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Old 09-04-2012, 11:57 AM   #1
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How do you promote your book?

I've finished my first e-book and its on Amazon and i'm proud of it.

Of course unless I do something to attract attention to it, my early retirement recedes into the distance. I can imagine that doing nothing will result in a trickle of sales (there's 21,867 other books in the same category).

I'm going to contact lots of reviewers, magazines, newspapers, etc to get them to write about the book and tell the world. I've built a website too.

What have/would you do to get your precious book noticed?

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Old 09-04-2012, 01:28 PM   #2
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We first proofread our titles!

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Old 09-04-2012, 04:05 PM   #3
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We first proofread our titles!

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My thoughts exactly on the title, though it is easy to accidentally mis-type something now and then.
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:34 PM   #4
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Keep writing. I've found success at offering an introductory product at a reduced price or free. Sales of my initial book went up after I released a lead-in novella that told a brief but complete story involving some of the main characters.
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Old 09-05-2012, 02:23 AM   #5
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:18 AM   #6
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Think about what makes you buy a book, and do that. Then think about what annoys you about people trying to sell something and don't do that.
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:07 AM   #7
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Think about what makes you buy a book, and do that. Then think about what annoys you about people trying to sell something and don't do that.
Hmmm.....
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:18 AM   #8
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You could start a rumour that your doddering old grandmother used a lottery ticket for a book mark then returned the book to the store before learning that the ticket had won.
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:58 AM   #9
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You could start a rumour that your doddering old grandmother used a lottery ticket for a book mark then returned the book to the store before learning that the ticket had won.
That's a bit tricky with an ebook

I was hoping to hear of people's secrets to success...
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:30 PM   #10
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My plan is to send letter to Southern US church leader say that the book (my book) turned my children against God and the church so it need to be band. A book that has a banning attempt on it's dust jacket goes right to the best seller list.

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That's a bit tricky with an ebook

I was hoping to hear of people's secrets to success...
TBH there have been numerous threads on this, in this subsection in fact. Maybe a good place to start would be with reading them.
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:55 AM   #12
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TBH there have been numerous threads on this, in this subsection in fact. Maybe a good place to start would be with reading them.
But if anyone here does have the magic answer they're keeping it to themself. The key to marketing isn't bombarding random people with stuff they don't want, it's finding the people who do want it. There's thousands of forums out there for people with any minority interest you could think of. One of those would probably be the best place to start, but there's no point just throwing adverts at them, they'll just tune you out.
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:00 AM   #13
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But if anyone here does have the magic answer they're keeping it to themself. The key to marketing isn't bombarding random people with stuff they don't want, it's finding the people who do want it. There's thousands of forums out there for people with any minority interest you could think of. One of those would probably be the best place to start, but there's no point just throwing adverts at them, they'll just tune you out.
True, but that's not what all the discussions involve, there is lots of actual good information. But I agree the best way is to "Write better fiction" - the market will find you.
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It is simple really...

1) Write a GOOD book
2) Have it professionally edited
3) Get a good cover
4) Get book edited again
5) Put book in ever store you have access to, mention it to everywhere you can (blogs, friends, FB, Twitter, etc, etc)
6) While doing step 5, go back and start over with step one.
7) Repeat unlit you are dead.
8) Profit!
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:46 PM   #15
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True, but that's not what all the discussions involve, there is lots of actual good information. But I agree the best way is to "Write better fiction" - the market will find you.
Is this a variation on what Sue Grafton said?

"If you have a good story to tell and if you write it well, the Universe will come to your aid."


To the OP: Make sure your book is listed on GR, Shelfari and Library Thing. Create an author page with them.
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