By: Emma Right
Of course every author now knows that a website is an essential. And the other thing about the website is that it must sell the author and not just focus on the book. Readers want to find out more about the authors and having the website dwell more on the authors and less on the books helps authors in their future efforts when other books come along.
Then, there’s social media:
Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, are the four major honchos. And make sure you have a fan page, like mine: http://www.facebook.com/KeeperOfReign.
If you haven’t already please sign up for these sites. RIGHT NOW!
These are the places you could try to promote your books:
1. Access B&N.com and Sony eReader via Smashwords.com
2. Publish your digital books on scribd.com . They make it fast and easy
3. Go to Alexa.com to check the status of your blog or website. Can search engines even find your site? And where are you for key word searches? Page 100? Tsk tsp, not good.
4.Compare your site to your competition with Web Confs SEO Tools
5.Claim your blog at Technorati, the leader in blog info.
6.Use Social Oomph or Hootsuite to get more out of your Twitter account. I am on Hootsuite now, but I heard their Premium membership which is just under $10 is useful. Trouble is I am Techie Phobic and it takes me a long time to wrap my brain around some of the things I’d have to do if I joined. Also, if you’re trying to tweet 24 times a day (like the marketing experts recommend), visit Twindication. It’ll make that possible.
7.Create your writer’s profile on Google Profiles.
- 8. Set up your profiles/accounts on these pages:
- Set up an Amazon Best Seller campaign
- Set up your Amazon author’s page
- Set up your Goodreads author’s page
- Set up your Librarything author’s page
- Set up your Shelfari author’s page
10. Partner with other authors so you can help each other with your book launch–harness the power of networking. How do you think traditional publishers do it?They have been in the business for decades for the most part, and have built relationships, from who to write reviews for the next book coming out–notice how authors comment good things on others authors–probably they are all from the same publishing house. Indie authors have to learn to cooperate with one another too, so we can “act” like something bigger than just individual authors working separately.
11. Book some blog tours.
12.Advertise where the readers are—this is inevitable. If you believe in your book you’re going to have to invest in it.
Finally, having said all that, committing to a blog is probably the most essential of all the social platforms you are creating as an author. After setting up your blog, link it to your other social networks, so when you post a blog you can tweet it and also connect this to your Amazon author page and Facebook fan page as well.
Books written in blood. Most are lost, their Keepers with them. A curse that befell a people. A Kingdom with no King. Life couldn’t get more harrowing for the Elfies, a blend of Elves and Fairies. Or for sixteen-year-old Jules Blaze. Or could it?
For Jules, the heir of a Keeper, no less, suspects his family hides a forgotten secret. It was bad enough that his people, the Elfies of Reign, triggered a curse which reduced the entire inhabitants to a mere inch centuries ago. All because of one Keeper who failed his purpose. Even the King’s Ancient Books, did not help ward off that anathema.
Now, Gehzurolle, the evil lord, and his armies of Scorpents, seem bent on destroying Jules and his family. Why? Gehzurolle’s agents hunt for Jules as he journeys into enemy land to find the truth. Truth that could save him and his family, and possibly even reverse the age-long curse. Provided Jules doesn’t get himself killed first.
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Genre - Young Adult Adventure Fantasy
Rating – G
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