Happy Wednesday World!
How are you doing? I got a special little present in the mail yesterday. I got myself an Amazon Tablet (it’s the one thing I bought myself from my taxes) to read comics in color digitally (because Kindles can’t handle the awesomeness that is graphic novels for some dumb reason). Definitely looking forward to using that soon. Other than that, this week is very meh. Lots of rain, which is marvelous for this pluviophile!
Anywho, let’s get this thing started.
Every Wednesday I participate in a meme called WWW Wednesday.
This meme is a challenge where you simply share what you’re reading, what you’ve recently finished, and what you hope to read in the near future.
The meme is currently handled by Taking On A World of Words, and anybody can participate.
Simply read the 3 W questions below and answer them should you want to:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
Marketing a book in 2021 can seem like a full-time job, what with the crazy number of things authors seem to be expected to do: social media, blog tours, advertising, price promotions, mailing lists, giveaways, you name it.
But here’s a little secret: you don’t need to do all those things to successfully set your book on the path to success. What you need is a solid plan to find the one or two tactics that will work, and start to drive sales… in a minimum amount of time. And that’s exactly what you’ll find in this book.
Instead of drowning you in information or inundating you with hundreds of different tactics and strategies that eventually prove fruitless, this book will guide you through a step-by-step framework to find the ones that actually work for you and your book, so that you can start marketing more efficiently.
In particular, you’ll learn:
• How to change your mindset and sell more books with less effort.;
• How to write books that guarantee a lasting, profitable career;
• How to get Amazon’s Kindle Store to market your book for you;
• How to get thousands of readers into your mailing list before you even release the book;
• How to propel your book to the top of the charts at launch; and
• How to automate your marketing so that you can spend less time marketing and more time writing,
After helping over 150,000 authors crack the marketing code through a popular weekly newsletter, Reedsy’s Co-founder Ricardo Fayet is sharing everything he’s learned over the past few years in this beginner-friendly, jargon-free guide to book marketing.
Opinion so far:
You’re probably thinking “What the–“, right?
Well, this has been a long time coming. I’ve been neglecting huge portions and realities of marketing, and after creating a new set of ad posters for my current works (I couldn’t have done it without Tammie Painter, and will show those off at the end of the month) I had a come-to-Jesus moment that shook me to the core.
So going forward, I’m going to be mixing in educational reads like these maybe once a month or so, depending on when I can sync up promotions to test out their success.
Anywho, this has been very educational so far and I’m enjoying the extra knowledge. Can’t wait for the detailed bits about ads. I have my note pad ready!
Rosa Ramona Díaz has just moved to the small, un-haunted town of Ingot—the only ghost-free town in the world. She doesn’t want to be there. She doesn’t understand how her mother—a librarian who specializes in ghost-appeasement—could possibly want to live in a place with no ghosts. Frankly, she doesn’t understand why anyone would.
Jasper Chevalier has always lived in Ingot. His father plays a knight at the local Renaissance Festival, and his mother plays the queen. Jasper has never seen a ghost, and can’t imagine his un-haunted town any other way. Then an apparition thunders into the festival grounds and turns the quiet town upside down.
Something otherworldly is about to be unleashed, and Rosa will need all her ghost appeasement tools—and a little help from Jasper—to rein in the angry spirits and restore peace to Ingot before it’s too late.
This was a fun spooky MG read. The plot and concept was great, and while the characters weren’t perfect in my opinion, I still enjoyed myself enough to recommend this one. I highly recommend this for younger readers or less judgmental adults who won’t pick things apart like I did.
Book Review: A Properly Unhaunted Place
Next on my TBR:
Opinion so far:
Up next on the ole TBR is Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken. After reading The Darkest Minds, I decided I’d continue the series. I’ve delayed this read a bit, but I WILL be reading this asap, promise! I’m hoping I’ll enjoy this a little bit more than the first book, otherwise I may not be continuing further.
After Never Fade will be my buddy read of the first graphic novel of Locke & Key by Joe Hill with Misty from Misty’s Book Space. We’re both really excited about this read, for me especially after seeing the show on Netflix (my review here). Depending on when this one gets in for Misty, I may bump this ahead of Never Fade, because that’s what besties do!
Last but certainly not least is The Good House by Tananarive Due. I’ve only read Patient Zero, a short story by Due, but I loved it to pieces, so this was a natural pick for a buddy read between me and Gigi aka The Beachy Reader. Here’s hoping we love it and that it gives us some worthy nightmares!
