Calling ALLi Members: As some of you know, we are doing a monthly giveaway through our Goodreads Group, starting this month. This is an opportunity for you (paid-up ALLi members only) to showcase books to some of Goodreads's eight million…
So, Are you good at selling your books online? Take the test and find out, says Nick Atkinson. [from the FutureBook Blog] 1. Choose your book. Pick something that's been released for at least a couple of weeks but it doesn't matter…
Marketeers say the key to promoting a book is to take off your writer's hat. But, argues Orna Ross, that makes indie authors vulnerable to crass self-promotion. The key, she says, is to connect your reach-out to readers with your…
Trying to get readers to write a review is like getting your two-year-old child to take a horrible-tasting medicine, says ALLi member and regular contributor, Giacomo (Jim) Giammatteo. But it is possible and it is worth it. In the first of a three-part series on reviews, he explains how he gets more than twenty reviews a month.
The Process of Getting Reviews
I launched my book in mid April 2012. Since then I have managed to get seven editorial reviews, 77 reviews on Amazon, and another 44 reviews on Goodreads. No matter how you look at it, that’s a lot of reviews (more than 20 per month) so how do you get that many reviews?
I can tell you it’s not by having a big family. I didn’t have my wife write one (mostly for fear of what she’d say) and I didn’t have either of my sons write a review. A few family members did write reviews—the ones who read the kind of books I write. And guess what, one of those reviews was not a five star. (Yeah, I know. Tough family)
For what it’s worth, here’s the secret—work your
Self publishing is at the cutting edge of the most interesting, radical and provocative writing that's happening right now. Dan Holloway comes up from writing his own great work to overground some others. Underground, Overground… No, whilst they were a central part…
We had a wide-ranging discussion on the ALLi Member-Only Facebook Page recently about book promotion and how to reach readers, that deserves a wider audience.
And then, as is wont to happen on our lively discussion page, the chat started:
- Joni Rodgers Interesting. I think free has its place, but we have to be more strategic about it than we were during Kindle Select shakedown cruise. I just launched a book in Kindle Select, hoping to get some little bullet point ( ie “#1 mystery download!” “Top 10 on Kindle Select”) but I’m not keeping books enrolled.
- James Calbraith So how does a new author increase their visibility now? Kindle Select used to be the last thing that still worked…
- Natalie Wright That’s a good question James.
- Joni Rodgers: James, that’s the question that’s always been asked within corporate publishers as well, and in recent years the responsibility has shifted increasingly away from
For publicity purposes, there are essentially two kinds of blogs, those that are an offshoot of another form of media, such as a newspaper, magazine or radio show; and those that are independent stand-alones. Either way, they are usually written by a single individual or a small group and have a very personal feel to them.
Like people, blogs can be quirky, opinionated and prejudiced. You are off to a great start if you think if them as people – as funny as your Aunt Bessie or grumpy as your old Uncle Carl.
1) Blogs Are Not an Afterthought
When it comes to media, some rank contacts in order of ‘importance’, with television being the golden ticket and blogs being something you try once other
In an over-crowded marketplace, we assume it’s reviews that sell books and, predictably, it’s now possible to buy “honest reviews”. Could paid-for reviews be a good investment? Possibly, but I think we should be asking ourselves a different question—how do books find their readers? Or, to put it another way, what makes a book visible in the marketplace?
On its website, Boston-based search engine optimisation (SEO) and marketing firm 'Brandignity' says: “Always write for humans first”. For those who don’t have much experience on the web, this may sound like an odd piece of advice, but I'm sure a…
We’ve been having a debate about self-promotion on our Alliance of Independent Authors’ member-only Facebook group. And one of our members, Richard Bunning, came up with a great idea to get around this perennial problem for self-publishers and the forums they hang out on.
Like most great ideas, it’s simple. Naturally, as writers, we want to share news of our books and other writings but
There is something of a validation in walking into a bookshop, especially a big-chain branch, and spying your book on the shelf. It’s something we crave as indie authors. But as indies, with corporate structure and head office guidelines, that shelf can often seem a million miles away.
But is getting our books into big chains as impossible as we think?
HOW I DID IT
I’m a fantasy author of The Emaneska Series and my books The Written and Pale Kings are permanently stocked in some 20+ Waterstones stores across the UK. I hold regular signings and events at a large number of branches across the South and the Midlands – around twenty so far in the past year.
I’ve just finished one