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TIPS, TRICKS, & HINTS

Marketing & Promoting Your Published Book

AS AN INDIE AUTHOR OR A SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHOR


I compiled this simple and easy checklist for new self-published authors offering Tips, Tricks, and Hints to aid in the marketing and promotion of your first book. These are all of the ways that I have used in the past and continue to use some of them now. This list should help you get started. Also know your budget that you allocate for marketing and promotion, not all are FREE, you do have to pay something, that amount is all up to you. Know where to draw the financial line.

Just letting you know self-marketing and self-promotion is a lot of research and hard work. I am doing some of the research for you. What you don’t find here, you have to do your own research.

Your main goal is to make sure your new book is read by as many people in your target audience as possible and making it available on as many platforms as possible. Get the word out. Increase your online presence. Talk about your book every chance you get with everyone you come across with. The grocery clerk, the dentist, your banker, you get the idea. Effective book marketing is what you will strive for. Don't ignore the insignificant marketing and promotional ideas you come across no matter how small you think they are, for example:

1.  When sending an email make sure you put your website, email address, and .jpg photo of your book or name of your book underneath your signature. You never know who will purchase your book.

2.  Newspapers for press releases, editorial reviews, or interviews.

3.  TV stations for press releases or public appearances.

4.  Message boards for your targeted audience. Spread the word.

5.  Contribute to forums related to your targeted audience. Use great content.

6.  Guest talk on a pod cast to raise awareness that your book has been published.

7.  Guest blog by creating an article about your book or for anything unrelated as well. Just make sure you leave a link where to purchase your book or your website or create your own blog.

8.  Have an influential blog writer with tons of daily traffic interview you for your book.

9.  Research your competition to find out how they have marketed or promoted their book. What metadata was used.

10. Get reviews for your book. Make sure you remind people to write a review from where they purchased your book.

11. Write a book blurb. Do you know someone who is writing a book? Ask them if you can write the book blurb that goes on the rear dust-jacket. Book blurbs are also found on web portals and news websites.

12. Make sure you invest wisely in a professional cover design service for your book jacket. Remember, picture says a millions words. Your book jacket needs to attract potential readers.

13. When building an email list you can start with Mailchimp because it is FREE with a small amount of contacts. But, as your contacts grow you have to invest in a good email service with a monthly fee.

14. You can't do everything, so hand over some work to a good book promotion service. I found one I am happy with called, "Whizzbuzz Books." For $49 US/year they will promote your book on Whizzbuzz Books website and on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flipboard, LinkedIn, WordPress, Goodreads, and Tumblr. Well, that was a load off of my hands. Now I can concentrate on marketing and promoting elsewhere. See how they did my Whizbuzz Books Authors Page

15. Learn how to link properly to any articles you have written. Place a link to where your book can be purchased, your website, or any other articles you have written. Promote yourself and promote your book.

16. Handout business cards, bookmarks, sell sheets, etc. Promote the heck out of book, website, or business (see below).

17. Have book readings at bookstores, any store, libraries, schools, universities, flea market, etc.

18. Submit your website and book to Search Engines and Web Directories. My complete list is on my Links page.  

19. Advertise on social media sites like Facebook Ads, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. or find a good book promotion service (see below).

20. Make your book into an audiobook and/or ebook. Audiobooks and Ebooks are becoming more and more popular (see below).

21. Find other book distributor companies to distribute your book. Doesn't hurt to cover your basis. They might deliver to businesses your not placed in.

22. Make sure on your book jacket you have a barcode. Barcodes are a require item now. Store won't take your book unless you have one (see below).

23. When money starts to roll in make sure you have good accounting software or a accounting firm (see below).

24. Set up an author website (see below). Check out the bestselling author websites. Study how they designed their websites.

25. Check out virtual book tours to see if it suits your marketing and promotional plan (see below).

26. Consider attending a book festivals. You can reach hundreds of people who attend these functions because they enjoy books. Meeting an author is a real treat and bonus for them.

27. Join Goodreads Program, Amazon Author Central Program, and Bookbub Author Program. Use their promotional tools (see below).

