Saturday, October 3, 2015

Top news for what's hot in marketing your book

Kim Smith is the author of The Dread Room, now available on Amazon. You can find more about Kim at her website at including news and info on her podcast,


Hey there Murderers, welcome to OCTOBER! wow...where did the year go?

So...over on my blog I am running a survey (CLICK HERE) to get input on my site. If you are interested, be sure to check it out and leave your email address to be in the running for a free copy of my latest, The Dread Room. Very Halloween-ish.

I also have a really cool podcast interview (and video) with Jeanne Gassman, historical THRILLER author. You should check it out here.

And more info about The Dread Room can be found here

Recently, over on my blog, I discussed popular marketing tips. Here it is :
What is working so far as marketing your book is concerned? I can recall a great number of things that used to work and work well. But in reality, book blog tour and Goodreads giveaways for promoting your new release is SO 2011.

They have joined the ranks of things that used to work. Along with a slew of other things, like a constant stream of "my book is free" and "my book is 99 cents" on every site that would allow it.

Now? Not so much. Book buyers are smarter, more savvy, and way way more into mobile apps.

So what DOES work? Well, I am glad you asked.

Here are a few things I have found from Internet searching.

My top 5 things to sell more books.

1. Own your own content. That means buy the domain name and you own it. And that includes every blog post, etc. You can invite readers to read your site info and that's considered pretty harmless promo.

2. Use social media to draw attention to yourself. Your readers want to know YOU. They won't follow a book, but they will follow a person. IF that person happens to be a writer, well cool.

3. BookBub ads. The ad life is hard to break into. Facebook ads work on some levels, for some people, but BB ads seem to be more concentrated in the right niche.

4. Write more books! For crying out loud, you can promote until tomorrow never comes or you can just dig in and WRITE another book. If customers aren't interested in the first one, then it could happen to number two. Haha. I just said number two.

5. Remember this is a marathon not a sprint. So many people say that, but few remember it. Now you have been reminded. Getting a book noticed takes a good cover, great editing, and a long while for people to figure out it exists.

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