Monday, April 1, 2019
Traditional Publishing and the Author Platform - Be Realistic
Best sellers happen to unknown authors. Getting on the New York Times Best Seller list happens. Breakout books happen to new authors.
But . . .
Yes, of course, there’s a ‘but.’ Statistically speaking, about 80% or more of all books don’t succeed.
Every new author needs to enter the publishing arena with open eyes. She needs to be realistic as to what’s required of her and what her chances are.
So, how do you help increase your chances of getting your book to succeed? How do you create a successful writing career, even if you don’t have a breakout book?
3 of the Most Important Tips to Effective Author Platform Building and Book Marketing
Whether you landed a book contract or not (if you’re self-publishing these three tips are just as important, if not more so):
1. You absolutely need an author website. And, it needs to be optimized.
Optimization means having the right domain name, the right website title and subtitle, using keywords, optimizing your blog posts, creating the ‘right’ web pages, using optimized images, and so on.
Another key optimization trick is to keep your website simple: easy to read, easy to navigate, and uncluttered.
If you want to learn how to create an optimized website, or if you already have one but need to optimize it, you should check out Bluehost. They have techs to help you get your site up and running for FREE if you get their hosting service.
You can get your website up and running in one day or take five days.
It’s got one-on-one with the instructor and video training.
2. You need an understanding of how to market you book.
According to the February 2013 issue of The Writer, “The slam-dunk team” article explains, “Publishing houses want a business partner, someone who’s going to work hard from the get-go, tirelessly promoting, working connections, and never saying no to an opportunity.”
Do you know how to blog effectively? Do you know about creating a subscriber list and using email marketing for more sales? Do you know how to work social media marketing to increase website traffic, boost authority, and boost sales?
These marketing strategies are all part of an optimized author/writer platform – they’re considered inbound marketing. While it’s all must-know-stuff, it can be easy to do.
There are lots of online opportunities to learn these skills. One super-effective and super-reasonable tool is this 4-week e-class through WOW! Women on Writing:
Give Your Author/Writer Business a Boost with Inbound Marketing
3. Put your website and new found knowledge to work.
It’s true there is much involved in building your platform and book marketing, but once you get the hang of it, it will become second-nature. Think of it like a puzzle. You have to put the pieces together before you get the results you want.
Have an optimized author website; create an Amazon Author Page; get book reviews; blog your way to traffic; use email marketing to promote new releases; and use social media marketing to widen your marketing reach.
Give your publisher what she wants: A book marketing savvy author.
4. This is a bonus tip:
According to just about all expert book marketers, including Chuck Sambuchino and Jane Friedman, you need to have all your marketing strategies in place before you even start submitting to book publishers or literary agents.
So, if you’re writing a book or you’re in the submissions process, be sure to get your author platform and book marketing strategies in place.
Be able to tell a publisher or agent that, YES – you can help market your book.
This article was first published at:
children’s ghostwriter as well as the founder and editor-in-chief of Writers on the Move. She is also an author/writer online platform instructor with WOW! Women on Writing.
You can check out Karen’s e-classes through WOW! at:
And, be sure to connect with Karen at:
MORE ON WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING
SEO or Authors Part10 - Friendly URLs for Blogposts
The Ins-and-Outs of Contests and Your Book
How to Name Your Protagonist
Even if you don't participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month in November), the NaNoWriMo site has resources and community ...
You may be an author or writer who takes the time to comment on other websites. This is an effective online marketing strategy. It builds br...
by Valerie Allen When naming your characters it’s tempting to give your friends, family, or coworkers a chance for their 15 minutes o...
I sometimes run Q and A a la Ann Landers columns in my SharingwithWriters newsletter using questions that my clients ask me or that subsc...