By: Joanna Penn
While this site is now aimed at being a graduate education for author-entrepreneurs, I still get emails every day from new authors who are just discovering self-publishing.
I suggest that they start with my Author 2.0 Blueprint, and the other free resources as well as theaudio podcast. Plus I wrote this checklist for new self-published authors when I published my Dad’s first book. But there are always more questions!
So today, Debbie Flint offers some tips for promoting your first book. This will also be one of the last guest posts on the site, so expect to hear from me more in future posts.
When a new author presses the ‘publish’ button and creates their first ever title, what happens next?
Now more than ever, success in self-publishing is all about ‘discoverability’, especially if you want to spread the word about your very first self-published novel (or your second or third but for the complete beginner in particular, it’s even more daunting).
Which extra strategies will best help spread the word?
Once the big day has come and gone and the initial rush of sales has (hopefully) happened, once you’ve told everyone you already know that it’s out there and numbers have begun to stall, how then do you continue to spread the word without continuously tweeting ‘buy my book, here’s my book, oh by the way, buy my book?’
Here are some of the technical tools you can toy around with to help progress your reach. Many of these are Amazon based as most self-published authors make a large percentage of income there, but some are not related to Amazon and are available to all.
1. Freebie launch – Also Boughts
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If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
- Fiction University (The Other Side of the Story): A Journey Through Massive Edits In Ten Easy Steps http://ow.ly/w4ctH
- Short Story Checklist: Techniques for Getting Short Stories Published - Writer's Relief, Inc. http://ow.ly/w4d7S
- 7 Tips To Help Promote Your First Self-Published Book | The Creative Penn http://ow.ly/w4dV0
- Author, Jody Hedlund: Practical Ways to Leave Your Readers Hanging From a Cliff http://ow.ly/w4eRv
- 10 Must-Dos for Writers: http://ow.ly/vVzIj @stevelaubeagent
- Self-Pubbed AND Traditional? An Interview With Author Pam Beason | Molly Greene: Writer http://ow.ly/w4fBP
- #twitter #hashtags for novices | Indies Unlimited http://ow.ly/w4hLf
- How to Increase Your Social Media Click-Through Rates | Social Media Examiner http://ow.ly/w4hZM
- Kick-Start Your Blog With These Engaging Content Suggestions : @ProBlogger http://ow.ly/w4i9E
- How to Win Friends and Influence People (While Sharing Social Content) - Copyblogger http://ow.ly/w4inn
- 5 Valuable Charts That Show How Publishing Is Changing | Jane Friedman http://ow.ly/w4iKH
- Grow Your Pinterest Following With These Hot Tips! - Marketing Tips For Authors http://ow.ly/w4iQd
- 15 Twitter Facts and Figures for 2014 You Need to Know - Jeffbullas's Blog http://ow.ly/w4ja2
- 6 Tips to Rank High in Google's Search Engine http://ow.ly/w4jsy
- Online Marketing - 3 Steps to Making Money Even If You Don’t Have Your Own Product or Service (it's pretty easy) http://ow.ly/w4mhY
- Seriously Write: LET’S EAT GRANDMA - The Importance of Proofreading by Kathy Ide http://ow.ly/w4moH
- Social Media - [Infographic] : MarketingProfs Article http://ow.ly/w4mKa
- Tweets, Facebook Posts, Domains, Subject Lines – The Ideal Length Of Everything Online [INFOGRAPHIC] - AllTwitter http://ow.ly/w5HOj
- The New Twitter Profile Page: Complete Image Size Guide - AllTwitter http://ow.ly/w5Jpp