28. Use book discounting sites like Bookbub, OnlineBookClub.org,  and Book Gorilla.

29. Make a book trailer and place it on YouTube and your website.

30. Make your own newsletter. This depends on the time you can devote to the newsletter and your writing skills.

31. Start your own book club. Dedicate a page on your website where you review other authors books.

32. Give FREE promotional items to your fans either in person, at book signings, or on your website (see below).

33. Every so often set up a book contest and promote the contest on social media sites.

I know all of this looks intimidating and overwhelming at first. But don't let it scare you. Just take a deep breath and do one thing at a time. You will not achieve all of this overnight, it takes time and commitment. Remember, baby steps. You want to do it right the first time instead of fast and wrong. You will make mistakes but that is how you learn and grow as a self-marketing and self-promoting guru. When the time comes and I know it will for your second book to market and promote will be a lot easier for you because you will know what to do. Keep a list of everything you are doing and keep organized. This will make things go smoother for you and you will know what you did and how you did it. Not everything will work for you but don't give up. Getting the word out takes time.

You have to reach deep down inside of you to find your determination button. Keep pressing that button so you don’t give up. You will hear a lot of “No’s” or get tons of “No replies” but don’t let that stop you. It is so easy to give up. Eventually, something you are doing will catch on and all that hard work will be worth it. But please remember, it takes years to become a Best-Selling Author with many books written. The truth be told, I am still working on that.

I hope you find this information helpful in your marketing adventure. I decided not to charge for this information like other people do. The only payment I want is for you to purchase my book, Jamie’s Pet children's book available on Amazon only if you want to. Remember, leave a review.

Below is a list of businesses I found worked for my book. All companies and individuals are encouraged to read and understand each service, their policies, and then decide if they are right for you.


Accounting Software Services List

Once you start selling your book and you are receiving royalties you need to think about what type of accounting software you will need. For income tax purposes, you need to know how much you received and how much you spent to do your income tax properly. Nobody wants to be audited by the government. Do we!    Read More  


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Blogs & Website Design companies list

Yola.com is what I use for my website and blog (as soon as I get around to creating one). I chose the Gold Package. The reason I chose Yola, because SEO (Search Engine Optimization) scans and automatic SEO monitoring are included with the website.    Read More  


Logo Makers Tools

I don’t know about you, but I can’t draw. So, if you are looking for a unique professional logo design that is all yours then below are some of the trustworthy companies you can use to create that one of a kind logo for your website, business card, or T-shirt to promote your business.     Read More

 

Social Media Sites

Social media websites are interactive computer websites that enable you to create and share your content, information, ideas, pictures, videos, career interests and other forms of expression through virtual communities and to participate in social networking.     Read More  


Other Important Resources

I found these resources very useful and figured you could benefit from them too.     Read More  


 

world book festivals 

Here is a complete list of book festivals throughout the world. A Book Festival is a celebration for visitors of all ages who love books and love to read.  This celebration brings together authors and fans. Book festivals are a family friendly day of celebrating books and literature.     Read More  

PERSONAL NOTE FROM RAMONA: To everyone who has purchased a copy or who plans on purchasing a copy of Jamie's Pet children's book online or from your favorite brick and mortar book store, either in paperback, eBook, or an audiobook; I would like to start by saying, "Thank You so much for your support and putting your trust in me with your child's reading material." I hope you and your child enjoy reading Jamie's Pet as much as I did in writing it. I am very proud of my first book and a second one is being written with just as much enthusiasm behind it. Please feel free to leave a book review on the website where you purchased your copy of the book. "Thank You Again and Happy Reading To Everyone!"

JAMIE'S PET CHILDREN'S AUDIOBOOK

Jamie's Pet Audiobook is finally here. Findaway Voices are working very hard to get Jamie's Pet into all of locations below. Purchase Jamie's Pet audiobook where ALL children's audiobook formats are being sold online. Online books for children found here:

Books Online for Kids - Stream or download and listen online or offline to Jamie's Pet children's audiobook to your computer, tablet, iPhone/iPad, Smartphone, or Android.

