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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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Nancy,

I got in on Judd's new company because it made sense that my book could sell in those areas. I just started this summer and haven't seen results yet, but I didn't expect to, since I know that this type of sale is more of a marathon than a sprint. I also have a lot of respect for Jud because of his books and Webinars. He seems to understand selling outside of the bookstore better than anyone. If you do join, keep my up with the results!

J. Steve Miller
Author of Enjoy Your Money! How to Make It, Save It, Invest It and Give It
http://www.amazon.com/Enjoy-Your-Money-Make-Invest/dp/098187567X/re...
Nancy,

The idea looks very good, and Steve may have real-life results to report back. Note though that this is a start-up, and not all of the catalogues seem to even be in existence yet, so a little caution is probably a good thing.

Certainly the non-bookstore sales channel can be very helpful for many books, and Dan Poynter has pushed this idea for years. Judd's company would be really helpful because there are few ways to explore these non-bookstore opportunities without a huge investment of time and energy.

Cookbooks particularly lend themselves to non-bookstore marketing. I mean, food is all around us. I remember buying a really good chili book at a car wash once, waiting for my car!
As several have recommended, I'm commenting on blog posts and articles that speak to the themes of my book. I'm considering doing a virtual book tour (blog tour). Have any of you done a virtual tour? Did it work for you? Do you have recommendations from your experience?
Good blog, Theresa! That's what I like about this forum - I get to hear honest appraisals of what's working and what's not working, what takes more time or money than it's worth, etc. Thanks for adding your experiences to this body of knowledge. So, where can we purchase your newly-revised book on book publicity?
sorry, where is the blog post? cant find it!
Just got a great interview with the Christian Science Monitor because of my blogbook. Have been twittering every post and a reporter doing a story on Mississippi civil rights education saw it and called. The interview lasted an hour and we made some good connections on other stories she's working on. Twittering, like John kremmer, says seems to pay off more than Facebook or LinkedIn. I'm using Tweetdeck and this saves a lot of time. Also tweet in civil rights and related groups. Bookblog is at http://emmett-till.com and I'll be done in about another month. I plan to turn it into an ebook and see what happens.
Susan, congratulations. Your blog is terrific, very rich content. I don't see why it wouldn't make a great ebook, or why not also do it as a POD paperback?

Thanks for the Twitter info also, didn't know they had specific groups. Good luck with your project, it's fascinating.
John is right on about Twitter and Social Networking.

I would like to add why it works so well from a viral perspective. When someone chooses to follow you, that is one person. However, let's say 500 people are following the person who just started following you. That means when you make a post, your information not only appears on that person's page, but also on the pages of her 500 followers and displayed to all their viewers. That is amazing exposure!

Here are some tips that I hope you will find helpful:

twellow.com/ is a directory of public Twitter accounts, with hundreds of categories and search features to help you find people who matter to you. You can use it to search for others interested in your niche. They actually archive tweets!

Also use http://tinyurl.com/ to shorten the URLs in your Tweets. It gives you more room for content in your post.

Thank you,
Michael
http://www.proauthors.com
I will concur with this John. Twitter is one of the best ways to connect with others writers and readers in this industry. I have started twitting about the fact I am working on my 1st novel and people will come to my website and tweet with me to share ideas, stories, advice. It is really wonderful.
Also, being a part of a local writers group helps me share and receive advice from local writers what works for them too.

Thanks John!

Sincerely,

Teresa Morrow
@teresamorrow on Twitter
joint ventures are working for me. I have a curiosity question: does anyone know of publicity/PR sites like pitchrate.com?
Alison, can you give us an example of a "joint venture"? Thanks.
Joint ventures can take many forms: service swaps, coupon distributors, reselling others' services for a % of the profits, etc. If you want more details, feel free to email me at alison@idealvisitor.com; please reference this discussion. Cheers. Alison

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