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Dan Long Jr.

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Getting the word out
Posted: Aug 26, 2017 7:11 AM
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I just published my first book and I am just trying to think and make sure I am covering the best avenues possible to let everyone know my product is out there.
I've posted on Facebook and on book pages on Facebook that will let you promote.
Called the local papers see if they want to do a story.
Contacted local podcast people
Created a author profile on Goodreads
Starting on the radio stations.
Created an Author page on Amazon

Thank you all for your knowledge for steering a newbie the right direction.
Notjohn

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Re: Getting the word out
Posted: Aug 26, 2017 12:47 PM   in response to: Dan Long Jr. in response to: Dan Long Jr.
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Here's a useful blog post on promoting your book: https://insights.bookbub.com/marketing-a-new-book-tactics-authors-publishers-love

And one on getting the most out of your Amazon store listing: https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/2017/03/07/sell-more-books-on-amazon/

BookBaby has a free PDF download just out. I haven't read it yet, but it looks good.

Good luck! -- NJ

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Re: Getting the word out
Posted: Aug 26, 2017 1:47 PM   in response to: Dan Long Jr. in response to: Dan Long Jr.
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Hi Dan – first of all, congratulations on publishing your first book. Second of all, please be advised that no amount of posting on Facebook pages, calling of local papers, contacting local podcast people, creating an author profile on Goodreads, starting on the radio stations, or even creating an author page on Amazon will be of any use to you in selling your book and making money, if your book is not what kindle customers on Amazon wish to buy. There are various genres on Amazon, and various sub genres within those genres, and various niches within those subgenres. Some of those niches sell like hot cakes, while others sell about as well as woolly jumpers in a heatwave. And there are some books out there that don’t fit into any genre or niche and float around on the great Amazonian river ungazed at, unbought, and unloved. I don’t know what your book is, but as you are a newbie, and as you seem to be tempted toward the whole “how to I promote my book” school of thought, I say to you: "stop". Don’t waste long hours contacting people who don’t want to be contacted. And certainly don’t waste your hard earned cash on any of the advertise-my-book scams that would suck the money straight out of your wallet faster than a mosquito on a pulsing vein. Instead, first think about what you are interested in writing, and then study those genres, sub-genres and niches on Amazon that are the most similar to what you want to write, suss out what is hot and what is not, and then write and publish accordingly. And then, fellow writer, if you’ve done your homework and if you’ve got it right – sales will be yours.
Danielle Teresa...

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Re: Getting the word out
Posted: Aug 26, 2017 2:04 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
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Twitter, Tumblr, a blog and Instagram are good and make use of hashtags, if you can use as many as you can that have to do with your book. You can ask friends and family to retweet and reblog your posts. The writing community on Instagram. Tumblr, and Twitter are huge! I also don't think you need Facebook,
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