Should I Be Blogging, Posting on Social, Or Both?

Authors have limited time on their hands. In today’s busy world, who doesn’t? So I frequently have authors who are wondering where they should invest what little marketing time they have. If you’ve ever asked the question, “Should I be blogging or investing my time in building a following on …

Identifying Your Target Reader: Tips for Authors

It’s true. Writing is a business. That’s especially the case in today’s world of sell-it-yourself self-publishing. So as a business person, you need to put on the thinking cap of a business executive. First task? Identifying your target reader. Just as the people who founded Pepsi Cola, Hasbro or Amazon mapped out …

Marketing Your Books Through Current Events

Quick. Check out Google Trends. What do you see? In case you’re not aware of Google Trends, it’s the branch of Google that shows you which search terms are being entered the most right now. And what is the thread that always seems to carry through each and every one of them? That …

January Round-Up: 5 Must Reads for Authors

Happy February. We’re now very much in the swing of 2016, with lots of news and advice for authors — both those who are self published and those taking the traditional route. In case you missed any of it, here are the must reads for authors from the last month. 1. 5 …

Our 5 Most-Read Blog Posts in 2015

A new year has begun, and with it will come a whole new batch of blog posts — chock full of advice, the latest news in the industry and more. But first, feast on our most-read blog posts of 2015. Please note that not all of these were published in …

September Round-Up: 5 Must Reads for Authors

October is here already, and fall is in full swing. With that in mind, here are five must reads for authors from the month of September. If you missed any of these the first time around, here’s your chance to catch up! An author reveals ten secrets to marketing your …

One Author Social Media Campaign Gets Creative

Social media is an important key to an author’s success. That’s especially true for fiction authors, since most readers don’t find their next read by searching on Google; they find it after they’re exposed to it through their social circles. Hence, the need for an author social media campaign. But one of …

Creating a Social Media Hashtag Campaign to Promote Your Book

Here’s an interesting idea for promotion of your book … tie a social media hashtag campaign to it. How would you do that? Well, start by following the idea currently being executed by Random House Children’s Books in conjunction with the ASPCA as an offshoot of the new, bestselling Dr. …

Should I Be Running a Paid Social Ad Campaign?

I get this question from authors all the time. I’ve even seen recent conversations about it on LinkedIn. Here’s the primary question: “Should I be running a paid social ad campaign — like Google Adwords, Facebook ads, or Amazon ads — to increase awareness about my book?” And the answer? Well, …

5 Free or Almost-Free Ways to Market Your Book

We build websites for authors. And no, we don’t build them for free. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t provide authors with lots of ideas about other ways they can market their books at little to no cost. Based on what I’ve heard from authors in the decade I’ve …