As an author, I, too, want others to read my work. To do that, relationships must to be created in order for my books to be found and sold. Joining websites, forums and blogs are a great way to do that. (Easier said than done in many cases)

Of course, Goodreads is a wonderful network, if not the best that I've found. Are there others that you can tell about?

If your book is fiction or non-fiction it will require marketing a completely different group of friends from someone who has just designed a CNC (computerize numeric controlled)device and wanting to market it.

Share with me your advise to others. What works...what does not. This can really help many authors save money and put their effort where it counts.
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Published on March 16, 2009 18:40 • 212 views • Tags: authors, blogs, marketing, websites, writers
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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

Something that worked for me was getting an image of my cover with the cover info made as a sticker that could serve as an ad or a signable bookplate. Then I sent out postcards to people who might not have seen the news on Facebook or through email (lots of my older relatives and old friends of my mom's). The mailings seemed to bring a good response.

I wrote a note on each to say hi and tell them a one-sentence reason they'd love my book, "Some Rivers End on the Day of the Dead"--offered to visit and speak at their book club (California or North Carolina) if they chose my book!

Goodreads is awesome. One of my giveaways really boomaranged with a very negative review. Oh well, can't win 'em all!

How do I contact Oprah? My book is directly related to her new pick "Great Expectations"? Anybody know?

message 2: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Cheek I have not thought about that. Great idea. I have been watching the hits on my own website trying to determine how to draw more traffic. When I placed an ad for Win Free Book, the numbers tripled immediately.

People seem to love Free!

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