Debunking some (very) common book marketing misconceptions

September 1st, 2015

Coming up with a smart book marketing plan can be challenging. Especially because it’s vital that authors and publishers come up with a plan that’s right for their book. All book marketing is not equal. Each book is unique and therefore your plan must also be unique.

book marketing misconceptions

Having said that, there are a lot of misconceptions about what is “guaranteed” to work. Here’s a few of our favorites—and why we disagree: Read the rest of this entry »

5 Ways to Find a Hook to Market your Book

July 11th, 2014

Marketing a book, or any product, can be challenging in a number of ways. The first is, of course, reaching your audience. That’s a whole other blog post in the making. The second most challenging aspect of marketing your book is actually the most fun (I think).
 
To successfully market your book you must find a hook to engage potential readers. This is your “why to buy”, “why to pay attention”, “why to visit your book sale page”, “why to attend your author event”. Read the rest of this entry »

Make a Book Marketing Timeline Work for You

November 19th, 2013

Most people don’t realize that a strategic book marketing timeline can be the secret to executing a successful marketing campaign. Generally, that’s because they are juggling so many different activities that WHEN they happen doesn’t seem nearly as important as IF they happen. Not worrying about the “when” can sink even the best book marketing campaign.

 

We’ve seen it happen: Review campaigns are launched with no ARC, no finished book and/or no book available for pre-order or order on Amazon. A huge book PR campaign launches and the author gets a great interview – but the book is only available at one (or no) retailer because it was just released. Amazon book reviewers are excited about posting a review but can’t because of availability. On the flip side, a publisher releases a fantastic book but budgets for a year for a major PR campaign – making it too late to secure good publicity for the book.

 

Your book marketing timeline should serve as your road map, master document and bible for your marketing campaign. This is especially true if you are working with a team: Sales, PR and Marketing. All of these pieces must come together, and be on the same page, for success. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Marketing Plan for the Holidays

November 13th, 2013

Book marketing plan for the holidaysIt’s November. It gets dark early. It’s snowing in Chicago. It’s time to start thinking about your book marketing plan for the holidays – which are right around the corner.

 

The truth of the matter is, holiday marketing should start in September for books being promoted through the entire holiday season. Unfortunately, a lot of publishers and authors just aren’t ready to release their book yet and have a mid-November/December pub date planned.

 

Don’t worry, you haven’t completely missed out.  Read the rest of this entry »

Choosing Book Marketing Services

August 19th, 2013

Book Marketing ServicesChoosing the best book marketing services for your publishing program can be a daunting task. If you just Google book marketing, book publicity, or book PR, there are a wealth of advertisements and options available. Some are really fantastic! Some like to sell the dream but don’t deliver. Read the rest of this entry »