Marketing for Introverts

Tricia Drammeh has a very interesting post regarding helping introverts learn how to market their books. As you all probably know, a lot of authors are shy, so this post is very helpful.

All I Have to Say

If you’re a writer (published or unpublished), I’m sure you’ve heard about or experienced the difficulty of marketing a book. It’s hard to draw attention to your book when there are thousands of other books competing for readers’ attention. I’ve blogged about this topic before, so I know I’m not the only one who struggles to shine the spotlight on my book. There’s no single magical, free, easy way to sell books, but for those of you who have time, energy, and very thick skin, here is a list of marketing strategies that have been very effective for many authors:

  1. Blog Tours: You can pay a tour host to organize interviews, book spotlights, and reviews, or you can contact bloggers on your own. It is possible to organize your own blog tour, but it is very time consuming. Some bloggers have huge backlogs. Others will not respond. (Note: I’ve tried…

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‘Tis the Season To Be Jolly

I love to read.  When I go to the bookstore, I head for the notebook/sketchbook section, then mystery, then non-fiction (I love psychology books).  I know what I want and don’t stray from that.

But, at the library, I’m more adventourous.  I’ll try anything at least once.  This year I asked two librarians to pick out their favorite books, so I could give them a try.

  • I never thought I’d like Sci-Fi, but I really enjoyed the Harry Dresden Files.  Some other books caught my interest as well.  So, I’d like to thank the librarians for doing that.

I want to continue to expand my reading experience some more.  Since I love horror, thriller, suspense, romance, drama movies, I don’t see why I wouldn’t like the same genres in books as well.

So, I gave myself a challenge.  I’m on the lookout for interesting books to read.  I’ve found five people on Absolute Write that had interesting books in their sigs–four were horror and one was a memior from a guy’s perspective over a break-up.  Two books I’ve found on wordpress.

I”m buying these seven books, and if I like them, I could potentially become a fan of these authors and buy their other ones.  That’s what every writer wants, right?  To have a fan base.

It helps that I’m getting a Kindle for Christmas; I wanted to start my challenge earlier, but it seems like everyone is going the ebook route.  To document my challenge, I’ll add these to my book review section.  Tell your writer friends to check out my blog later on to see if they were the ones chosen.

I’m definitely checking out sigs and blogs to find more books to buy.  So, also tell your writer friends, who self-published or traditionally published (I’m not picky on matters like that.  An intriguing story in an intriguing story no matter how it got into my hands), to leave me a comment of one or two sentences of what the story is about and link to a blog or website about more information of the book with this post.  I can’t find all the authors on my own; I need help.

I love suspense, psychological thrillers, mysteries, etc.  But, I’m willing to give anything a try.  The whole point of my challenge is to get out of my comfort zone.  What’s the worst that could happen?  Maybe I wouldn’t enjoy the book, but it’d still be a plus for the author because they received a book sale and more exposure on the web.

Can’t wait for Christmas, so I can buy these books!!!  I already have seven in mind, but with a Kindle I’ll need more than that!

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby