Friday, January 21, 2011

Be your own book publicist

When it comes to book promotion, most authors are either paralyzed because they don't know what to do or where to begin, or they're throwing money at the latest tactic because they've heard that's what everyone else is doing. I understand both, but neither is good.

The chronic, widespread paralysis is caused either by a lack of information or information overload -- either you're clueless about what you should be doing, or you've read so much about book promotion that you can't sort out what does and doesn't apply to you. The "tactic of the month" approach comes from a lack of information about the best strategy to use -- and every book deserves its own strategy.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself when starting the book publicity and promotion process:
  • Who did I write the book for?
  • Where do I need to be to reach them? What do they read, watch, or listen to? Are they online, offline, or both? 
  • What's the best strategy for reaching them? Should I leverage my networks, tap into the research I did for the book, or focus on a specific tactic?
  • How much time do I have for book promotion?
  • What are the most cost-effective tactics, and will they help me get my book title in front of my target audience?
  • What promotional activities do I enjoy the most, and are they the types of things that will help me reach the right people for this book?
  • Is there anything I should outsource to someone who's better suited for the task?
  • What are the one or two things I have time for that will have an impact?
If you want to sell copies of your book, you have to promote it yourself -- there's just no way around it. And you've got to answer these questions if you're going to make progress. Learn what will make a difference with your book -- not anyone else's -- when you register for "Book Publicity 101: How to Build Book Buzz," the popular e-course running from January 31-February 25, 2011. You'll learn more about what works and what doesn't, the best options for your title, and, best of all, how to do it! We've got a few more openings for the course, so join us and enjoy the benefits of personal coaching in a group forum environment. 


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