Book Marketing 105: Choosing a Book Distribution System - This vital mini-guide includes criteria for deciding how you will distribute your books.
Also includes complete info on 30 distributors, 4 library distributors, 89 book publishers who also distribute for other publishers, 27 bookstore wholesalers, 34 library wholesalers, and 23 Spanish-language wholesalers.
Plus a sample book distribution contract. Ebook download, $30.00.
Top 700 Independent Bookstores - This database features 740 stores with address, book buyer, owner, event coordinator, phone, fax, email, website, and more! Cost: $40.00.
This data file features an updated list of the largest independent bookstores that work with authors and buy books from indie publishers.
The report comes as a data file download (your choice of Microsoft Access, Excel, or rich text format). The data files do require that you know how to use a database or word-processing program.
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In this issue . . .
- The Top 10 Things You Can Do in 2012 to Sell More Books
- Three free passes still available for the Internet Prophets Conference
The Top 10 Things You Can Do in 2012 to Sell More Books
These top 10 ways are not in any particular order of priority. But the first five tips involve marketing and promoting your book via the Internet. The final five tips primarily involve marketing and promoting your book in the real world.
1. Comment on Top-Rated, Highly-Targeted Blogs.
Your first priority should be to establish relationships with top-rated, high-traffic blogs and websites that target your topic or your audience.
One of the best ways to do that is to comment on the blog posts and articles featured on your target blogs or websites. If you write smart useful comments, the blogger or website owner will notice – and, just as important, so will that blogger's or website's readers.
If you leave good comments often enough, there's a good chance the blogger or website will invite you to become a regular commentator, guest poster, or columnist.
This strategy requires that you make a list of 20 to 30 such blogs and websites and focus on commenting on 3 to 5 of those blogs or websites every day. You must have on-going consistent interaction with your targeted blogs and websites.
The alternatives to writing comments on blog posts or articles is to do one or more of the following:
2. Create a Viral Video.
I'm not talking about the bland book trailers many authors are creating and posting. I'm talking about videos that are actually watched and shared with others.
There are three ways to create viral videos – or, at least, to get more views for your videos:
Study the videos you like, especially the ones that get tons of views. Model those when creating your own videos.
Be sure to include your website URL (for example, http://www.bookmarket.com) at the beginning of your video description on YouTube. For the URL to be clickable within the description, you must include the beginning http://www.
3. Write a Q&A Column.
Offer to write a Q&A column for a high-traffic website targeting your audience. You might target a magazine website for this column (because it might also lead to a column in the magazine itself).
Connect with the website via its Facebook page, Twitter page, YouTube channel, blog, or forum. Begin the relationship there, and then build it into a real relationship where they will welcome further input from you – and suggestions on new columns.
The value of a Q&A column is that it allows you to be featured on the home page of a high-traffic website on a regular basis. The column almost write itself once you start getting an audience. Readers send you questions, and you answer them with succinct, but useful answers.
4. Offer Free Ebooks.
If you want to build up an audience for all your work and jumpstart word of mouth, give away your book as an ebook (or sell it for 99 cents) as a Kindle ebook.
Give away the ebook as a PDF or Word document on your website (but capture the requester's email to build your email list).
More important, though, is to give away your ebook on high-traffic, highly targeted websites (targeted to your topic or audience).
You might be seeing a pattern in my advice so far.
5. Do a SuperStar Blog Tour.
Or a Mega Blog Tour. Or a Blogpalooza. I’m not talking about the old-style humdrum virtual book tour of 15 or 20 blogs. I’m talking about an event blog tour that creates Internet buzz on a major scale. Event blog tours can build brands, create incredible website traffic, and sell tons of books.
The neat thing is that effective event blog tours take less time to carry out than the traditional Amazon Bestseller Campaign - and are almost always more effective in selling books, building a brand, and driving traffic.
If you want to know more about event blog tours, check out this recording of me speaking about the value and method of carrying out an effective impact blog tour: http://www.bookmarket.com/blog-tour-palooza.htm.
To read the rest of this article, go to my Book Marketing Bestsellers blog: http://blog.bookmarket.com/2012/05/top-10-things-you-can-do-in-2012-to_22.html
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Care more than others think is wise.
Dream more than others think is practical.
Expect more than others think is possible.
— cadet maxim, U.S. Military Academy, West Point
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