Monday, 15 April 2019

Book promotion stuff

I'm a featured author on Book Hippo today! My free ebook, Not A Drop To Drink, gets a mention.

One of my collections of 25 family related stories is on sale for 99p/99c (and similar offers will follow for my other books in the family range). 

Of course I'm not the only person with books to promote. I've been wondering whether this blog could offer an opportunity for others to do that.

My idea is that the author would write a guest post about their book and offer a free copy to one person, who'd be selected from amongst those who left a comment.

Does that make sense? Would you be interested in taking part, either as an author or by trying to win a copy?

Shall I start if off with one of my own books?


Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I hate the marketing. It takes the fun out of everything. Why I'm embarking on career number 4.

Sharon Boothroyd said...

I'd be interested in the promotion aspect, but I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to give away a free copy as income from sales of this specific e- book are donated to the RSPCA.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Makes sense Patsy ... good idea - and look forward to yours ... cheers Hilary

Anonymous said...

I think it sounds like a reasonable idea. Marketing is something I truly do not enjoy. As one of the other poster's wrote, it does take the joy out of creating because it takes so much time, effort, and money for so little return. I'm on the fence about whether to continue writing at all. I know I'm a decent writer, but it's difficult to justify all the expense and effort I put in while other parts of life that make it worth living are not getting the attention they need. Plus, I once gave away books and other swag at a conference only to have one person who took my book and swag to post a negative review. She indicated the book was good but was disappointed that I didn't produce a sequel as fast as she wanted and gave me a 1-Star review. It takes at least 10 5-Star reviews to overcome the impact of one single 1-star review. I was crushed. After hundreds of dollars in editing, cover design, conference participation fees, and swag, I've made less than $20.00 of that book. Sorry to rant, but I do wish you luck and hope your promotion goes well.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I don't have a book to promote but I like the idea. I do something similar by featuring debut MG and YA authors with giveaways. It's always great to help other writers.

Fay Knowles said...

Congratulations, Patsy! You continue without fail to succeed! And your promo idea is a good one.

Patsy said...

@ Mac – You're right, marketing is no fun at all.

@ Sharon – Giving away ebooks isn't easy anyway, but especially so when they're intended to raise money for a charity.

@ Hilary – I made sense - phew! Not all my 'good' ideas do.

@ Anonymous – it can be very demoralising when we put in a lot of time and energy and get nothing good in return. I do think though that you may be worrying too much over one bad review. Potential readers will see you were given a low star rating for a silly reason and disregard it.

@ Natalie – Hopefully you'll take part and win yourself a book.

@ Fay. Thanks. I'm glad you like the idea.