Tips on marketing by N.N.Light Author Promotions
“Marketing is first and foremost about connecting.”
Wendy Paine Miller
Book promotion is something most authors dread. I get that and I’m here to help. Being an author myself, I know how overwhelming it is to sell and market your book. In today’s publishing market, both traditional and indie authors are expected to promote and be active on social media.
Mary Anne asked me to share some book promotion tips with you today. Who am I? My name is Mrs. N and I’m the co-owner of N. N. Light Author Promotions. I’m a social media marketer by trade and I have the social media reach of over thirty-million. I’ve been in the book industry for over twenty-six years and I specialize in matching books to readers. In addition, I’m the author of five books (with more on the way). Here are my top ten promo tips that take less than five minutes a day to take your book promotion to the next level:
1- Be real not a robot. What do I mean? Unless you’re an automated speaker created by Bezos, you’re a real person. Let the reader world see the real you. You’re more than your books and your writing career. Give readers a sneak peek into what you’re really like. As a baker, I like to post pics on Instagram what I’ve been baking. By showing them I’m a human who has an obsession with chocolate, they connect with me. Given enough time, we forge a friendship and they’ll be curious what my books I’m publishing.
2- Pick three social media platforms to consistently post curated content. I find my time is limited and tend to post daily if I focus on three platforms. While I have several social media accounts, I’m mainly on Twitter, Instagram and my website. I concentrate on growing my readers with eye-catching tweets, pics and posts.
In order to keep followers interested, it’s important to have different content for different platforms. I tweet about several topics, not just books and reading. The same goes for Instagram. While there will be overlapping topics, I use new words to draw readers in. My ultimate goal is to bring them to my website and click-through to buy my books. This should be your goal as well.
3- Get visual with graphics. Studies show that 76% more readers will click-through to check out your book(s) if a graphic/photo accompanies your blog posts/tweet/update. Readers are visual creatures and one way to pique their interest is to create a quote graphic. I use Canva and Book Brush for all of my graphics. It’s easy to use and they both have lots of free templates to make creating beautiful graphics a breeze.
4- Try new ways to reach readers. Every day, a new article is written on ways to reach new readers and get people to buy your books. Everything from contests to book reviews to appearing on a booktuber’s channel are offered but it’s those marketing ideas that are out of the box thinking which tend to yield the greatest results.
One of the most inventive ones I encountered recently was an author’s cover reveal. Instead of just releasing a post, she ran a scavenger hunt on her website. She’d secretly hidden her new cover all over her website and you had to list all ten places where it was. The prize to the winner was a gift card but it was fun!
Guest posting on other authors’/bloggers’ websites are another great way to reach new to you readers. I incorporate this strategy quite a bit. I reach out to a potential and ask about any promotional opportunities available. There’s a ton of authors looking for content on their website/blog while you’re looking for readers who aren’t aware of your books yet. It’s a win-win!
5- Don’t get bogged down by numbers. We live in a world obsessed by statistics. It’s easy to get discouraged if your tweet wasn’t retweeted or your site stats are tanking. There’s one thing you need to concentrate on and that’s attracting new readers.
Think about what makes you click on a post or a tweet. Was it the wording, the image or something else? Once you have the answer, use it in your social media promotion. Stay motivated.
Look at what topics get a lot of views and then get creative. You’re a writer and creativity is in your DNA. If something doesn’t draw attention, then try something else.
6- Automation is fine but don’t rely on it 100%. When everything is automated, it seems, the way to stand out is to resist turning into a robot. I use Triberr as part of my connecting with authors, book bloggers, publishers and readers. But I don’t rely on it for 100% of my tweets. I pepper my Twitter feed with real tweets as well as replying to others. Why? Well, no one wants to interact with a robot and I’m all about interacting. I want authors to realize the importance of bringing the social back to social media.
7- Pound the virtual pavement. Reach out to the publishing community and ask for help. If you struggle with getting book reviews, followers and so forth, ask for help. Sign up for author groups. Do your homework (search for answers online). Research what’s hot right now. No one said being an author is easy. It takes a lot of sweat and innovation to be a success.
