Selling books isn’t about the big things you do. Instead, it’s about doing one or two things every day to get you and your book in front of readers. Here are four things you can start working on right now to grow your book sales for the future.
1. Team Up
Two heads are better than one, right? Find a fellow author in your genre or niche to trade guest blogging gigs with. You can also bounce ideas off of each other and promote each others books.As self publishing authors we tend to think we are alone this world but we’re not. Keep your eye out on Twitter or Facebook for an author who you’d want to work with. Check out their blog and book before you email them, just to make sure that you’re of similar mindsets. Then get to work!
2. Write a Blog Post
One of the best things you can do for your visibility is to write blog posts. The more you write, the better chance that readers who share your mindset will find you. Write your blog about something related to your book–maybe you have a unique setting or you named a character after your beloved grandmother. Write to get people excited about your writing, not to tell them how hard it is for you.
3. Do Some Amazon Recon
Head over to Amazon and find out who the top selling author is in your genre. Then track them down on Twitter or Facebook and follow them. Check out their blog and website. Watch how they engage their fans and/or promote their work. Take notes and implement at least one thing. Promoting a book can be subjective, what works for one book doesn’t work for another. So explore all of your options and keep at it until you find the combination that works for you.
4.Pick a Social Media Network and Focus on It
Social media can be overwhelming. It’s impossible to be everywhere all the time, so just pick one network and focus on it. If you have no idea where to start, use Google to find blog posts from other authors on what they do or did to become successful. If Twitter isnt’ your thing, give Pinterest a shot. There are millions of people out there for you to connect with–so get started!
The very best tip I could ever share with you is simply to do something every single day to promote your book. It doesn’t have to be mammoth–just one little thing every single day–and before you know it, you’ll have created a nice platform for you and your book to stand on.
Do you have any marketing ideas that worked for you? Share them below!