Reading Catch-Up, As Promised
Although there’s still more to go, I did make some progress catching up on my technical reading yesterday. And thank goodness! There’s a ton of information in these essays/posts that will hopefully be as helpful to you as I believe they’ll be to me moving forward with this Journey.
Here are two links that address holding book events in non-bookstore venues. This concept was probably the most relevant and useful of all the tips I ran across in this latest batch of reading. Really expanded my thinking and proved to be immensely energizing. Since I’m already scheduled in a restaurant, a lounge, and someone’s home, these articles also served as reassurance that I’m not totally nuts. http://www.amarketingexpert.com/beyond-the-bookstore-holding-book-events-in-non-traditional-venues/, http://ezinearticles.com/?Book-Signings—Seven-Locations-Outside-the-Bookstore&id=4058271.
Since the mission of this blog is to chronicle a non-traditional publishing Journey (see Blog Launch Posting on November 4, 2009), I was drawn to Jane Friedman’s (of Writer’s Digest) interview of author John Sundman. He began the “do-it-yourself” path twenty years ago, before anyone ever thought that could possibly be a good idea and before there was any technology to help. His story about “building an enthusiastic fan base” completely on his own is really inspirational. http://blog.writersdigest.com/norules/2010/09/07/BuildingAnEnthusiasticFanBaseAsASelfPublishedAuthor.aspx
This article addresses exposure for books through blog tours, something I need to learn about from scratch and then do. One of the most valuable tips was the reference to www.bookblogs.ning.com, which looks like a place every author needs to be. I’ll be getting into that one in more detail myself later on today (yes–yet another to-do added). http://blog.marketingtipsforauthors.com/2010/09/5-tips-to-get-massive-exposure-for-your.html
Since 500 million people are on Facebook, this title caught my attention: “Using Facebook to Amplify Your Reach (and Not Annoy People).” There are lots of important do’s and don’t’s in here that everyone should read, regardless of what we do for a living, but especially if we’re trying to promote a book. http://blog.marketingtipsforauthors.com/2010/09/5-tips-to-get-massive-exposure-for-your.html
Finally, who could pass up tips about how best to use Amazon? I’m fairly active on that site already, but I definitely need to explore and understand further the point about Amazon’s “browsing paths.” http://blog.marketingtipsforauthors.com/2010/09/5-tips-to-get-massive-exposure-for-your.html
Hope there’s some perfect timing for you somewhere in these links! Please let me know what you think.