Category Archives: Marketing for Authors

Promoting a free Amazon Kindle book? List it with these sites

Kindle eReader
(image courtesy of NotFromUtrecht (Wikipedia)

Promoting a free Amazon Kindle book is not a simple task especially with the increasing mass of books that can now be found for the Amazon Kindle. Therefore getting a book to the right reader’s attention is hugely important but it can be time consuming. However, all is not lost and there are many helpful people and sites out that provide both free and paid services to authors who have a free Amazon Kindle book to promote. Continue reading

Why creating a book trailer doesn’t need to be difficult

We’ve all seen movie trailers and now we are starting to see the rise of the book trailer too. Just go onto YouTube and search for book trailer, you’ll end up with over 2 million search results. I don’t know about you but the thought of creating book trailers just feels a bit daunting to me, I hate being videod at the best of times and can’t bear listening to recordings of myself either. I have avoided them like the plague. However, eventually I decided that I needed to give in and have a go at creating my own. The book I chose to do one for is LinkedIn Made Easy: Business social networking simplified. It’s got a brand new third edition out this year and the time seemed right. Continue reading

The importance of asking for reviews

A week or so ago I wrote a post about the importance of adding an About the Author page to your books, especially if they are ebooks. They should contain lots of lovely links to anything else you have written plus your own websites. It seems that the CEO of Goodreads, Otis Chandler agrees with me. Which is always very nice :-) Continue reading

About the Author – why it matters in your latest book

If you’re like me then you probably have a whole load of different books on the go. I’ve a pile that consists of the review copies for my Thursday Thronger’s, business books, social media analysis and fiction in a variety of genres. With just a couple of exceptions, I rarely follow specific major authors. If they don’t have an About the Author page then I might miss out on reading other things they have written, if I enjoyed the book I picked up. With one, there is every chance I might just go and get something else from them too. Continue reading

Asking for reviews and feedback for your books

If there is one thing I’ve learnt over the years of working with the t’Interweb, it’s the importance of asking for feedback. I do this all the time. For instance when women are in touch at The Hysterectomy Association, I’ll ask them if they wouldn’t mind completing a feedback form; when someone contacts me to tell me how much they enjoyed one of my books, I’ll be cheeky and ask if they wouldn’t mind adding a review to Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Goodreads. Continue reading

Top Ten Suggestions for Promotional Book and Author Postcards

I’ve been around and about on the web for more years than I care to remember and I’ve been given lots of reasons why most people should abandon the real world and focus only on their online marketing. The reasoning is that you’ll have a greater opportunity to find the people most likely to be interested in your products and services; to an extent this might be true, but it’s no reason to ignore those people who: Continue reading

The Symbiotic Relationship Between Book Bloggers and Authors

The relationship between a book blogger and an author is a strange one; and I touched on the subject earlier on this year when I mentioned in one of my ‘Lesson’s Learned‘ posts that I was surprised by the number of authors that didn’t actively participate in the promotion of the interviews I’d done with them.

However, I’ve also had feedback from some of the authors I have worked with that suggests that this lack of participation is not solely the preserve of the authors; book bloggers it seems can also fail to make the most of their opportunity too. Continue reading

101 Book Marketing Ideas for Authors

101 Book Marketing Ideas for Authors is my way of trying to make sure I keep on track with my marketing activities. As an independent author and publisher it’s often easy to forget or overlook some of the basic activities that could propel your book up the listings. This is going to be a work in progress, and when I complete a new idea I’ll make sure that the link is added to this page. Continue reading

How to Add Extra Information About Your Book to Your Amazon Listings

Let’s face it, the Amazon Listing for a particular book is a bit thin really. It comprises mostly the product description and a few tags too but we all know how important rich data is as well and it’s worth knowing that Shelfari, another of the social networks for readers, allows you to add extra information to your book data. Because it’s owned by Amazon, that data shows up on the Kindle versions of your books. Continue reading

Understanding why anyone will want to read your book

This is the latest post in my off-on book marketing plan series and I’m hoping to encourage everyone to take a slightly different look at their book; the reason is that we all need to be realistic in understanding what it is that makes our book different from others that the reader could choose. It is this difference which is your USP or unique selling proposition. Continue reading