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Mugerwa Dickson (epicadventures) | 8 comments Have you used or using facebook to market your book?

increase your market out reach via Social media one of the best tools. Simply click the link to join the page. Then send the admin an email whch is provided in the info section of the page with the subject 'promote my book' and a brief request in the body.
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Damaria Senne i started my own Facebook page and promote my book through that. I haven't approached other Facebook users asking them to promote my book though. Not sure I could do it, because I would feel like i was beng presumptious asking total strangers to promote my book,when they haven't even read it yet. So what I usually do is let those who know me and my work talk about the book in their own platforms, and then comment to that to thank them, and maybe add another detail to their post. People who are interested will enagge me, maybe even go to my FB page or web site to learn more about me and my books.


Michelle Donice (MichelleDonice) | 6 comments Hey Damaria,

I would be happy to mention you on FB. Where can I find you?

Michelle Donice


Maura Stone (maurastone) | 14 comments Yes, I have 3 FB pages for my books:

Five-Star FLEECING: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Five-S...
Arc of Passion: https://www.facebook.com/ArcOfPassion
eDating Advice (Men, eDating and Mast*****ion): https://www.facebook.com/pages/eDatin...

And someone put up a page on me (that I have NO access to!): https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maura-...

Impressive? LOL


Michael Cargill (MichaelCargill) | 200 comments I recently started a Facebook page but I find it maddeningly restrictive with what you can do with it. There are some apps that can help but many of them are broken until the developers update them to work with the new timeline.

http://www.facebook.com/MichaelCargil...


Paul Vincent (Astronomicon) | 113 comments I still haven't got around to joining Facebook, mainly because I don't really know anyone one it. Most of my friends, family and acquaintances are on Google+ so I've been on that since it started.


Jeffrey Kosh (JeffreyKosh) | 17 comments I've liked all your pages, and sent a friendship request to Maura. I'm very active on FB, and my main sales come from there. Be sure to join the right groups and you can gain support and fans, yet beware of some ... jackals.
Here's my Fan Page:
http://www.facebook.com/AuthorJeffrey...
Feel free to pay a visit, also you can ask for friendship; I never refuse.


Stephen Livingston | 56 comments My facebook author page is at http://www.facebook.com/stephen.m.liv...
Best wishes, Stephen Livingston.


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Hope Welsh (Hope_Welsh3) | 16 comments I started a Facebook Group called TWEETS4AUTHORS. It's at http://www.facebook.com/groups/tweets...

We cross-promote each other on the site. I started the group about a week ago--and we have almost 100 members already.

It increased my sales--I'm pleased with the promotion because the other authors have different followers than I do--so more promo for us all.


Denise Baer | 139 comments Hello All,

Here's my Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/DeniseBaer8/...

I've gone through and "liked" all pages.

Denise Baer


Mike Meyer | 217 comments Here is my Facebook writer's page.
Mike
https://www.facebook.com/MichaelMeyer...


Hock Tjoa (hockgtjoa) | 57 comments Hope wrote: "I started a Facebook Group called TWEETS4AUTHORS. It's at http://www.facebook.com/groups/tweets...

We cross-promote each other on the site. I started the group about a week ago--and we have a..."


I confess to being dull. What does one do on your new FB site? My Twitter handle is @hgtjoa.


Ken Consaul | 177 comments Paul wrote: "Most of my friends, family and acquaintances are on Google+ so I've been on that since it started."

I signed up with G+ but frankly never went further than the tour. My family is on FB but I'm on FB to market product so getting notices that one of my friends went to a concert is distracting. I think the 'mechanics' of FB are awkward navigating pages and updating. Not as much as Twitter. That's just a bar with everyone yelling as loud as they can though I have made a few author friends and stay in touch with goodreads or e-mail.


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Regina Shelley (ReginaS) | 114 comments I really hate Facebook. Having said that, yes, I'm on it and yes my writing site has a page there. And my main protagonist has his own page, too. I guess it's a necessary evil.

Yeah. I read the John Locke book. Otherwise, I wouldn't bother. I suppose I'm supposed to start a Twitter account, too, but the thought makes me cringe.

