So you've published the book... how do you market? I need ideas
So you've published the book. What do you do next? I'm still learning and need new ideas, note that I'm not sure whether this should go in the promotions bit, but I think it might be a nice thread for writers in general (self-publishers especially), and as well as helping me, might help others. This is a list of what I've done so far. Can anyone else add?
1) Submitted book for reviews on all the major review sites and blogs that will review independent books including the bookbag / sfbook.com / fantasybookcritic / booklore / lovereading / fantasy cookie / fantasy book review / speculative book review. Got some, didn't get others.
Useful link noting blogs that review self-published books as follows:
2) Doodledbooks.com - have sent them 'doodled' books - admittedly acceptance was on the back of a certain review.
3) Sent free copies to schools books clubs (11 so far) - advertised via Amazon / Facebook / contacted directly.
4) Gone round 'local' (50 mile radius) independent bookshops and given away copies in return for shelf space.
5) Given away copies to Oxfam Bookshops (not the normal Oxfam charity shops) - they are really good-looking shops and popular.
6) Approached local Waterstones (Hull, Lincoln, York) about an author event -as far as I can see Waterstones are really proactive and open to local authors. And contacted head office about gaining a full listing. See following link for details of how to apply:
7) Gone to local arts centres, sold books at work, my partner has sold way more than me at her place of work - they're all scientists, though :)
8) Giveaways on Goodreads (including a limited time free ebook), via review sites, facebook.
9) Promoting posts (£4 a go) on facebook to generate interest.
10) Got in touch with the bookseller (industry publication) about advertising in the magazine - prices are prohibitive. See link for details:
11) Have produced flyers, posters (pre-author event), business cards etc.
12) Also gone to local pubs, cafes, hairdressers, hospitals and given a free copy along with flyers.
13) Started to get involved on forums like sffworld.
A bit of money has been spent, all in all around £300-£400 so far (inc postage, free books, general advertising), but have sold books covering costs in the process, so partly self-funding.
Am flagging now, I'm sure there's more... it's been a long day, nearly bedtime.
Can anyone give me and others any more ideas? The more 'out of the box' the better.
Have a good night.