Authors Answer 43 – Promoting the Book

I missed the Authors Answer feature for a couple of months, but I’ll be back next week. This week the authors talked about publishing books. Here’s what would have been my response:

I have little experience with this and I’m learning the process right now. It’s obvious that the key is to have a social media presence, for no reason other than you won’t be seen otherwise. Keep a steady, regular presence somewhere, ideally several somewheres. Talk about your book, obviously, but talk about other things too. Keep up a blog. I’ve been updating my blog somewhat regularly and working Twitter for a while, and my Twitter audience at least is growing. I’ve sold a few copies.

I did have a HUGE spike in people picking up my book when I offered it for free over one weekend. I suppose that’s decent promotion even without money changing hands.

I Read Encyclopedias for Fun

It’s time to panic. It’s the indie author’s worst nightmare. It’s that horrific stage of publishing known as marketing and book promotion. This is probably the one thing that most authors dread having to do if they don’t have a traditional publishing contract. This time around, we have a reader question, from tlclark.

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 43: I would love to hear anything anyone has to say about book promotions and what route work best for them.

S. R. Carrillo

So far, the best promotional value I’ve found is in my social media presence and giveaways. Particularly, giveaways.

D. T. Nova

So would I, since I lack the experience to say much about them myself.

Linda G. Hill

Promoting my novel, when it’s published that is, is not something I’m looking forward to. It sounds like a lot of work no matter how it’s done. I did have one idea of my…

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