Honestly, I'm just not that interesting.

Anyways, I'll go like you all over there. I'm at
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Five-Do... If you'd like to take a look. Saint is at http://www.facebook.com/SaintBari if you'd like to check him out.

EDIT: Okay. I'm in. Hope, maybe this will push me to get a Twitter account. Anyways, I'm Regina Ferrara, and dressed in Renn garb, so if anyone gets a friend request from some weirdo in a hat, it's likely me.


Benjamin Smith (B3N_R_5mith) | 61 comments Well, my book has a page...

https://www.facebook.com/AtlasANovel

By 2066, the classes have split. U.S. cities have decayed into centers of violence and poverty while suburban communities have become encapsulated paradises for the wealthy elites.

Phillip Doe is head of ASM, the privatized security and government body responsible for keeping peace in the exclusive covenant community known as Atlantis.

When a violent double homicide claims the lives of both a prominent ASM Scientist and her San Francisco Public Prosecutor Paramour, Doe finds himself implicated in the crimes and under suspicion for murder. SFPD Inspector Victoria Rhodes finds herself assigned as liaison to the ASM investigation, suddenly delving deep into the mysterious origins of the man the International eMedia are fond of calling Atlas, discovering a violent past eerily similar to her own.


Regina Shelley (ReginaS) | 114 comments Me again. Fixin' to turn in, too tired to see. I was gonna start up a Twitter account right now, but I'm too tired. Maybe someone can help me out with a question: I am embarrassed to admit this, but I'm not sure how Twitter is supposed to work. What do you do with it? Kind of clueless here.


Grizel (grizelsandilands) | 13 comments Has anyone had successes that they want to talk about, marketing on facebook? There was a guy on the amazon MOA forum the other day who said he'd facebooked and tweeted until he was blue in the face and it hadn't helped him. I've only just started, so I'm no judge, but if it comes to that I haven't found the amazon forums all that helpful, either.
Is it time for indies to start a serious discussion on marketing strategies?


Michael Cargill (MichaelCargill) | 200 comments It really depends on what you mean by 'success'. If you are expecting to suddenly sell thousands of copies thanks to some clever work on Facebook and Twitter then you are going to be disappointed.

They are simply tools that you can make use of as part of your overall marketing strategy.

Facebooking or Tweeting until you are blue in the face is a waste of time; you may as well stand on the same street corner day after day until you are blue in the face.

I view Twitter and Facebook the same way I view interviews and reviews; individually they are merely a trickle, but those trickles can all add up after a while.

I setup a Facebook page and have some followers that are authors, some are readers and others are indie ebook promoters. Sometimes I post a link to a review or an interview I have had, sometimes I post a link to my blog, sometimes I post something mildly amusing, sometimes I don't post anything at all.

With Twitter I don't really use it for promotion much, but then again I don't really use Twitter too much anyway. I follow several authors and some of them are constantly posting stuff about their books. I have unfollowed several authors who do nothing but tweet about their books as I find it incredibly boring.


Miriam (MiriamCooke) | 6 comments I agree Michael, very dull to keep reading the same post about someone's book on twitter. I,too, Grizel, would love to hear success stories from authors willing to share their marketing methods.
www.twitter.com/miriamcooke
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Miriam-...

Drusilla Blood ( The Blood Trilogy, #1) by Miriam  Cooke


Grizel (grizelsandilands) | 13 comments Just to be original, I've started posting some advice on how NOT to market your books on Amazon on my FB. I've seen naive newbies get slaughtered when they tried several transparent (to everyone but them) ploys to sell their books in the forums.
So I've found out a few things that DON'T work, but nothing that really does.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Grizel-...


Regina Shelley (ReginaS) | 114 comments Yeah, I just went over to your page and liked it. Good advice, and thank you for it. :-)


Michael Cargill (MichaelCargill) | 200 comments Ooooh, Grizel is a sneaky one. Gina, take heed of how crafty he is.

To be honest I think part of the reason that authors have trouble with their marketing strategy is because they see the word 'strategy' and assume that it is some mysterious skill that needs to be learned until you are like a top general in the army.

