Monday, 11 November 2013

Promotion

Buy my books or the dusty paper flowers get it!
Promotion's a pain, isn't it? Writers don't generally like doing it and most readers don't want to be presented with a constant stream of adverts every time they look at an author blog, Facebook page, twitter account etc.

Advertising isn't something I'm good at, but I have to try or no one will read my books - and if they don't there's no point writing them. Sigh.

If you have a book to promote, or are looking for something to read, you might like  iAuthor. They offer a free book advertising service.

How do you discover the books you read?

30 comments:

  1. Thanks for this link, Patsy. Looks worth a try

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  2. A quality magazine covering your favourite genres is a good bet. I found a lot of great books through SFX magazine, which covers SF, Fantasy and Horror.

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    1. That's a good idea, Stephen. Some of the magazines I like to carry book reviews.

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  3. I get my reading from following author blogs and listening to my friends - and from the NY Times book reviews. This is the first time I've had a novel of my own to promote (I won't do it here). It gets to be a full-time job in a hurry. A lot harder than writing one, but it has some fun moments.

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    1. Good luck with 'The Summer Boy' Henry. I agree that promotion can seem harder work than the writing.

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  4. Oh noes!! Save the flowers!!! LOL!!!

    Usually through the review pages of a newspaper or mag! Take care
    x

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    1. Those scissors are as sharp as they look, Kitty!

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  5. My mum and I have the same taste - she reads them and then passes the good ones on to me... oh, and of course, I often read blogging friends' books.

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    1. Having a friend or relative who shares your tastes sounds a real advantage, Wendy.

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  6. I decide on books through Goodreads and blogs, and what catches my eye in the bookstore. I can imagine that promoting would get soul-wearing. But it can always be done w/class! There's this one blog that I never visit b/c there's never anything personal from the author- just tons and tons of links to her book here and there and everywhere! Bleh, no thanks! =)

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    1. You visit here, Leandra - does that mean I'm not totally without class?

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  7. Hi Patsy .. you're doing wonders having written your books in the first place ... good luck with the promotion though ... Hilary

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    1. Getting them written is a good start, Hilary!

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  8. For me it's totally word of mouth--and 95% of my list comes directly from bloggers. There is the RARE occasion I'll just pick something up off a shelf, but typically not until I've read the reviews or seen that friends with similar taste liked it.

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    1. Word of mouth is probably the best form of promotion, Crystal - and the one we have least control over.

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  9. Goodreads, bookstores, the libraries, blogs, newspapers and magazines.
    I have no method. My selection is based on the serendipity of life.

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    1. Serendipity plays a part in my selections too, Julia.

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  10. I struggle so much with promotion. After 18 months, I still haven't figured it out.

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  11. Your are the best promotion for your books Patsy. With your humour and fun blog, more sales will come. And by the way, those flowers need chopping up. You can get beautiful real chrysanths this time of the year:)))

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    1. Real flowers are much better, Suzy I quite agree.

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  12. I hate promotion so much. I suck at it and I don't want to do it! (That's me stomping my feet like a three-year-old.) :-P

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  13. I agree. Promotion is the hardest thing of all, especially if (as I did with my first novel) you expect the publishers to do it, and therefore leave it too late. No-one tells you how much you have to do yourself, and I HATE it!

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    1. I didn't have a clue either, Frances. Now at least I know to do it - if not how to do it.

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  14. I agree, promotion is such a pain! I never feel like I'm doing it correctly...

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    1. I suspect there isn't a right way, Heather.

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  15. Ugh. Promo is the worst. But, alas, a necessary evil, huh?

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