Marketing Your Book: Do You Quack About Your Book … or Just Peep Here and There?

Do You Quack About Your Book … or Just Peep Here and There?

Do You Quack About Your Book … or Just Peep Here and There?

When the year began to unfold, many authors who entered their books in award competitions got good  news—their books were award winners.  Author U has gotten notification of several members who have earned recognition from book awards, with the latest being the National Indie Excellence Awards.  Congratulations to Members who picked up a variety of awards and honors:

Judith BrilesAuthor YOU: Creating and Building the Author and Book Platforms 
Rhondda Evans HartmanNatural Childbirth Exercises for the Best Birth Ever
Lynn Hellerstein50 Tips To Improve Your Sports Performance
Dianne Maroney The Imagine Project: Stories of Courage, Hope & Love
Gail MenciniTo Tuscany with Love
Mara PurlWhere the Heart Lives
Joseph P. SchultzIn Search of Higher Wisdom: Conversations About Religion, Spirituality and Mysticism
Joseph P. SchultzThe Kabbalistic Journey: From Religion to Spirituality to Mysticism
Barbara Edwards SternbergAnne Evans – A Pioneer in Colorado’s Cultural History: The Things That Last When Gold is Gone
Barbara StrattonYour Child: It’s Up To You! Respect Principles Applied Toddler to Teen
A. J. WhiteThe Bloomers: Wise Women Creating a New World
Debbie WildeThe Sustainable Nonprofit: 10 Strategies to Grow a Successful and Exceptional Organization

What are they going to do with their kudos?

Here’s what: get their Quacker in gear. Tell the world … book buyers … your friends … your family … let retail outlets know that you’ve got national recognition … let the local media know … quack, quack, quack. Do it by:

1          Writing a media release—include a book cover on it as well as a website that reporters and producers can get more info. Make sure you have an email, day and cell phones on it. Send it to every contact you can things of. Include:

  • Any associations you are a member of.
  • The local media … if there is anything in the news going on that connects in any way with your title or expertise—pick up the phone and make an immediate pitch.
  • The national media—print, TV, radio.
  • Key Internet resources, such as the HuffPo and Slate—especially if you can tie it into anything that is remotely related to your topic.
  • Groups that are connected with your topic.

         Social media is your pal—get it up on your Facebook pages, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+ and anything else you are connected with. Not be shy—ask your friends to tell their friends … and either link the notices to your website so that they can see the book is available for sale or the Amazon link.

3          If your email Signature doesn’t have your book cover in it, add it and make sure you say include award-winning in description.

4          Write a Blog on it … make sure you now include that you are an award-winning author.

         If you have anything framed or attend a ceremony, include that as a photo. Otherwise you and your book are a lovely photo op duo.

         Post the news on Amazon. And if your friends haven’t given you a review, this is a great time to pick up the phone and share your news … and ask them if they would—then, follow up with an email that includes the link to your book’s Amazon page.  Make it easy for them!

7          Consider do a special award celebration and drop the price of your book on Amazon to its “deal” range for a day or two. Make sure your say that it’s a celebration of its national award. And let EVERYONE in your social media connections know. Even if they already have the book—for a couple of bucks, they just may pick up another or the eBook that they don’t already have to support you.

         Send your media release to a PR service for national distribution—this is part of your marketing dollars. There’s a variety of media/press release sites—check out Google for a list.

         Your website should shout the news. If you haven’t created a media tab on it yet, this is the time. If you have already received book reviews, this is a good spot to add them so others can read them as well. Don’t forget to post book reviews on your Amazon page as well if the book reviewer hasn’t.

10        If you are a speaker, or a desire to be, meeting planners like “award-winning”—use it … as when you talk with them, “I’m thrilled that my book was recently honored with the Gold Medal in _______ with the _______ book awards.”

11        Keep on marketing … you as the expert … and your book.

Quack, Quack, Quack …

If you don’t, you will turn into a little peep … and those get eaten!

 

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Judith Briles is known as The Book Shepherd a book publishing expert and coach. She is the Founder of Author U, a membership organization created for the serious author who wants to be seriously successful. She’s been writing about and conducting workshops on publishing since the 80s. Judith is the author of 31 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms (ForeWord Indie/Fab Book of the Year), Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers and a speaker at publishing conferences.

Become part of her inner circle by joining the Author’s Ark and exclusive monthly webinar and coaching event. Each summer, she holds Judith Briles Unplugged, a two day intensive limited to a small group of authors who want to be seriously successful. Her audio and workbook series, Creating Your Book and Author Platform is now available. Join Judith live on Thursdays at 6 p.m. EST for Author U – Your Guide to Book Publishing on the Toginet Network at http://tinyurl.com/AuthorURadio . Follow @AuthorU and @MyBookShepherd on Twitter and do a “Like” at AuthorU and Judith Briles – TheBookShepherd on Facebook. If you want to create a book that has no regrets, contact Judith at Judith@Briles.com.

 If you are looking for FREE author and book coaching … call in to Judith’s Author Monday Mornings at NOON Eastern each Monday. The number is 218-632-9854; Access Code 1239874444 … have your questions ready–there’s a full hour to ask and listen.

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4 Comments on Marketing Your Book: Do You Quack About Your Book … or Just Peep Here and There?

  1. I do not drop a lot of comments, but after
    looking at a few of the comments on this page Do You Quack About Your Book … or Just Peep
    Here and There? . I do have 2 questions for you if you do not mind.
    Is it just me or does it seem like some of
    the comments appear as if they are written by brain dead
    visitors? 😛 And, if you are posting on other social sites,
    I would like to keep up with everything new you
    have to post. Would you list of all of all your social networking
    pages like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

    • Judith Briles says:

      Yanik. On Twitter, it’s @AuthorU; join the LinkedIn group, Author U — lots of discussion going on; for Google+, the same. Suggest you subscribe to the monthly ezine, The Author Resource–info is on the website.

  2. Newbie questions here: Is there a listing of book awards & deadlines available somewhere? I submitted a story for an award once and paid an entry fee. Is that a common requirement?

    • Judith Briles says:

      Hi Peggy … it is common to pay for book entry fees for contests. Author U does two blogs a year that focus on book awards. Consider: IPPY, Indie Excellence, USA Book News, Writer’s Digest self published awards, Foreword Reviews for starters… all national and they do media releases, have dedicated websites. Good luck. Judith

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