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Have you written a book and failed at promoting it?

  1. DDE profile image24
    DDEposted 3 years ago

    Have you written a book and failed at promoting it?

    Publishing a book is all nice but when it comes to actually getting your word out there that can be a problem. How would you promote your newly published book?

  2. word55 profile image74
    word55posted 3 years ago

    Very interesting question Devika, I published a book of poetry in 1981 called, LOVE IS OUR LAW. It received great reviews in my city of Chicago. I got tv and newspaper promos. I was even asked to appear on a radio show but I turned it down. I should have gone for it. So I failed to give it a full promotion. However though, I use it as a constant guide for myself. I hope to republish it someday. Thanks for the question.

    1. Kylyssa profile image97
      Kylyssaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I just wanted to comment so people understand how impressive this is. In 1981 you didn't just publish your own book and call yourself a published author, an editor had to select it from thousands to tens of thousands sent them that year.

    2. DDE profile image24
      DDEposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      English is not the first language in Croatia and that is my  main problem.   Any suggestions?

    3. word55 profile image74
      word55posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Kylyssa, you are right! I didn't publish it myself. I was only the author but I could have done more to promote it. Thanks!

  3. Kylyssa profile image97
    Kylyssaposted 3 years ago

    I'm promoting my sci-fi novel by letting people read a censored version of it in serialized format on HubPages.  It will not be available to buy until late January or early February because I wish to put the publication date in 2015 and I want to build interest and a readership so the demand exists before it can be bought.  I have the first four chapters up as individual hubs.

    I have a sixty-three step plan but I think the serialization is the most important part.  Other stuff includes running contests involving the cover art and interior illustrations, giving copies of Gruldak to people who will write reviews, building a sci-fi loving Twitter following, and all the usual things like that.

    1. DDE profile image24
      DDEposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      My problem in book promotion  where I live English is not the first language and mostly online promotion works  better for me. What do you suggest I do? Thank you.

    2. Kylyssa profile image97
      Kylyssaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      You could try the things I mentioned in my answer and also research promotional methods online.

    3. DDE profile image24
      DDEposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you.

  4. chaitanyasaivb profile image76
    chaitanyasaivbposted 3 years ago

    I have been trying to write a book, But, I am unable to complete the task, due to some reasons. But, It is not an easy task to write a book, and its even tough, to promote it. Attract as many people, as you can, by sharing your book in different websites, which consists of higher traffic. This is enable users, who have interest in reading books.

    1. DDE profile image24
      DDEposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I have a problem with promotion in Croatia. English is not the first language here and I  got to go for online promotion. Any ideas?

    2. chaitanyasaivb profile image76
      chaitanyasaivbposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Make use of social network websites, to promote your book. In the beginning, it may be a hard task to start. But, start working hard, to make of web traffic.

    3. DDE profile image24
      DDEposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you it sounds a helpful way and I am doing just that and have improved results.

    4. chaitanyasaivb profile image76
      chaitanyasaivbposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Even, I searching for some new ways, how to promote my upcoming book.

    5. DDE profile image24
      DDEposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Social sites and word of mouth is great may not work out for everyone. it depends on the title published.

    6. chaitanyasaivb profile image76
      chaitanyasaivbposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      But, just take a chance to try your luck. Because, World always expects some new from us. Even, Sometimes, you may get some surprises too. Hope, every one will support you.

  5. Tricia Deed profile image89
    Tricia Deedposted 3 years ago

    I have not published my book as yet, but have been doing much research for a few years as to how to sell a book. I discovered that regardless of whether you obtain a traditional publisher or wish to sell on the Internet or use a vanity press it all comes down to the author to promote the book yourself. I have been trying to improve my marketing skills through the years in order to be able to promote my book when ready. Regardless of whether you publish an Ebook or a traditional book have a plan before, during, and after to promote your book.

    I remember submitting a book for publication and by the time I had filled out all of the paperwork which the publisher had sent me I felt that I could sell the book myself.

    One also has to learn all the ins and outs in order to select a legitimate source, have an attorney, and arrange for all text and photos to be copyrighted. It is not enough to be an author, you also have to know advertising, marketing, and basic business principles.

    I have published a dance video and had to do many of these things.

    1. DDE profile image24
      DDEposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Promotion is the toughest  and it is even tougher in my case. English is not the first language here and that is my main barrier. What  esle do you have in mind? Thank you.

 
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