Friday, August 19, 2011

The Rules Have Changed

I think about books and marketing all the time. I mean all the time. I don't even listen to the radio in the car because I don't want the background noise to disrupt my thoughts. I also think about how I can teach my clients that the Old Rules of Marketing don't apply anymore. I get a lot of resistance but I have to keep pushing because I know once they get the hang of it and let go of the fear magic happens.

The old rules were pretty cut and dry. Advertising and branding. Reaching as many as possible with the tools you had to work with. If you are a major brand then you can advertise on radio, tv, cable etc... but if you are an author with a limited budget you need to be more creative. So you contact bookstores and schedule book signings. Then you put an ad in the paper letting people know that you will be at the bookstore. I know when I say bookstore many are wondering what I'm talking about. It saddens me to say that bookstores are dying at a rapid rate. I am a huge bookstore lover so it really is upsetting. I have a special place in my heart for the Independent Bookstore. Where you can walk in and people ask you what you like to read and give you ideas of great books that you might never know about if it were not for the bookseller in that store. Okay I got a bit off track but maybe not. The reason you may not have ever heard about that book is because of the limited budget for marketing. Don't get me wrong, you still need a budget for marketing your book but you get more bang for your your buck now. I know it's overwhelming and scary and all of those things.

Find a publicist that understands you and will work with you. Let them do the leg work so you can keep writing. I have found when authors try to do the marketing themselves they become discouraged and stop marketing. When your publicist gives you those to do lists that only you can do. Do it. Make the time. This is a business. You will get out of it what you put into it.

We are very lucky! The Web has changed the rules and we have to change our marketing. Many people are very uncomfortable with the internet. GET COMFORTABLE! You know the old saying, " If you can't beat em', join em".

You have the chance to reach the world. What's stopping you?


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Okay Let's Rock This Book Business!

The book business has changed. I miss the idea of bookstores but I love the concept that we are no longer geographically challenged. Now we can reach the world from our computer. Just because you don't have to leave the home office doesn't mean you don't have to work. There are things you have to do and keep doing in order to bring attention to your work. You have to blog. You have to comment on other blogs. Yes, it takes time but the results are great! Blog Tours are great! We set those up all the time and they do work. Does it happen overnight? No but anything worth having is worth working for. It is a rare occasion that success happens overnight. I work with authors all the time. I consult on a regular basis. Those that follow the road map we set up are seeing success.

I know it's weird, and different but man this new book business is FUN! Take the plunge!


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Friday, February 4, 2011

WOW! It's Been A While Since I Blogged About Book Marketing!

Hi All,

Boy I can't believe I haven't blogged since November. Things have been pretty busy. I have been working with some great clients old and new. We have been having a great time exploring all of the different ways we can market the author and the book. I have been concentrating a lot on the online marketing. I know everyone wants instant gratification but sometimes it's worth the wait. One of my Reiki clients was feeling a bit like she was hitting a brick wall, then it happened. She received an order for her book from New York, then another one from Florida and now they are coming in on a regular basis from all over the USA. It's still a work in progress but online marketing DOES work if you have the patience. It really is very exciting! So I guess the moral of this story is... Don't give up! Keep moving forward. It's not easy. If you don't feel like you can do it yourself, get help. It will be worth it.

Happy Writing!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Is A Web Site Really That Important?

It's hard to believe I still hear people ask that question. In this day and age you better believe it's important. This is the way people do business. They want to know what your web address is so they can check you out, see what you are about and what you have to offer. They want to do it on their time. We get busier every day. Time is precious. Being able to check out your web site any time day or night is a must. It also lends credibility to you and your work. My suggestion, if you don't have a web site, have one created for you. It should look professional and be easy to use. Make sure if you have a site built they understand your business. That will allow them to add the proper pages and information to your web site. Remember, a web site doesn't have to be EXPENSIVE to build. Just because it costs a lot doesn't mean it's better. That I learned from experience:)

Happy Writing!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Book Marketing and Social Networks

You know when I think about all of the social networks that are available my mind just spins. So many places to let people know about your books. Blogs, newsletters, Twitter, Facebook, the list just goes on. It's really amazing and you know what else it is... Time consuming! By the time you update, check in, and post your day is half gone and you haven't even checked your email. My advise. Get HELP! That's the only way you will be able to stay on top of everything that needs to be done in a day. Even a little bit of help is better than nothing. It's important to remember, you are the author, people want you to write. Leave the busy work to someone else so you can do what you need to do. Staying on the first few pages of search engines is great but if you spend all of your time staying there you won't have anything new to share.

Happy Writing,

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

So Exciting! Blog Stop November 8th

Hi Everyone,
Guess what... I am a blog tour host.I am so excited! The author is Nikita Lynnette Nichols author of A Man's Worth, Amaryllis, A Woman's Worth and coming soon Crossroads. Be sure to stop by my blog November 8, 2010. I will have the interview posted and Ms. Nichols will be available throughout that week to answer questions and respond to comments. And as a bonus by leaving a comment so we know you stopped by you will be entered in a drawing for a signed copy of A Woman's Worth. If you aren't familiar with Nikita's work stop by her web site and check out "What Readers Have To Say" page. WOW!!!!!
Let the fun begin!