By: Jan Bear
When I get into conversations about book marketing with authors, I often get one of two reactions:
- My book is out, so it’s time to start marketing.
- I’m a little embarrassed to be talking about book marketing, because I don’t have a book out.
Occasionally, it’s “My book has been out a couple of years and I’m not happy with the sales, so I guess it’s time to start marketing.”
Guess who has the best chance of succeeding
at marketing her book.
The second one.
But wait. How can you possibly start marketing your book before it’s published?
Depends on what you mean by marketing.
It’s true that you can’t sell your book before it’s ready.
But marketing is about more than selling. Marketing is about understanding and making connections with the people who will read and buy your book. It’s about creating a book that they will want because it serves them.
But if it’s about creating a book that will serve your audience, that means you have to start before the book is finished.
If you’re really, truly writing “just for yourself” (and there’s nothing wrong with that) you can give yourself a copy when you’re finished and call it good.
Most times when authors say they’re writing for themselves, they mean they want it to be true to their vision and integral to who they are. They also want to share that vision with someone else.
That makes a book a work of communication, not just a long and loving gaze into a mirror. And communication involves shaping your message to the person you’re talking to.
After you know what you want to accomplish, you need to know who you’re writing to, what they need, what they want, how to communicate with them.
Organic Book Marketing
Writing a book is a huge undertaking. The first draft can be an elusive fish, sliding in and out of your consciousness as you try to wrestle it onto paper. I get that.
So I’m not asking you to tweet your progress (do that if you like) or offer the book for sale (although some people do that successfully).
What you need to do during the first phase of writing your book — from idea to solid first draft — is to explore two questions:
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