Be interviewed on YouTube

YouTube InterviewsI’m in the process of planning the launch of my next book, as well as about to start the Chapter Book Challenge, so the next few marketing ideas will be ones I am booking in ready for launch in May.

One thing I’ve just booked is to be interviewed on the Nat Cubes YouTube channel. Quite apart from the fact he’s my son and he inspired the book, it’s also a channel that reaches a lot of people who are in to cubing, and it’s steadily growing. He is also active in the cubing community, so it’s a great way to reach potential readers who would like to read a book about a kid who solves the Rubik’s cube.

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Getting ready for a Challenge!

My first ChaBooCha winner badge!

My first ChaBooCha winner badge!

I’m so excited. In a matter of days, the 2016 Chapter Book Challenge kicks off. For anyone who doesn’t know about this, it’s a challenge held every March to write the first draft of a children’s or YA novel in a month. I have been participating since 2012 and have used my first winners badge in this post because I’m too excited to wait for this years images to be ready to post about it!!

Last year was the first year I didn’t complete a full manuscript, however the following month I did. That story is about to be published! We are aiming for a 12 May launch.

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Share Sample Stories

Share Sample StoriesIf you’re anything like me, you have a stash of small pieces of writing that has been done for workshops, challenges, or just for fun. Use these stories as part of your marketing plan.

I have an Author Site, and I’ve decided to share a story on the first of every month. For purposes of this blog series, I’ve back dated the first story! You can read it here. This was one I have previously published on this blog and I’ve edited it slightly.

One of my aims is to showcase a variety of stories. They are stories that may have been published elsewhere, for example on my blog, or may have been written as a fun exercise. I figure they may be used as promotion for my writing.

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Weekly, monthly, or….?

How often...?

How often…?

If you’ve been following this blog a little while (at least since the start of the year), you’ll know I’m challenging my self to do more book marketing/growing my platform this year. (You can see what I’ve shared so far here.)

There are a number of promotion things on my list that would be regular things, such as sending a newsletter, or posting on my author website. One thing I’m trying to work out is how often to do these things.

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Get some Bookmarks

Get bookmarksOne of the first things I did when I published my first book was to get bookmarks printed. These have been a wonderful marketing tool for my book.

You can use your bookmark to promote you as an author, a particular book, or a book series. Depending on what you write, you can even use them to promote specific characters! Before you design your bookmark, decide what you are wanting to highlight.

Keep the design simple so you will be sure to get your message across, and include any websites so that people can find you after they have your bookmark.

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Dreams to novels?

Dream to a novel...

Dream to a novel…

A few days ago, I had a dream. When I woke up, I thought “Wow, that would make a great novel”!

There were some really strange elements to the story, but the main arc of the dream has potential, with a bit of work. The main character was there, along with parts of her story.

This isn’t the first time I’ve had a dream like this. I have notebooks of ideas that have come from dreams. The good ones, the ones worth pursuing, often come up over multiple nights.

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Get your own business cards

Get business cardsA few nights ago, we went out to dinner and got talking to a lady about my son’s cubing skills, and my writing. Unfortunately, I didn’t have anything with me to giver her so she could check out my blog and website!

Today, I sat down and purchased some business cards so this won’t happen again.

Most authors, myself included, have bookmarks, however they are not always practical to have with you all the time. One advantage of a business card is they can easily fit in card pockets in your wallet or purse, and there are purpose made business card holders if you want to keep a pile on hand.

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Leave comments on blog posts

Comment on blog postsIf you’re anything like me, you follow a lot of different authors and writing sites, as well as blogs to do with areas of interest, and you read a lot of blog posts.

One thing that I have been trying to do lately is to comment on more of these posts, especially when the blogger makes it easy to do so.

Many blogs don’t require commenters to log in or subscribe to comment, and they allow you to include your name and URL when you comment. I’ve found that I often get people clicking through to my site when I comment.

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Happy Australia Day 2016

Happy Australia Day

Happy Australia Day

Happy Australia Day to all my readers. It’s a public holiday here and we’ll be spending the day getting the kids ready for school (the new school year starts on Thursday), and having my family over for dinner tonight.

I’m also hoping to get some editing done today, but that will depend on other tasks for the day… My book about cubing is getting closer to being finished, which is pretty exciting. This is a project close to my heart as it’s something that my kids have inspired.

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Be a Regular Guest Blogger

Regular Guest BloggerThis weeks marketing tip doesn’t take any money, it just takes a bit of time, and it could take a bit of hunting.

Sharing some of your expertise by being a regular guest blogger can help you to grow your author platform. Currently, I am a regular guest blogger for three different blogs. The frequency of the posts varies, but it’s a task I enjoy and can help to promote me as an author.

The blogs I regularly contribute to, I found through Facebook I’m a member of. It started when the blog owners did a call out looking for contributors and I replied. At the time, I wasn’t sure if I had anything to share, especially as I hadn’t published a book at the time, but I figured I’d give it a go. I’ve now been doing this for nearly 2 years.

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