I don't have any plans or anything written down but I do tend to keep an eye on discussions here and contact book bloggers to see if they are interested in doing a review or a giveaway.

I guess it sort of counts as a strategy, but the way the word is used it makes things sound more complicated than they really are.

Think of it as trying to make friends in a social club you have just joined. It's about getting the mix of friendliness, persistence and patience right.


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Regina Shelley (ReginaS) | 114 comments I'm just trying to learn the scene, really, and not commit some atrocious faux pas while I'm doing it. I see a lot of people just using this and other forums to shill their book. That's not me. I'm here to learn.

I read the John Locke book, and really, I recommend that to everyone. I think it had a lot of good info in there, and clearly we're all up against a very saturated market so we need all the good info we can get. I'm nowhere near as savy as Locke is, obviously, so I feel a bit intimidated. You're right, is sounds kind of complicated or magical when you call it a "strategy." :-DDD

I have a lot of readers already that I've made good connections with, and they often spread around the goodwill. And that's awesome. But I'm gonna need a lot more that what I have if this thing is going to pan out for me.


Destiny Allison (DestinyAllison) | 10 comments Hi, I'm new here. Thanks for all the comments. I am having some success with my facebook page. I don't talk about the book very much (though this week I did). Everything I post on the book page, I share on my regular page and I am selling some books. I don't know a whole lot about it, but I think people are really tired of the constant stream of promotion. On facebook, it seems that they tend to support you when they like who you are. I try to stick to the 80/20 rule, 80% social, 20% promotional. Here's a link to my page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/shapingde...


Grizel (grizelsandilands) | 13 comments Michael wrote: "Ooooh, Grizel is a sneaky one. Gina, take heed of how crafty he is.

To be honest I think part of the reason that authors have trouble with their marketing strategy is because they see the word 's..."


How I wish my craftiness was helping me more!
But if strategy is a problem word, let me start using 'procurement logistics' instead. Heh heh. A better term,and only half describes what I mean.
The trouble is, the end goal for some of us is still to get our books read, and hanging out on book blogs, facebook, twitter, amazon or wherever we seem to meet mostly other writers, or (in the case of amazon) forum regulars who hate self published authors with a passion.
Michael, I bow to your superior sales ranking. Won't you give us a blow by blow account of how you got there?


Michael Cargill (MichaelCargill) | 200 comments Hmmm, my sales ranking isn't something to boast about!

I often leave silly, humorous comments on blogs and Facebook pages. Some people find them amusing, others probably find them irritating.

Likewise when I email a blog owner asking if they would review something of mine, I make it humorous and I get a positive response most of the time.

All the interviews I have done, I have made my answers fairly informal and free of overly 'arty farty' author stuff. Again, the feedback I get from taking this approach has been good.

Does it work? I honestly have no idea.

One thing I have done that gives most authors a heart attack is to upload my books to some pirate torrent sites like ISOHunt, Pirate Bay and Demonoid. I posted about it in the relevant forums and got a fair bit of interest on my blog from people Googling "Michael Cargill author".


Debbie | 102 comments Destiny wrote: "Hi, I'm new here. Thanks for all the comments. I am having some success with my facebook page. I don't talk about the book very much (though this week I did). Everything I post on the book pag..."

One of the recent webinar's on markeing/author platform and all said no more than 10% self-promotion to not turn people off of us.


Ken Consaul | 177 comments I think, though I can't quantify it, I have had the best luck right here on goodreads. I seldom promote my books but try to participate in a reader based forum on a topic I like.

I looked for forums with a good sized active membership and just joined in the conversation. I post in several threads and it actually turns into a conversation and I recognize a few people besides the mod.

I would say I'm getting a friend request a day and an even mix between writers and readers. I would suggest for FB you might find a topic or group you relate to and participate. Hell, don't even tell them you write. Get in a group of a peripherally related interest to your book and get involved, then surprise them.

I participate in a crime book forum even though my books are historical fiction. I participate and when my crime book is done, I'll spring it on the members.

Things happen, guys talk, word gets around.


Destiny Allison (DestinyAllison) | 10 comments Debbie wrote: One of the recent webinar's on markeing/author platform and all said no more than 10% self-promotion to not turn people off of us.

