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.
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.
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,