Day 17 – If you were to write a jingle…

Holiday Jingle

Holiday Jingle

Day 17 prompt is:

The holidays will be upon us soon. Ever notice all the holiday commercials that use jingles in their ads? A jingle is designed to be catchy and entertaining. If you were to write a jingle for your book, what lyrics might it contain? What music might you mimic/use? Now that you’ve thought about it, how likely are you to actually go out and create a jingle for your book?

If I were to write a jingle, it would probably be something for the series rather than an individual book, and it would possibly take the form of a school song, you know, the kind that was sung at assembly and everyone hated!

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Day 16 – How do you approach book marketing on social media?

Social Media for book marketing

Social Media for book marketing

Day 16 prompt is:

The first word in social media is SOCIAL. How are you using social media to promote your book, without coming across too salesy/pushy? What aspect of social media would you like to learn more about? What are your next steps?

I have Facebook and Twitter set up, though Facebook has been the platform I use the most. To be honest, I struggle with social media as I’m definitely not selling enough books to make up for the time spent there!

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Day 15 – What about those graphics?

Picture books from flash fiction

Images, images

Day 15 prompt is:

Most adult books – graphic novels notwithstanding – rely on words to convey their plots and/or content. But when it comes to marketing – specifically, getting people to remember you – it’s super important to include images to anchor your marketing messages. What kinds of creative graphics (e.g., infographics, comic strips, stick figures, etc.) can (or do) you use to spice up your marketing and get people to take an interest in your book(s)?

My creative graphics are fairly basic as I’m not a graphic designer! My amazing publisher was able to create stunning covers for my books, and generally I use those images over and over again, especially online. She has also been able use the cover images to create bookmarks to promote my books.

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Day 14 – What kind of class could you teach?

Teaching a class

Teaching a class

Day 14 prompt is:

One great way to market your book(s) is by teaching a class or a seminar. The topics may be more obvious for a nonfiction author, but a fiction author can teach, too! Character development, planning a writing schedule, world building, to name just a few. What class or seminar could you develop in order to share your expertise and expand your platform?

For the last few years, I have been running a regular writing class for young writers at my local library!

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Day 12 – Tell us about your book signing…

Signing Books

Signing Books

Day 12 prompt is:

Describe your first book signing – real or imagined.

My first book signing was at my book launch 2 years ago.

This was a great event. It was hosted at our local library and we had speeches, including one by my son, nibbles for guests, and book signings!

I signed books, and so did my son as he did some of the illustrations. It was so much fun, I can’t wait to do it again!

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Day 11 – Modeling other authors in your genre…

Modelling authors in your genre

Modelling authors in your genre

Day 11 prompt is:

When is the last time you did a survey of other books similar to yours on the market? How are they selling? What do their authors’ websites look like? What are their authors doing to market? What ideas could you borrow to generate your own new marketing concepts or campaigns?

To be honest, it’s been a while since I’ve done this! The last time was when I was researching Swallow Me, NOW!, looking at covers and trying to get my author website done. It is something I need to do once more.

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Day 9 – What’s your best NON-bookstore venue?

Selling through cubing shops!

Selling through cubing shops!

Day 9 prompt is:

What would be the ideal NON-bookstore venue for selling your book? Why? What is your plan to reach out to such a venue to ask about having them carry your book?

For my book, 3… 2… 1… Done!, my ideal non-bookstore venue is the cubing shops. As this is the first fiction book that features a speedcuber, this is is the best place to put the book so that other cubers can find it.

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Day 8 – If book marketing were a sandwich…

Marketing Sandwich

Marketing Sandwich

Day 8 prompt is:

In America, November 3rd is  National Sandwich Day. Step back for a minute and think of your book marketing campaign as a sandwich. What are the ingredients? What make up the guts of your campaign? What comprises the bread/wrap/lettuce leaf that holds it together? And what are the condiments – the extras that add spice and really make it delicious?

BONUS: Which sandwich does your book most resemble?

This is a hard prompt, probably because my book marketing is a bit ad hoc at the moment, consisting of whatever I can fit in in the time I have available.

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Day 7 – If only I could meet…

Felix Zemdegs and my book!

Feliks Zemdegs and my book!

Day 7 prompt is:

If you could ask anyone in the world to write a blurb for your book, who would it be? Why that person/people? How did/will you go about reaching them? Yes – really!

This question was asked of us last year, and I have my answer here.

You want to know something? It happened! Feliks Zemdegs endorsed my book 3… 2… 1… Done! and is encouraging with the other cubing stories I’m working on.

How did this happen?

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Day 6 – About that platform…

Working on my platform!

Working on my platform!

Day 6 prompt is:

As an author, your platform is your building block to an audience. It’s where you’re showing up on a regular basis, whom you’re influencing, who knows you, who’s following you, who’s talking about you, who’s waiting for that (next) book to come out. What are the three most important things you are presently doing to grow your platform? What are three new steps you will undertake in the first quarter of 2017 to shake things up a bit?

Platform is something I’m still working on. I’m on Facebook and Twitter, as well as having this blog and an author website. I also have an email newsletter that I rarely send to! I admit that I’m a bit ad hoc when it comes to posting there…

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