A few weeks back I had the chance to attend an all-day conference in Provo with the Indie Author Hub.
(Hey, look, that’s me in the second table on the right side. Thanks for the picture, Donna!)
Amy Harmon was the keynote speaker, and one of the main reasons why I attended this event. Amy’s awesome and kind of deserves her own blog post, so that will be for another time.
There were several break-out classes with the intent of helping indie writers with the business of publishing a book, including writing, creating covers, and selling your book.
One of classes I took was taught by Abel Keogh, who has extensive experience with marketing on his day job.
His class was called “The 5 Best Ways to Market Your Book”:
#5— Know your audience well. It seems kind of obvious, but you can’t market if you don’t know who the audience is. By reading reviews (both positive and negative), blog comments, etc, you can get a firmer grasp on this.
#4— Target your media blasts. This goes hand in hand with the previous one. Once you know your audience, you can target your efforts more efficaciously. For instance, if you plan a blog tour, arrange it with blogs that cater to the same genre as your book.
#3— Blogging, which can be either frustrating or effective. Some simple ways to make it work better for you is by having entertaining and informative content; by NOT making it about your books (your readers will get tired of the same subject all the time); by making your blog a place where readers want to go (refer to #4 and #5); by writing to your target audience, and by blogging regularly (and even on the same day).
#2— Email Newsletters. Don’t send the newsletter unless you have something worthy to say (like announcements about a new book coming out). When sending announcements and other news, share them on the newsletter first, and then on other platforms.
#1— Write a new book. And why is the best way to market your book writing another one? Because word of mouth is the best marketing tool. With each new book published, your readership will increase, and so will the word of mouth referrals.
And there you have it. Five simple ways that help market your new book, but simple always works better. Thanks, Abel, for the tips.