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I'd like to start a new forum where people can talk about what's working for you right now in marketing your book.

I think this will help other authors to prioritize their activities if they can find out what's working for other people. This would be especially valuable to new authors.

I've share the hottest tool that I'm using right now. And that's Twitter. As you will note on the main page of this Book Marketing Network website, both my http://www.bookmarket.com website and this network have been rising in Alexa ranks (and visits) because of my use of Twitter.

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The primary way I market my book on Twitter is to share useful blog posts and other content on Twitter and send them to my site to read the post or other content. This generates about 15 to 20% of the traffic to my websites. That's a lot of traffic.

I also repost the best tweets on to my blogs about every week or two weeks, depending on how often I tweet. Republishing your tweets on your blog is a great way too draw attention to your tweets once more. I would guess that 50 to 70% of the views of my tweets come via my blogs.

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I don't care for Smashwords. I haven't had many sales there. But my Kindle version is selling the most!

I have lots of followers on my twitter, but need more on my blog. I'm going to check out your link. I mostly just tweet links to my blog posts, book reviews, or things that interest me.

 

My Twitter: http://twitter.com/writersherry

I agree. Twitter is a great resource and I love that it is so global! You can connect with readers and writers in all parts of the world so easily. Someone I met on Twitter bought one of my eBooks and read it on a business trip in China. How fun is that!

 

Amen. Twitter has been a HUGE help to me - in fact, I scored an author interview through something I got on my Twitter feed yesterday. Yahoo groups are also helpful, if your publisher has one set up.
I now have a Paper li account which highlights Twitter post that link to blog articles.  THE NO WAYZ TIRED REVIEW highligts author websites http://paper.li/f-1315506198  It is a week old and I am fine-tuning the links and will incorporate it into my personal marketing.  Otherwise, unlike blogs, it is self updating. 
Theresa, I totally agree with you. Sticking with writing against the odds, never giving up, is the mark of a true author. Listen to what others say, using what works, and ignoring what is not for you is also a good way to go. Someone advised me to speak before senior communities; okay, seniors love what you say but there are no sales there. That was advice that did not work. Oh, well.
Not every tip works for everyone. Yes, we have to find what works for us. Alice, sorry your talks at senior communities didn't work for you. Perhaps it was me who recommended it, I don't remember, but I've had great success speaking at senior communities, and by that I mean not only did they enjoy my presentation, but I sold books. If you've only gone to one or two, try again. Make sure that your talk builds your book to such an extent that your audience will want to read it. I'm doing a sequel now and everywhere I've spoken I've been told to let them know when my next book is ready so I can come back. I already have a long list waiting for my next book. Check out the facility beforehand to make sure your audience is independent enough to have their own money and the cognitive ability to read and buy. Early on I went to a very affluent senior residence only to find that most of my audience was practically comatose. Needless to say I did not sell a book, but I learned and kept going. Hope this might help.

Jeanette, what you write is absolutely correct. Checking out a senior facility is a good idea. There is one near us that wants me to speak but I know quite well that most of them are really old and if they have money, don't spend it on books but on hair styling, etc. Yes, again, you are on target. Talking up my books is the way to go. Didn't do that enough and talking builds sales.    Happy Sunday, Alice

I too have spoken at senior centers, and yes, it's hard to sell books.  I went to a fair at one and not one person bought.  It' depends what your book is about. Talk about what you know as an author on the subject and it might sell. You'd probably have to put a huge discount on them and make a $1.00. Look at it as bringing joy to them for the day. It also helps get your name and book out there.

 Your response is a good one. To sell books, we must have a "hook", either a discount or a donation of part of the profit to a local food bank,etc. Thanks, Alice

I also think we need to go to our audience.  Example: mine are alcoholic books so I go to halfway homes, rehabs, businesses, the field is really open.  You have children's books, go to schools, libraries or any event with children.

If you know your subject and talk about it like an expert, you get their attention.

 

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