Wish me luck on my current reading journey, and best of luck on yours!
That’s a Wrap!
Okay folks, that’s my WWW Wednesday for this week.
What does your reading pile look like? Have you read any of the books on my list? Do you have any opinions or feedback on the books I chose? Feel free to share in the comments, and don’t forget to subscribe or follow my bookish journeys!
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I often read MG books like A Properly Unhaunted Place to give myself a break once in a while, too. Have a good week of reaidng
Yeah! MG books are a great way to unwind and just relax. I have plenty more spooky ones to get to before Halloween!
Have a great week too!
I hope How to Market Your Book proves to be very helpful!
Thanks! I don’t know why I’ve been resisting reading up on things for so long, but I blame my Taurus stubbornness! Better late than never, right?
I have a copy of How to Market too! I haven’t gotten to it though. Although I’ve been getting the Reedsy blog posts for years now, so I imagine I’ve seen most of what’s in there already. Still, always good to refresh the brain.
Reedsy also has free courses by email on marketing (and loads of other stuff), so if that interests you, be sure to pop over and check it out. All their courses go for ten days (1 email per day) and most (not all) have been great so far…easy to digest info.
And holy hell, you’re a Taurus too?!! Happy almost birthday : )
PS – In your email I thought you were asking about design books, did you mean self-publishing./marketing books? If so, I can recommend until I turn blue in the face.
Oh, small world! Yeah, I’ve been getting their emails for a while, but I think a book is a bit better of a format because it’s all in one place. I’ve been taking plenty of notes like the teacher’s pet I am!
The next section is Amazon marketing, which I am both excited about and dreading at the same time.
Then I have entire books on Amazon marketing to read. Oh my!
Whoa, that’s nuts! Happy soon to be bday for both of us! What day? I’m a May 18th baby.
Oh, I must’ve been so scatterbrained! Yeah, any recommendations for marketing books would be lovely and very welcome!
Let’s see…off the top of my head (so those must be the good ones if they stuck with me), there’s “Following”, “Let’s Get Digital” and “Amazon Decoded” by David Gaughran (and if you’re not already on his mailing list, he gives out pretty good advice every Friday…I think you get Following for signing up…and his free Starting from Zero course is EXCELLENT!!).
Okay, before you think I’m a Gaughran fan girl…
There’s Indie Author Mindset by Adam Croft. Obviously more of a mindset book than specifically a marketing book, but still worth a read. Killing It on Kobo by Mark Leslie LeFebvre is mainly for Kobo, but has some good tips in general as does his 7 Ps of Publishing Success. The Fiction Formula by Sean Plattt and Co. covers LOADS of stuff from writing all the way through to marketing.
Okay, that should keep you busy for a while.
Thanks so much Tammie! I’ve added those to my TBR and will try to figure out some kind of order to them.
Definitely starting with Amazon-based books due to their share of the market. But I’d love to kill it on kobo lol!
You’re the best! *digital hugs*
Interestingly enough ( although I still can’t figure out why), my sales on Apple are outstripping my sales on Amazon this year, so I’m a bit “meh” towards the Big A. Plus, Amazon changes thing so often, the minute you get it figured out it’s too late…hahaha 😉
Oh wow! I bet it has something to do with that special award they gave you! That and your writing is superb. 🙂
Lol, well there are some certain basic things I had no clue about. I am highlighting homework for myself for once I’m done reading everything. Oi vey!
I got the email from my library telling me that I can pick up Locke & Key now. I’m hoping to be able to pick it up tomorrow on the way home from a doctors appointment. I will let you know for sure if I was able to get it.
Oh okay, great! Let me put in my request at mine. Once I’m done with this marketing book I can take a read. I’m almost halfway through.:)
No rush! I have the book for 2 weeks once I pick it up and I can usually read through graphic novels pretty fast.
Yeah, I think it’s only like 100 pages or something like that. They had it available and I tested it out, so I’ll hopefully be ready sometime this weekend. My taking notes is slowing down my progress lol. I’m such a teacher’s pet!
Lol no problem I have other books I can be reading while you finish up your book.
Thanks for understanding, book buddy! 🙂
Of course!! 😊
If you learn any tricks about marketing books, please share. I’ve been banging my head against the wall for new ideas.
Okay! I’ll pm you after I’m done with my research. About 50% of the way through. I’d say there aren’t literal strategies in this but a ton of info that is gearing me in my own direction.