We’ve heard you guys loud and clear: book marketing sucks, it takes up too much time, etc, etc. Luckily, the self-publishing blogosphere has come through with some fun, unique and effective ways to promote your book. Let’s check them out in this week’s edition of As The Self-Pub World Turns!
- QR Codes by Joel Friedlander. You know those funny black and white codes you see on everything from billboards and magazines to t-shirts and movie screens? They’re called QR codes and they offer up an interesting book marketing opportunity.
- 5 Pinterest Tricks for Indie Authors by Wise, Ink. If you’re not already hopelessly addicted to Pinterest, well, consider yourself lucky. We actually found ourselves pondering its usefulness to indie authors a couple of weeks ago when, lo and behold, the good folks at Wise, Ink. read my mind and released these great tips.
- Indie Authors: Getting Those All-Important Reviews by Rachel Abbott. You guys know the deal: objective reviews are absolutely essential to building credibility for your book. Rachel covers the basics in 3 phases that make it easy for you to get started.
- KDP Select Free Promo Update by John Betcher. John had great success in several rounds on the KDP Select free promo rollercoaster. Learn from his experience and results in his informative update post.
- 7 Worst Mistakes Indie Authors Make by Joanna Penn. From not understanding yourself and your target market to forgoing marketing and editing, Joanna covers the worst mistakes you can make as an indie author (and we happen to agree with them all!)
- GoodReads: 8 Things Writers Should Know and Pinterest: 13 Things Writers Should Know by Rachelle Gardner. Two easy-to-read and informative overviews on two social networks that can be overwhelming for authors. Rachelle also points out in her posts that she’s not saying you have to use GoodReads or Pinterest, but that if you choose to use them, make sure you do it right!
- A Quick Guide for Self-Publishers Worried About eBook Formats by Bubblecow. While not directly promo-related, eBook formats are an often confusing topic that Bubblecow does a great job of breaking down in this informative guide.
- Godin on Libraries, Literary Agents and the Future of Book Publishing by DigitalBookWorld. Seth Godin is one of those people I feel like exists in some sort of higher plane than the rest of us — and when he speaks, people listen. Check out this interview for his thoughts on the future of book publishing (and why, just because you write, doesn’t mean you should get paid for it).
Now we open the floor to you! I know you guys have also found some awesome posts/resources in the past couple of weeks — won’t you please share with the class? Take a few moments to leave the link in the comments so we can all have some lovely Monday reading!