By: Booklaunch, @booklaunch_io
So, you’ve finished your book and you’ve self-published it. Congratulations! Luckily for you, the hardest part is done.
But now that it’s complete, how do you get people to read it?
Today, authors have the luxury of choosing to self-publish their own books, giving them complete autonomy over their creative process and product. However, the disadvantage
to self-publishing is that self-published authors lack the
marketing support (both manpower-wise and financially) that accompany a
publishing deal from a large publishing house. But if you’re a self-published
author looking to market your book, fear not! Chances are you've heard of tons
of ways to get word out about your book – and many of them won’t cost you a
dime. That's true. One of the most successful and easily utilized methods is
via social media – and, in particular, Twitter. Twitter, the 140-character short-message
sharing platform is a remarkable way to get the word out about your book, and
it can be easily utilized to get it in the hands of readers. So let's talk
about ways to use Twitter to advertise your work:
1. Find other authors.
Twitter, in particular, has a wonderful community of writers, many of which are connected and share information and material all the time. It's important to note that Twitter can feel a little like walking into a party with a lot of people you don't know, and they're already in the middle of conversations with other people. So how do you jump in without being awkward?
First, search for a keyword hashtag that is relevant to writing. Some examples to check out are #amwriting #BookBlaster #Writers #Authors and #WritoNamo. Search hashtags around your
genre so you can find authors who share similar interests.
Start following those who you find interesting.
Create a List in Twitter of authors you find interesting. As they post new things, jump in and start talking to them. By befriending other writers, you can begin establishing a network to cross-promote books and material, and also give each other advice and support. This will come in handy because you'll want other writers to Tweet about your book (in exchange for a Tweet about theirs). It's a great way to make friends with other people who appreciate the same craft!
2. Tweet quotes.
Obviously, you believe in the content of your book. So use it to bring in readers!
some of the best or most intriguing quotes from your book so that people can
get a taste of what’s inside. If you share enough great material, people will
want to invest so that they can get even more. Also, get creative about your
content. Consider bringing your readers into the process a bit. Maybe share
locations you visited for your book, inspirations for objects or character
development. Use photos and videos whenever possible—it doesn't have to just be
typed out quotes from your book. Remember to not always be so focused on
selling your book, people may tune it out if you don't spend a portion of your
tweets adding value to their lives.
Share other unrelated (but relevant) information.
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