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Hivemind Question - Help Wanted!

In a week or so I'll be doing a short talk about book marketing for authors.

I have a pretty good idea about what to say (and I'll share that in a later post) but for now I'd like to ask you all: What is your favorite tip for promoting your books online? Or: What is your approach to selling books online?

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j_cheney
Jun. 4th, 2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
I don't have an asnwer for 'real' books yet. As far as e-books go, there are a lot of review/promotion sites to work with. ALthough this is a list for promoting books 'free', it might apply in other promotions:
http://www.squidoo.com/going-free-kindle-ebook-promotional-campaigns-for-authors

Also, a lot of people do GoodReads promotions, but I know nothing about how one does that.

Sorry I can't offer more!
jakobdrud
Jun. 4th, 2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
That's actually more help than you might think. There are some awesome links that could help spread the word, and the way I understand marketing, word of mouth is a strong tool. Of course, you're going to have to give your book away, but as promotion goes that isn't as bad as you might think -- unless everybody does it, of course ;-)
jongibbs
Jun. 4th, 2012 07:47 pm (UTC)
Don't be afraid to promote your work, but at the same time, don't spam people. It doesn't get you sales, it just annoys everyone.

jakobdrud
Jun. 4th, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
Much wisdom in those words, Jon. There's a big difference between sharing the good news about your work and repeating it ad nauseam.
bogwitch64
Jun. 5th, 2012 03:09 am (UTC)
My current favorite is the Goodreads Giveaway. For the cost of a book and postage, I've reached about a thousand potential readers. It's pretty faboo.
jakobdrud
Jun. 6th, 2012 12:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Terri-Lynne. That's a nifty marketing tool.
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