I don’t like marketing.
It’s a statement I have heard many other authors say as well. It’s that awkward feeling of having to put yourself out there to try and convince people to buy your books, even when there are so many others out there that might interest them more.
Also, I don’t like shoving myself in people’s faces shouting, ‘Buy my books they’re awesome!’ 😀 And no matter how inventively I try to do my marketing, it always feels like that’s what I’m doing.
But, if I want to make a living out of my writing, then marketing is something I need to do, or how else will people know I’m here and what I’ve written?
So, to try and make marketing my books a little more interesting, I took a look around places to see how fans celebrated their favourite reads.
On Tumblr, it tended to be image sets, quotes done in a fancy way and photos (lots and lots of photos).
On Pinterest, quotes done in fancy fonts seemed to be the most popular form.
On Twitter, there wasn’t actually much I could find. It was mostly authors advertising their own stuff, nobody seemed to be talking much about stuff they’d read and enjoyed themselves 😀
On Facebook, quotes and photos were again what seemed to be the most popular.
So, taking this on board, I figured maybe I should try to emulate what people do for their favourite books, for my own books? A different kind of way of marketing that audiences might be more receptive to, instead of just posting a link?
Whatever way I decide to do it, I definitely need to do it more. I need to get over that awkwardness and really start trying to let people know I’m here 😀 Not only to gain readers and income, but because I want people to enjoy what I’ve written!
How do you market your books? Have you got any ideas on how to market a little more inventively? How do you share with others about books you’ve loved reading?
Word Count: 5575 (30,918 total word count)
Status of fourth manuscript: Writing first draft.
Books read: 1/4
June eBook review: 100% read. Writing review.