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This podcast is all about book marketing, author platform and promotion – of yourself and your books. I have learned a lot about this over the last 2 years and actually love marketing, so this session is me answering some of your questions from the survey I ran in December.
Here are the questions that I answer in the show:
- Where do I start in making myself known as an author?
- Is having a logo important for my brand?
- Is it necessary to have your own blog as an author? How do you create one and what should be the topic?
- How can we promote fiction books online? What are the best giveaways to help promote books?
- I have accounts on Twitter, Facebook and other sites, but how do you break through mid-level success?
- How do you promote with no money?
- How can an unpublished writer generate a following that would impress a publisher?
- How do you know if there is a market for your book?
- How do you market yourself without seeming arrogant?
- How do you put together a marketing and promotion plan for your book?
- What is the best way to draw traffic to my site?
- Is it a good idea to create a teaser ebook about my non-fiction book?
- How do you manage your time so Twitter does not become a time suck?
- What programs do you recommend for submitting articles to multiple places?
- Is cold calling necessary or is email marketing enough?
- What are the best and cheapest ways to create a book trailer?
- How do I do a press release and what is the most effective way to use them?
There are also promos from Mur Lafferty's I Should Be Writing show and Philippa Ballantine's Digital Magic novel.
Here are the links I mention:
- Robert McKee's Storylogue
- Holly Lisle's books on characterisation and plot (and more!) – affiliate link
- Brisbane seminar
- Bali Writer's Retreat
- How to discover and build your author brand
- Zen Habits, Problogger and Scott Sigler blogs, Neil Gaiman's blog, Alan Baxter dark fiction
- iStockPhoto and Flickr
- WordPress.com free site, WordPress.org for hosted option
- Podcast with Joel Williams on all the basics about blogging you need to know
- Cory Doctorow gives it all away for free
- Publish on the Kindle for free
- Gary Vaynerchuk's 10 book deal with Harper Studio,
- Podcast with Debbie Jenkins on how to discover if there is a market for your book
- Google Adwords search tool
- Podcast with Dana Lynn Smith on writing a book marketing plan
- Free downloadable award-winning book marketing plan
- Nonfiction proposal writing
- SocialOomph.com for scheduling twitter
- Tweetdeck , #thrillerchat and Tweetie for the iPhone – I am @thecreativepenn on Twitter
- Ping.fm for submitting to multiple social media sites , plus EzineArticles for article submission
- How to make your own book trailer in 11 steps
- GetYourVideoOnline.com with Gideon Shalwick, excellent info on making video for online
- Book trailer for Scott Westerfeld Leviathan (not DIY!)
- Tubemogul to send video to multiple sites
- Press releases – best resource is PublicityHound.com
- How my press release got me on Australian national TV
- Help a Reporter Out (HARO)