4 Tips To Market Your Book

The hardest part of being an author? Marketing.

I feel your pain.
I feel your pain.

 

 

Every author has had some dingbat tell them “I should write a book.” Good thing most of those books don’t get written; was the world really clamoring to hear Tales From The Construction Site? Drama of the Divorced Dentist? How I Murdered My Boss And Got Away With It?

 

Well, maybe that last one...
Well, maybe that last one…

 

For most people, writing is the hard part. Not for authors. They are one verbose pack of rabid squirrels, clawing at each other to get back to the keyboard and the virtual worlds they have created there.

 

It's their happy place
It’s their happy place

 

No, if you can write, the challenge is marketing.

Eek! Eek! Eek!

I’ve met a lot of master winemakers over the years, and they keep to one adage: make what sells. This is slightly more than the pearl of obviousness that it first appears to be. A winemaker can make all the sweet dessert wines she wants, but if nobody buys them, she is SOL. So the smart wine makers make what sells, which allows them to make what they want.

Now, winemaking isn’t the same as writing books, although from the amount of wine consumed by writers you’d never know it. Even though we write for a reason other than to sell books, we want our books to get sold.

Right now, I’m making the wine I want to drink. I hope it sells, but if it doesn’t, I have the pride of doing my best at blah, blah, blah. You almost can see the doors of that winery slamming shut and large men bringing chains.

Because marketing. People need to know about your stuff.

Tips to keep your winery and bookery open and prospering.

  1. Write what you love AND garbage that might sell. Why not do another ripoff of Hunger Games? If you’re going to be a whore, be the best whore in the house! Guessing at the popular theme of the day would be soul-crushing to most writers, so tread lightly, Binkie – if it is the only path you choose.
  2. Shout that shit from the rooftops. And on Faceblurb and Twatter and the rest of it. Where does your target audience play? Be there. It’s not stalking, it’s industrial reconnaissance.
  3. Ask other authors what works for them, then do that. We’re happy to help; just ask nicely. And follow us on Facebooger.
  4. Place small ads. $25 may be all you need! Each book your ad sells is a rabid squirrel of a new fan who may buy your other books. Let other authors tell you what ads worked for them.

Embrace the inner marketer that is you! As you try some of these things, a few will work – and you won’t hate them so much. Positive reinforcementize yourself, Binkie! You can do it!

 

Cheers!
Cheers!

After all, the winemaker didn’t say to ONLY make the wine that sells. He was doing his blog at the time.

 

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International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

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