Thanks Debbie, appreciate the info.


Tom Paine (goodreadscomtom_paine) | 8 comments I created a FB page for my novel, America Rising, then on the advice of a colleague who knows way more about social networks than I do (which is just about everybody but she is very knowledgeable) linked it to a separate FB author page.

The idea is for the book page to be more or less advertising (with a link to buying the book on Amazon) and the author page for trying to make more personal connections with readers. Twitter, she tells me, is best used for getting people interested in my book and me as an author and driving them to FB and, hopefully, Amazon as buyers.

How well does all this work? I just got everything set up, along with a redone website, so there's no results yet. But at least it sounds like a plan, which is more than I would have come up with on my own.

FYI, this is the link to my FB page: http://www.facebook.com/AmericaRising...


Jenelle | 204 comments I've found that facebook is a good place for free marketing, but you do have to work at it and post a few things every day or so, or fans start to lose interest. It is a good forum for letting fans know what's going on in your publishing endeavors. I'm just getting started, but having some success already, which is always fun.

If you like YA Fantasy, you can find me here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jenell...


Regina Shelley (ReginaS) | 114 comments Do you all have regular Facebook accounts, or do you have separate "pages" for yourselves as authors?

I have a a regular account like everyone else would have, which do very little promo on, aside from it being linked to my blog. When I post, it gets posted to my Facebook wall. I have a separate page for the blog as well, and also the main male character has his own "page."

I know John Locke has accounts for a couple of his characters, as well as one for himself. I'm unclear on whether this is technically okay as per Facebook's terms of service. I can't imagine it's not, but I don't know for sure. Thoughts?


Kate Loveday (kateloveday) | 24 comments I would like to know this as well. Being fairly new to social media I find it a bit confusing to read about the FB pages. I have a Facebook account, just the one, where I do little promoting.Do other authors find it advantageous to have pages for their books? I have four books, three now as ebooks. Do they find that their readers post commnts on their pages?Any advice would be welcome.


Michael Cargill (MichaelCargill) | 200 comments I have my normal, personal Facebook account where I post naked pictures of myself on holiday, and also an author page.

I haven't bothered making separate pages for each book or anything like that, it would require too much time and effort to make it work.


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I agree with Michael's comments re separate pages. But I have decided to forgo the pleasure of posting naked photos on fb or cavorting in an unseemly fashion. Best of look with your photography, Michael. I will be checking out your fb page today.


Jenelle | 204 comments Kate wrote: "I would like to know this as well. Being fairly new to social media I find it a bit confusing to read about the FB pages. I have a Facebook account, just the one, where I do little promoting.Do oth..."

I have an author page (in addition to my normal account... on my normal account I only accept friend invites from people I actually know) I do not have pages for each separate book. I post things like "name that quote" and "question of the day" on a daily basis to fill the gaps between exciting things happening with my book. When exciting things happen (i.e. my book getting into a library, a book-signing event, etc) I post about that. Yes, my readers leave comments. Not tons, but the readership seems to be growing.


Regina Shelley (ReginaS) | 114 comments Michael: I like how you're putting your stuff up on Pirate Bay and whatnot. I'm taking a bit of a roundabout, probably counter-intuitive approach, too. Glad to see someone of like mind here.


Gary Goldstein | 436 comments I'd love to become Facebook friends with all of you other great fellow authors and help promote each other's books!

My book is "Jew in Jail."

http://www.jewinjail.com

http://www.facebook.com/jewinjail

http://www.amazon.com/Jew-Jail-Gary-G...


Michael Cargill (MichaelCargill) | 200 comments Yo Gina!

Having been something of a profligate pirate myself in the past, I sort of understand how it works; if someone wants to pirate your work, then they will do so, whether the copyright owner allows it or not!

If someone downloads one of my books from a torrent site, at the very least it means they are reading one my books instead of someone else's.


Whitney K.E. (WhitneyK-E) | 9 comments I think facebook is good, if you can get an audience. So I use twitter. Its a lot easier to get followers as the hashtags work really well.

