Thursday, 20 October 2016

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Social Media Marketing Doesn't Work: Unusual Book Marketing Tips Outside of Social Media

The experts say that social media marketing doesn't work. Here are a few tricks to get your new book out to the masses while bypassing social media. 

Pressing the publish button can be a great accomplishment for the independent writer, yet the work has just begun. If you want people to read your books, you’re going to need to spend time marketing your potential best seller. Chances are you’ve heard the advice about developing a presence on social media, yet at any given hour, chances are there are millions of other authors clamouring for attention on Facebook or Twitter. 

The savvy novel writer will have a few tricks up their sleeve. Sure, you can continue to spend most of your marketing time on Facebook and Twitter, but you should try these clever offline marketing techniques too.

The Hidden Gem


Bookmarks are going to be one of the least expensive marketing tools that you can purchase from any online printer. Some writers even go so far as to trim bookmarks in half so that they can get double the amount for the same price. These bookmarks can be utilized in a variety of different ways. 

You can directly hand out bookmarks to your friends, coworkers, and acquaintances, but you’ll soon run out of people. Another method is to leave bookmarks in places where your potential readers may be. This may be in the specific book section at the library where other people may be interested in reading your book: Fiction, Science Fiction, or Teen. You can also pop them into magazines that are left out for patients at the local clinic, or you can leave them conveniently on transit, in the park, or in a public restroom. 

If your book is set in your local town you may even wish to ask local shopkeepers if you can tape a poster to their window with the other posters, or to keep a small supply of bookmarks by the till. 

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Book in Editing Stages? Start Marketing Now!

Start marketing your book now, and you'll start making sales the moment it hits the shelves. (or Amazon!)


Writing a book for independent publishing can seem like a lot of work, but it’s going to require even more effort to market it. Since you won’t have the guidance of a publisher you’ll be relying on yourself to ensure that all marketing bases are covered. For this reason, it’s important that you begin marketing your book in advance of publication date, so you create excitement. Imagine having a long line of readers lined up, ready to buy your book the moment the release date comes.

Here are some effective book marketing techniques that are going to be labor-intensive, so you should give yourself a head start.

Create Your Landing Page


A landing page is the first page of your author’s website. Some authors like to create a website that lists the name of their book series, but unless you have endless sources of cash, creating a website domain name with your author’s name will suffice. This will enable readers to find you by your name.

Your landing page should also display your book’s cover. People remember visual images better than an author’s name. Later, if they see your book on the booksellers’ sites, they may be tempted to buy it. 

Your landing page should also have a blurb about your book, and where to order it online. You can also have additional links on your website with contact information.

Place a Lead Magnet to Entice Readers to Sign Up


There are many free online tools that will help you collect email addresses which you can use for marketing your book. Placing a lead magnet on your landing page will entice your future readers to sign up for your mailing list. You can offer something in exchange for their email address: a newsletter, short story, or book. 

Create a Newsletter


You can begin promoting your book by sending a newsletter out to those email addresses that you collected through your email marketing tools. 

Social Media Marketing


Once you have your website and first newsletter created you can begin announcing your book’s release date. If you haven’t already done so, create a separate author’s page on Facebook. Set up social media accounts on other sites that you aren’t already on.

You can also use a social media aggregator such as HootSuite, so you can save time by completing all your social media posts in one spot.

Create a Contest


A giveaway can create buzz for your new book. You’ll want to make it simple for people to enter. There are some great online tools that can help you set up a raffle with your Facebook author’s page.

Hand Out Flyers, Bookmarks, and Pens


Have inexpensive promotional products created, such as pens, bookmarks, or notepads. When you tell people about your latest book release you’ll be handing them a gift so that they will remember to look you up later.

Accept Preorders


Are you confident your book is on target with its release date? Then accept preorders. This gives you an early start to the earning power of your book. It could give you some early cash in your pocket to buy bookmarks, pens, or other promotional materials. 

When you’re traditionally published your publisher handles your book promotions, but when you’re an independent writer you must focus all your efforts on marketing your book, particularly if you’re an unknown in your field. Even if you’re still editing your book, create a buzz surrounding its release. When those first sales start coming in you’ll appreciate how you started early on your book marketing efforts. 

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Aqua Marine—Adventures Underground—Novel Excerpt 3

“There’s a hammer behind your back,” the guard said. He walked up closer. I shuddered to see his eyes glow a luminescent blue colour. Could the bleed be affecting him? 

He grabbed my arm and squeezed. I think he must have bruised some muscles and tendons as I let out a gasp. I wasn’t injured enough to not think of swinging my hammer arm around though.

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Aqua Marine—Adventures Underground—Novel Excerpt 2


A huge pounding hit the door. I looked back. A huge concave dent appeared in the door. Someone on the other side had rammed something into it.
“Hurry,” Mark said. “Have you found anything?” He was rounding up the cat and our equipment.

“I’m trying!” I said as my voice broke. I leaned against a narrow pipe to take a break. I was truly exhausted. Would the nightmare never end? 

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Monday, 17 October 2016

Best Review of Aqua Marine—Book One

My interest was kept— I couldn’t stop reading until I had finished, then I dreamt of bleed!!
Emma E., West Yorkshire, England


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Aqua Marine—Adventures Underground—Novel Excerpt 1

Joyce raced past us with a rifle slung over her shoulders. “Take cover folks, this is not a drill.”
“What’s happening?” asked Mark.
“Take a look,” yelled Joyce, nodding in the direction of a tunnel that led to the back of the aquarium. 
In the distance I could make the figure of what appeared to be a zombie. A light lit him up from behind, making him appear a lot like a silhouette.

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Saturday, 15 October 2016

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