8- Get on Goodreads as a reader, not just an author. Your love for the written word is one of the reasons you became an author in the first place. Let your reader side out and talk about books. There’s a ton of fun groups on Goodreads. Write reviews. Talk about what books you’re looking forward to reading. Connect with readers. It’s all about real interactions when it comes to the author-reader relationship.
9- Utilize Prolific Works/Book Funnel to your advantage. The whole point of these companies is to bring together readers and authors. It works great for handing out prizes or giving out ARCs to your readers but it’s also a way to introduce readers to you and your books. You can create a sample (the first few chapters) of your book and give it away for free. You can get new readers to check out your books by signing up for genre-themed giveaways. This is especially effective when you’re writing a series and want to give away a prequel, book one or like I mentioned above, a sample.
10- Be proactive, courteous and humble. This is key to not only marketing your books but being a success in the book industry. You can’t sit there and wait for readers to come to you. You have to be proactive. Being courteous is simply treating others how you’d like to be treated. Don’t be uppity and look down your nose at readers. They are your bread and butter. They are the reason you’re a writer. Be humble. When someone gives you a glowing review or mentions you in a tweet, thank them. Remember, the book world is small and while there are a lot of authors out there, if you’re a snarky, ungrateful author, word will spread like wildfire. It’s much better to be an author with a generous spirit.
I hope these tips have helped you to see that book promotion is not only essential but fun, too. You’ve done the hard stuff, writing and publishing the book. Promotion is sharing your writing with the world while building your brand.
N. N. Light Author Promotions
N. N. Light Author Promotions, a family-run PR firm, has been in business since 2015 and we pride ourselves on our literary matchmaking abilities. Our followers trust our opinion and if we tell them a book is great, they will often check it out. Many readers discover new authors via word of mouth, especially quality honest book reviews and author interviews. We have the social media reach of over thirty million. We love promoting authors and this is a great way to get exposure for you and your book. Getting people talking about your book is an important step to success as an author. We will create enormous buzz about your book, offer advice and our expertise for your benefit. Before we let you know what we offer and how we operate, let us tell you a little bit about ourselves.
Mrs. N was born in Minnesota, lived in Southern California only to move to chilly Ontario, Canada to marry her beloved husband MR N. She is the co-author (along with Mr. N) of five books. Our combined fifty-seven-year expertise while working in the publishing industry has helped us tremendously in how to write, edit, review, market and promote books in today’s publishing market. We love helping writers achieve their dream of being a successful author.
Mr. N is a numismatist by trade for the largest coin dealer in Canada but has always loved reading and reviewing books. Joining forces with his wife, they write together under the pen name N. N. Light and he especially loves helping other authors succeed.
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Mrs. N, what an interesting post. Thanks so much for swinging by and sharing your wisdom. As a reader, not a writer, I must say I always appreciate it when I feel like I'm talking to a 'real' person instead of someone who's just trying to get me to buy their books.ReplyDelete
Guys, I've used the Lights with book promotions and I've always been really happy with the service.
There is nothing I dislike more than talking to a machine. So, when I get a chance to talk to a real person, I do a little happy dance. *\o/*Delete
Thanks for the praise, Anna. It always makes me feel good when our clients are pleased with our work.
A fascinating post, Mrs N. Your advice has given me something to think about. I do find book promotion difficult but I agree with what you say about being/showing the 'real person' behind the writer. I'll hop over to your site and take a look. Thank you for sharing your useful tips.ReplyDelete
Thank you for your kind words, Millie. It's lovely to meet you. I hope you'll give us a try. If you want to schedule a free spotlight to test the waters, so to speak, let me know and I'll secure you a Book Heaven Wednesday spot for April. Send me a message on the website or send me an email: nnlight [at] nnlightsbookheaven [dot] com :)Delete
Thanks so much, Mary Anne, for inviting us to share some tips. :)ReplyDelete