I know it’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted but…writing suddenly seems easier than publishing. Writer’s block even sounds good. Any writer going through the publishing process with Amazon (KDP, CreateSpace or both) and Smashwords knows exactly what I mean. Page Breaks. Typeface. Blocking. Table of Contents. Front Matter. All tedious and time consuming! But the end is near. My proof is on it’s way (again – already made corrections to the first one). As a preview, here’s the final cover (which I love!!):
Now that I’m only days away from my publishing date, it’s time to turn my mind to the matter of marketing. (Again, I’m not getting nearly enough actual writing done). At this point, I’m aware that social media and guest posting are excellent options. Reviews are also important. Although I can’t yet vouch for any of this information, here are a few sites that might be useful:
Some of the various sites out there say the same thing. Create a blog (duh!). Use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. Some are slightly different. One said to attach the link to purchasing your book to every e-mail you send out right under your name. To your child’s teacher, to the customer service department at ?? (name a company, any company), to, well, everyone you have any contact with. This has some merit – if you don’t want all your future e-mails spammed by your family and friends. Self-promotion seems like a must, but being realistic about how and where you do it also seems important.
So, while I’m waiting for my final proof and publication date, it’s time to develop a marketing plan.
What do you think works best?