing on various sites and pepper the Internet with your work to increase your chances of being noticed. I actually started a niche site for creative writers and we have just published our first combined book of poetry, but HubPages is where I started writing.

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