I have an article in Southern Writer's Magazine's Sept./Oct. issue. It available on-line or in hard copy. The article is a concise overview of the various marketing techniques I've learned over the past 3 years since the suspense novel Hiding came out followed by the inspirational romance Abbey's Tale. If you are like me and feel like you've been learning how to market your books by the (excuse the cliché) seat of your pants, there are some useful suggestions that I've picked up along the way so far.
So happy reading at Southern Writers Magazine.
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I was an English teacher for over 25 years primarily high school but also two years in middle school before I started publishing fiction and non-fiction of my own. Some of the activities used in my creative writing class are available at the website. Tired of coming up with journal topics? Check out Jivin’ Journal at www,bit.ly/TpTJournal for new ideas. Add script writing and satire to your curriculum with Getting in the Act at http://www.bit.ly/TpTDrama. And in October introduce students to eerie tales and ghost stories with The Twilight Tone at http://www.bit.ly/TpTtwilight
Set up your own store and share your ideas with other teachers too!
I continue to learn how to market books by talking to other authors and attending conferences. Readers need a quick way to click on a short link and access your book. The solution is a site like Bitly.
How does it work? Go to Amazon, Nook Books, your publisher’s site or any other place on the internet that sells your book. Find the exact page where your book is listed. Then copy the long URL at the top of that page. Paste it in Bitly and enter the long link where the website will give you a short link. Use it in tweets, on Facebook, or any other social media where you market your books. You can even customize your short links so they are easy to remember.
How does this help sell books? All the customer who reads your tweets, etc. has to do is click on the link to immediately be transported to the purchase place. Quick and easy for everyone.
Animals make engaging characters in novels like Bailey, the black lab who helps the protagonist, Jeremy McKetcheon, a lighthouse keeper. Well-known for their swimming skills labs have helped drowning humans. This is what Bailey does in Abbey’s Tale(bit.ly/AbbeysTale) when he helps pull Abbey to the boat.
In the suspense, thriller Hiding (bit.ly/Daphnewin), an adorable Bermese Mountain Dog, Jolle, lives in the Alps and hikes with Serge and Teresa as they explore the summits. His name means “play” in French, and his antics are amusing.
In Suspicion, the coming sequel to Hiding, the official little pug Winnie (named after Churchill not Pooh) helps run the British book shop in London where is clicking feet patter up and down the rows of novels.
Just like animals add pleasure to our lives in reality, they add pleasure in fiction!