I know its easier said than done, but if you a self-published author the one way for you to sell more books is to get your readers on board. Unless you’re willing shell out x amount of dollars for publicity and advertising (with no guarantee that you will sell your books) the most effective, not to mention cost effective, approach to selling your books is by spreading the word one book at a time.
Thanks to social networking sites like Facebook and Goodreads where you can connect with your friends and readers, getting the word out is a lot easier in the digital, social networking world we live in. However, you are only halfway there. Although you can lead a reader to your books and hopefully get them to buy them, you still have to get them to help you promote your book with their contacts.
The most effective way is for your readers to share your updates and links to your books, comment on your website or blog, and talk about your book. Just clicking “like” or “sharing” an update is not enough. One has to be more proactive by actually having something to say about the book. That is the real challenge.
I have a few dedicated readers/followers who do exactly that. As soon as I share a status update about one of my books or a blog post like this one, my friends spring into action by sharing these updates with their friends. Many times they will even comment about the status update which is also effective.
I have a new marketing strategy.
Actually, it’s not a new one and I didn’t even come up with the idea.
What I do is look for indie writers who self publish like myself, download their books, read them and then write a review. Some of the writers are my Facebook friends and I believe in helping them out because the quickest way to sell books is by word of mouth and having reviews for people to read.
And hopefully, they will do the same for me (some already have!)
Check out some of my favorite writers who I have done this for:
I recommend these writers and the books they have written. Check them out. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
The first filming of the day was near this bridge leading into Hoengseong. In 1951, this was the only route leading into town and for the men of the 38th Infantry Regiment, Support Force 21, and ROK forces, this was the end of Massacre Valley and the way to safety. The original bridge was destroyed during the war, but this one was built on the original site.
Yesterday, it was, “Hey, I’m going to Hoengseong to be in this documentary about the Korean War and talk about the battle and my book!”
Today, it was more like, after one of the crew had me wear a wireless mike, “Yikes, I’m going to be filmed and recorded!”
Well, it wasn’t that bad.
Throughout the day, it took no more than two or three takes for most of the shots and interviews. Sometimes, I just wanted to say something more; a few times I did get a little tongue-tied.
Being a teacher really helped. Once I got going and found my rhythm, it was like teaching a class.
I’m honored and humbled to have been interviewed for Big Al’s Books and Pals’ Author Series. Without question, Big Al’s is the online place to be for book reviews and interviews. How exclusive and important is it? I had to wait for almost a year for my book to be reviewed–the waiting list is that long!
Big Al does a great job promoting authors.
Check out the site when you have the chance.
Another soldier has come home.
More than 60 years after an early Korean War battle, Sgt. 1st Class Edris “Eddie” A. Viers is returning home to Iowa.
Viers, a 32-year old Swan, Iowa native serving with Battery A, 555th Field Artillery Battalion, 24th Infantry Division, U.S. Army, was last seen Aug. 12, 1950 as his unit engaged with North Korean forces near Pongam-ni, Republic of [South] Korea in what became known as the “Battle of Bloody Gulch.” During the fighting, enemy forces overran the 90th and 555th Field Artillery Battalions, inflicting heavy casualties on U.S. forces.
Read the rest of the story here.
The other day, I was asked if Bobby Washkowiak, the main character in War Remains, was based on a real person. Bobby is based on all the men who come home.
Welcome home, Sgt. 1st Class Viers.
Rest in Peace, Sir.