WebSites Writers Need To Take Seriously
I’ve been doing quite a bit of research lately to find out what is the best strategy for writers in the way of marketing our books.
Self-publishers have been given a great opportunity in terms of publishing but then again we have the disadvantage of promoting and advertising on our own. If you’re not knowledgeable in marketing, it’s another topic to learn.
In my opinion, it’s still worth the extra effort and learning experience to self-publish.
Go Where Writers Mingle
Joining the sites mentioned below is a “must do” task for all writers, especially new writers to promote your books.
Of course, this is your own decision and it does sometimes seem overwhelming to keep adding new sites to your list to visit and work with but it is the life of a self-published author.
As writers, we have to be where other writers are and do what they are doing. I don’t mean copy exactly everything they do but sort of like the comparison if you want to be a cheerleader for high school football you’re not going to join the chess club.
This will sometimes mean that you may not have daily contact with some of your existing friends but consider this a business too. If your current friends are into matrix programs, then you aren’t going to fit into their world. You want to belong to a “writer’s world.”
Concentrate your efforts on marketing your book(s) on the sites below and you will see a difference in your sales compared to your marketing to people who have a different interest or vision for themselves.
Most of these websites will offer free services and I will let you know if there is a charge.
Be sure to always check the Alexa rankings of a site https://www.alexa.com/siteinfo These rank higher than most other free sites for writers.
I’ll explain a little bit about each of the sites and why I think it’s important for you to set up an account and create a writers profile there.
Make Your Presence Known
Have you heard of Ping-O-Matic? http://www.pingomatic.com It’s a free service that you can submit your blog and it lets the search engines know you have a live site. I use it to “ping” each time I write a new post on my blog.
I think everyone knows about LinkedIn.com but so far I’ve found it non-user-friendly but they have made some changes and I think it’s been an overlooked site that writers need to be associated with.
LinkedIn has both a free and paid version but I’m still at the free level. If we are not connected there, please send me a request https://www.linkedin.com/in/monnaellithorpe/ The Alexa rank of LinkedIn is; 12 in the United States and 30 Globally. Now, that’s impressive, don’tcha think?
I’m sorry to say right now that I don’t have any tips or anything to help on LinkedIn yet but I will be a regular visitor on LinkedIn from now on. I have heard it is good for writers to be there. That’s enough of a reason for me. How about you?
The next one is The Book Marketing Network (connect with me http://thebookmarketingnetwork.com/profile/MonnaEllithorpe )
I have set up my profile there but again, I haven’t worked with it very much. Connect with me there and let’s change that and get ourselves noticed on these sites.
The Author’s Den (connect with me http://www.authorsden.com/monnaellithorpe ) I have my account set up and my books listed but I haven’t done much there.
I have quite a few more to tell you about but I don’t want to overwhelm you with too much information at once.
I’ll share one more that I do visit frequently and that is Goodreads (you can connect with me https://www.goodreads.com/MonnaEllithorpe ).
Goodreads is a great place to list the books you’ve read, want to read and give your opinion/reviews on them. As of 2013, Goodreads is a part of Amazon and that is why your reading from Kindle to CreateSpace is connected there.
So there are four WebSites Writers Need To Take Seriously and I can see that I need to do some more work on my profiles on these sites too.
How can we get our books noticed if we are not advertising them ourselves?
If you have any questions feel free to contact me. >> Contact Monna
Take the next few days to set up your accounts and your profiles and be sure to connect with me.
I’ll add a few more sites to another post next week.
If you know of any that I haven’t mentioned so far, put it in the comments section below.
“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
― J.D. Salinger
On some of these sites, it’s a possibility that you may be able to meet and talk with an author that you’ve already read their book.
It can happen on the internet.
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