Monday, April 18, 2011
I prefer to stick with the easy answer when it comes to marketing my books. I start immediately. It doesn't matter if I have written one word or a complete novel. It is never too early to start marketing yourself as an author and your work.
When writing, I keep two notebooks handy. One for notes regarding the story itself, and another just for marketing ideas that pop into my head. I try to market during every stage of creation, but it really gets easier once I have my cover art designed. There is just something about having a visual that makes it easier.
So, what sort of marketing can you do before your book is finished? Well, let's see. You can build your followers on Twitter and Facebook, you can blog about the current progress of your work, you can update your website to show you have a new project underway, and you can tell everyone you know about your new book.
What about after the book is published? All of the above, plus more.
See why it's a good idea to get started early? What are some of your favorite marketing methods?
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
He's doing it again, this time with his Jack Kilborn novel Trapped. If it reaches the top 100, he'll donate $500. A new twist is that if his book hits the top 20, he'll donate another $500. This could mean $1000 for the First Book charity.
So, while some may say that this is self promotion that takes advantage of our desire to help others, others will say that since both sides are benefiting, who does it hurt? What's your opinion?
Check out JA Konrath's blog Newbie's Guide to Publishing.