Marketing is the most important thing once you have your book in hand, and most authors are like me and can't afford a publicist to help get their book out there. Perhaps if we share some marketing that we've each done for our own books, it will give others ideas on how to do the same. I also can't buy the hundreds of books out on marketing as I live on disability and the little I do make with the books.
Some of the things I've done so far. On my one book, The Choice Is YOurs and also DVD taped on TN death row with death row inmates talking to the kids about how they found themselves on death row and what it's like. They talk to the kids about gangs, drugs, alcohol, and committing crimes and they pull no punches or make any excuses. They were guilty and now they're facing their punishment, which is loss of life. www.thechoiceisyours.org
For this, I went on line and make a copy of all Christian schools in the us, then send each an email telling about the dvd and book. Of 8000 emails, I sold four DVD's. I'm now doing regular schools, in each state. Once that list is done I will send a flyer on it as well. I am also compiling a listing of emails for churches as most have youth groups that the dvd should be played.
I don't know what else to do with this one to get out there with this one.....I do send press releases to all the newspapers in the US on all books.
For my newest book my life story, A Mothers Torment, www.amotherstorment.com
I have no clue who to contact as this would be something most anyone could relate to.
For my book on women who ride motorcycles, I took one state and sent all the motorcycle shops an email flyer on it and got a few orders, but not enough to really say it was a success. I'd also thought of contacting leather shops on it as everyone who rides wears leather and buys in shops.
Anyone else have marketing ideas on any books or what they've done to try and market their books.