About Promotion

I'm only going to write about the things I do or have done--hoping some of you readers will tell what catches you eye enough to buy a book, or writers will add something that really worked for them.

  • I love to go to book and craft fairs--some are better than others, but you never know until you are there.
  • Blog tours. I'm not sure how well they work, but I enjoy doing them. I like writing about why I wrote the book, the characters, and the setting. Frankly, I love to write.
  • Appearing on other people's blogs. Every blog host has different people who follow them. It only makes sense to introduce yourself to other. I am a regular on two other blogs: Make Mine Mystery and Ladies of Mystery. https://makeminemystery.blogspot.com and https://ladiesofmystery.com/.
  • Giving presentations to writers and social groups. This is something I love to do. Sisters in Crime is a favorite and I love to speak to libraries too.
  • Offering a book in my series for free. This does work. Readers then buy other books in the series. You do need to advertise but there are plenty of inexpensive places to do that.
  • Offering a book in my series for .99 cents, this also works.
  • And of course, talking about a book on Facebook--especially if there is something new to say about it, such as a new review that popped up on Amazon.
  • I've done ads on Facebook, but not sure they worked all that well. If someone has had another experience, please write about it in the comments.
  • I have an email newsletter, and yes, it does result in book sales when I have a new book out. If you'd like to subscribe, say so in the comments.
I've probably done other things I can't think of now. Promoting must be ongoing if a writer is going to sell books. Believe me, most of us would rather stick to writing.

Marilyn


And this is the latest in my Deputy Tempe Crabtree series. I love the cover.

Comments

It's so hard to tell what works, but I feel certain what doesn't work is not promoting. The more you get your author name, author series, and book names out there, the better results. It takes a lot. I also do Facebook paid promotions occasionally and have no way to gage whether they work. The cost is reasonable, so I do it.
Thanks for commenting, Linda. All we can do is keep at ti.

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