Whitney, Aspiring romance writer
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Whit...
http://whitneyk-e.blogspot.com.au/
https://twitter.com/#!/Whitney_KE


Andrew | 6 comments I use Facebook a lot - lots of 'Friends', 3 book 'Pages' of my own, and I belong to a dozen or so 'Groups' in my Genre (spirituality, religion, spiritual growth). I also have a blog, and whenever I post, I talk about it all over Facebook - which drives a lot of traffic. My challenge is to learn how to get more of these blog-visitors and FB friends to take the step and buy a book! It seems to be coming along as people get to know me, but of course not as rapidly (I've been doing this for a year now) as I'd wish.

If anyone here would like to 'friend' me there. and/or 'like' my book pages, I'd of course be delighted! (and will reciprocate)

For Profile:
https://www.facebook.com/andrew.cort.3

For book SYMBOLS, MEANING, AND THE SACRED QUEST:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Pu...

For book THE AMERICAN PSYCHE IN SEARCH OF ITS SOUL:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Am...

For book LOVE, WISDOM, AND GOD:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Love-W...

My newest book, THE DOOR IS OPEN, is SO new I don't even have a FB 'Page' yet.


Kevin Klehr (goodreadscomkevink) | 37 comments Benjamin wrote: "Well, my book has a page...

https://www.facebook.com/AtlasANovel

By 2066, the classes have split. U.S. cities have decayed into centers of violence and poverty while suburban communities have bec..."


But Benjamin, does it help your sales in any way? I have one for my novel (which will be re-released soon) but am considering killing the specific FB page for the novel. It just becomes more busy work to keep pages like that up to date.


Kevin Klehr (goodreadscomkevink) | 37 comments Whitney wrote: "I think facebook is good, if you can get an audience. So I use twitter. Its a lot easier to get followers as the hashtags work really well.

Whitney, Aspiring romance writer
http://www.facebook.com..."


I actually agree. Twitter is better for networking. I recently took stock of my followers in an excel spreadsheet, taking careful note of other authors, journalists, theatre folk (important for my particular novel), readers and people I just like.

A bit obsessive, but there's no point using social media as an author if you're just spamming about yourself. It's a two way conversation.

Alternatively, Goodreads is still the best social media forum to connect.


Justin (JustinBienvenue) | 1321 comments I have a Facebook Fanpage for my book and website. Ive seen a spike in followers recently which is good. Out of 55 friends only 3 are following my fanpage though..odd. but yeah i dont pay fb to help promote fb wont ever get money out of me ill stick to doing what i do now


Whitney K.E. (WhitneyK-E) | 9 comments Kevin wrote: "Whitney wrote: "I think facebook is good, if you can get an audience. So I use twitter. Its a lot easier to get followers as the hashtags work really well.

Whitney, Aspiring romance writer
http://..."



Goodreads is also good. :)


Ken Consaul | 177 comments I set up a facebook page to promote my work and the first thing I see is my family signed on and now my page is full of updates from kids and relatives.

I've gotten much more mileage from participating (not plugging books) on goodreads.

Twitter, to me at least, is a frustrating waste. Not only is it like being in a crowded bar with everyone talking at once but being limited to 140 characters is like not saying anything at all.


Kevin Klehr (goodreadscomkevink) | 37 comments Ken wrote: "I set up a facebook page to promote my work and the first thing I see is my family signed on and now my page is full of updates from kids and relatives.

I've gotten much more mileage from partic..."


Ken, rethink twitter. It's a modern version of the CB radio, but more importantly, you can find people to network with.

I still ascertain that Goodreads is best, but I've just finished an excel spreadsheet of my twitter followers and there's some influential people on the list.


Ken Consaul | 177 comments Kevin wrote: "Ken, rethink twitter. It's a modern version of the CB radio, but more importantly, you can find people to network with."

Twitter is like a being in a crowded bar and everyone is talking at once. I know some people have had some success but straight promotion is just spam. I've done some blogs and received some site traffic so no complaints. What I didn't get was click throughs to the point of sale.

Besides, Twitter is so slow to work. Its like being on dial-up with a phone handset in the modem.


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