The co-hosts for this month's group are: Kristin Smith, Elsie, Suzanne Furness, and Fundy Blue.
Congratulations to the IWSG website on its one year anniversary! It's an awesome site with a great bunch of writers. It has a lot of advice, tips, and encouragement. Cheers to all of you!
In celebration of the anniversary, IWSG is putting together an anthology - The IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond. Everyone can contribute. Entries must be between 200 and 1000 words. If it's less than 300, post it on your blog or FB, and then submit your link to the site HERE. If it's over 300 words, email it directly to the team at TheIWSG@gmail.com.
The topics can include writing, publishing, and marketing. Give them your best and fresh tips. No recycled posts. The ebook will be out in December.
Here's my contribution about marketing. (250 words)
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3 Marketing Tips For Those Who Would Rather Be Writing
I am a writer. I never wanted to be anything else. But as a self-published author, I also have to be my own agent, accountant, and promoter.
Marketing savvy is not something I possess. What's even worse is what works for one author doesn't necessarily work for another. So how do you foster interest in your books and boost sales when you have no clue what you're doing?
Here are three tips that have worked for me and can be done from your writing cave.
1) Know your genre and find your audience. Be honest with yourself and get the opinions of your critique group. Once you have it, you'll be able to brand yourself and promote your books on sites to readers that will love you.
2) Start a blog. This has been one of my most effective tools in reaching fans. Match it to your genre and don't be afraid to show a little of your personal life.
3) Giveaways. People love free stuff. Use big sites like Goodreads to get a lot of exposure. If you create your own giveaway, add something a little different along with your books. Silly trinkets or a cool item from your story. Giving away gift cards also attracts a lot of attention.
Marketing may never get easier, but once you become adept in a few key things, you can spend your time doing what you really want to do: writing.
(IWSG has my permission to use this post in the anthology.)