What’s the Best Approach to Promoting My Book? by Marsha Ward

February 5, 2013 · 7 comments

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So many times, that’s a question I hear from first time authors. Here’s my answer, and you may not like it, but it’s really the truth:

After you have announced your book to your friends via your email contacts, social media sites, and twitter, and have a short “signature” below your name in your email account, the best thing to do in the promotion/marketing arena is to write the next book and get it out there.

Yeah, I know that sounds weird, but I cannot emphasize this enough. Too many people with one book available are spending prodigious amounts of time trying in vain to influence sales, instead of writing the next book.

The thing is, the availability of multiple books/short stories/novellas is what seems to drive sales better than anything. And when someone spends all their time drumming up sales for their ONE book (and thus making a pest of themselves), what’s the good of it if—when someone reads it and wants more—there is no more work available?

There IS no good that can come of that situation. After the reader exhausts their search engine capacities and their patience and doesn’t find anything else by you, your name is then forgotten—once the distastefulness of the frustrating episode fades away.

DO make sure you have a blog that you update on some kind of schedule, if only once a month. Then you have an Internet presence, and you can give periodic updates on your work-in-progress (WIP).

DO make sure you have created your Author Page at Amazon (if your book is for sale there). Set it to post messages from your blog.

DO make sure you have created your Author Page at Goodreads. Set that one to post your blog messages also.

Then, go write the next book.

 

Marsha Ward was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and currently lives in a pine forest in central Arizona. Marsha is an award-winning poet, freelance writer and editor whose published work includes four novels, two collaborative non-fiction books on writing, a collection of prose and poetry, and over 900 articles, essays, columns, poems and short stories. Her novels, The Man from Shenandoah, Ride to Raton, Trail of Storms, and Spinster’s Folly have received rave reviews from both readers and reviewers. Her website is at http://marshaward.com, and she regularly blogs about writing and life at “Writer in the Pines,” found at http://marshaward.blogspot.com and “The Characters in Marsha’s Head” at http://charactersinmarshashead.blogspot.com. Find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/authormarshaward.

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Jane McBride February 5, 2013 at 7:59 am

That’s good advice!

Marsha Ward February 7, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Thank you, Jane. It has served me pretty well. Thank you for commenting.

Wade Burt February 5, 2013 at 8:00 am

Thanks for the comments! I was just speaking with my family about my frustrations and they each thought finishing the other books would be the key to success!

So go buy my first book to prove them wrong ! 😉

Focusing on the next two books. Taking your advise!

Marsha Ward February 7, 2013 at 4:01 pm

I’m glad, Wade. That’s the best advice I can give on this topic. Thanks for visiting and commenting. I’ll look up your book.

Katie Parker February 5, 2013 at 2:08 pm

I think you ultimately want to be promoting yourself as an author, and not just promoting a book. So what you say, Marsha, makes a lot of sense. Thanks for the post!

Marsha Ward February 7, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Exactly, Katie! To promote yourself as a writer or author, you need a body of work.

Thanks for the comment!

Marsha Ward February 7, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Thanks to LDS Publisher for spotlighting my opinion on this subject. Now, I’d best get back to following my own advice!

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