Jamie's Pet Audible Audiobook is FREE with your Amazon Audible Trial. Why not give it a try!!!!!

24Symbols                                         Libro.fm Audiobooks

Amazon Audible                              Nextory

Apple iTunes                                     Nook by Barnes & Noble

Audiobooks.com                              Playster

AudiobooksNZ                                  SCRIBD

Authors Direct                                  Storytel

Beek                                                    3 Leaf Group

Chirp                                                   Baker & Taylor

Downpour                                         Bibliotheca

eStories                                              EBSCO

Google Play                                       Follett

HiBooks                                              Hoopla

Hummingbird Digital Media        ODILO

Instaread                                            Rakuten OverDrive

Rakuten Kobo                                   Perma-Bound

MLOL                                                   AudiobooksNow  

Axiell                                                    BajaLibros.com  

Bidi                                                       Bokus Play  

BookBeat                                            Bookmate  

Fuuze                                                   Leamos  

Retail ISBN: 9781987173666            Retail List Price $2.32

Library ISBN: 9781987173666          Library List Price $7.12

Source & Audio Copyright:            2019 Ramona Morrow

Release Date & Street Date:          May 05, 2019

Audiobook Companies List

If you are wanting to get into the audiobook market below are some of the companies who will guide through the process in making an audiobook. Do you want to be the narrator? or Do you want to hire their narrator? Are some of the decisions you have to make along the way.     Read More  

 

Barcode companies list

EAN, GTINs, ISBN Barcodes, ISSN Barcodes, QR-Codes, and UPC Numbers.

Looking for certified Barcode numbers, these businesses below, offer cost-effective Barcode numbers that are perfect for using on products you want to sell on Amazon or other online and offline retailers which require a barcode number. These businesses provide you with the 13-digit EAN and 12-digit UPC barcode numbers. Remember, the barcode numbers are yours for life.    Read More  

 

Copyright information

American and Canadian copyright

Before I send any of my manuscripts out to book agents or book publishers in or out of my country, which is Canada, I copyright my work. This way if my work is stolen and produced in any creative form other than myself approving the work in that fashion, I have the right to sue, because I have legal proof that I own that piece of work.     Read More  


Promotional Product Companies list

For your companies’ promotional products, these companies listed below, have every product you can think of from Acrylic Products to Yo-Yo’s. Now your decision is to figure out which company or companies you want to purchase your promotional products from and which products you want to promote your company brand. Sky is the limit!     Read More  


Virtual Book Tours & Publicity Websites

Virtual book tours sometimes called, book blog tours or virtual author tours, can include book cover & synopsis, book excerpts, book giveaways, book reviews, character interviews, contests, cover reveal, guest blog posts, interviews, podcasts or radio show appearances, social network events, video content posted by blogs, and webinars. Every book tour differs in the genres they promote, venues, and type of content.       Read More  


JAMIE'S PET CHILDREN'S EBOOK

Jamie's Pet children's eBook ISBN: 978-1-64462-107-3 found online where ALL paperbacks are being sold in your country  including Google Play and Apple iTunes. 

Canadian eBook format buy here Kindle Edition

American eBook format buy here Kindle Edition

Google Books eBook buy here  

JAMIE'S PET CHILDREN'S TRADE PAPERBACK BOOK

Books for Kids - Jamie's Pet children's trade paperback book ( ISBN-10: 978-1-64462-106-6) buy your copy here: 

Amazon United States                          Amazon Canada

Amazon United Kingdom                    Amazon Australia

Amazon India                                          Barnes and Noble

Book Depository                                     Books A Million

Booktopia                                                  eBay Canada

eBay United States                                Foyles

GoodReads                                              IndieBound

McNally Robinson                                 Powell's

Thriftbooks

Wholesale Order through Ingram Content Network  

Listed in the World's Largest Library Catalog with WorldCat.org  

If you find Jamie's Pet children's book sold elsewhere let Ramona know so it can be added to this website.

When you are shopping online or visiting a brick and mortar book store and you don't see Jamie's Pet children's book; Remember to ask for the book. If that business gets enough requests for the book then that business will order/reorder enough books to fill the requests.

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