Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I Have To Do What - Part Two

We talked about marketing last time I posted and how important it is in this day and time of writing. Even if you are a well known author you have to continue to market so you will keep your name out in the public. We talked about things you could be doing while you are waiting to be published.
Now we are going to discuss what happens after you are published. I want to mention a great book that is simple to read and gives very resonable advice on marketing: "Stress-Free Marketing" by Renea Winchester.

Frist I'm going to talk about a few things you can put into your marketing toolbox. You can get these very inexpensive from Vista Print. Order your cards first (free cards) and then they will send you a 70% coupon for your next order. I made my own bookmarks because I couldn't find any that were inexpensive. Here is a picture of a few things I've gotten from Vista Print.

These are just a few things - there are many, many things to choose from. But if you are out you always want to have a card to hand out. The big ones are postcard size and the next ones are regular business cards. On your business card be sure and put you picture on it. When we don't remember names we do remember faces!
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Now that you've got your marketing toolbox filled with goodies it's time to hit the road. There will be many opportunities where you can market your book. Here I am at a book club (one of my favorite things to do) there are conferences (you can usually sell your books there) book fairs, and just about anywhere you can get an audiance interested in books. Because mine are regional I have them in gift shops and stores. IMPORTANT FACT: Always carry books with you wherever you go. I've sold books while waiting to get my car worked on, in Staples, downtown talking to people, etc. You never know when someone might want to buy a book. Be sure and keep your cards with you, too.
Okay, these are just a few tidbits about marketing. I hope they've given you some ideas about what you might be facing after you've been published. Now don't let this scare you off - really it can be fun! Now get out there and market!!!!!
                                                        
Deborah has worked as a freelance writer and photographer, since 2001, for the historical magazine “Georgia Backroads.” She has had many articles and photographs published during this time. Her writing is featured in “Tales of the Rails” edited by Olin Jackson. She has also had a showing of her photographs at Floyd Medical Center Art Gallery as well as winning several awards. Her debut cozy mystery "Death in Dahlonega", a winner in the ACFW Category Five Writer's Contest, is now available.
She is a current member of the Georgia Writers Association, and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Deborah has been nomiated for Georgia Author of the Year 2012. She has an established blog, Butterfly Journey, where she reviews Christian Fiction. You can also catch her at
Sleuths and Suspects, where she reviews mysteries. She also contributes to the Cozy Mystery Magazine every other Tuesday

2 comments:

  1. Ooh - love these ideas! I want a tote with my book cover on the front! Thanks Debbie!

    ~Nancy Jill Thames
    Author of the Jillian Bradley Mysteries
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  2. Great advice, Deborah...all your cards and things look great!

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