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Social Media Common Sense: Write Books, Do What Works

Social Media Common Sense: Write Books, Do What Works

Do you spend too much time on social media? Are you more productive because of social media, or less?

Photographer Nick Fancher posted an interesting article, Why I Deleted All of My Social Media and 60,000 Followers.

He makes an interesting point:

…social media trains creatives to be inauthentic. At the least, social media trains us to stay within the lane of our “brand”.

Social media: cui bono?

If you feel that social media could be encouraging you to be something that you’re not, read Nick’s article, as well as the comments.

One of the comments made me giggle:

Good point and one that nobody seems to realize.

All those followers are not sending you nickels. They follow you because they want a “how to” on how to shoot like Nick or how to get 60K followers like Nick.

It’s a valid comment. I enjoy social media, but it can be a time sink. It’s vital to remember, cui bono? Who benefits?

Judging by Nick Fancher’s article, his social media presence boosts social media. It doesn’t provide sufficient benefit to him — it may even be destroying his creativity — so it benefits him to walk away.

Avoid the time sink: get on and get off social media

As I point out in Social Media For Writers: Increase Your Sales In 15 Minutes A Day, you can do all the social media you need or want to do in a short period each day.

Social media is valuable to many authors, because in an overcrowded marketplace, readers need to hear about your books. You can’t rely solely on your publication schedule.

If you guard your time on social media, a presence on selected social media networks boosts your advertising.

Social media danger: guard your mind state

As well as stealing time in which you could be writing, another danger of social media is your mind state. A writer told me recently that she’d unsubscribed from all her Facebook authors’ groups.

Cui bono, again. The groups depressed her, and she wasn’t writing.

We all suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out.) But as she said, if something happens which concerns her self-publishing business, she’ll learn about it anyway. If she isn’t gaining anything from those groups, she’s wise to unsubscribe.

Social media can be valuable as a promotional tool. It can be fun, too. However, if it’s not benefiting you, it’s time to rethink.

Social Media For Writers: Increase Your Sales In 15 Minutes A Day

Social Media For Writers: Increase Your Sales In 15 Minutes A Day

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You want to sell more of your writing. Chances are that you've tried social media, with minimal results. You believe that "social media doesn't work."

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Self-Publishing Strategy Made Easy: How To Market Your Books In 15 Minutes A Day

Self-Publishing Strategy Made Easy: How To Market Your Books In 15 Minutes A Day

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Do you enjoy writing and publishing your books, but find that marketing them is a challenge? You're not sure what works, so your efforts are muddled, half-hearted, and inconsistent.

What if you could market in just 15 minutes daily?

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Book Marketing Tips: 3 Low-Cost, Savvy Ways To Sell More Books

Book Marketing Tips: 3 Low-Cost, Savvy Ways To Sell More Books

My students tell me that the biggest challenge they have with book marketing is finding time to do it. Authors are busy, especially those authors who work a day job. Add children to the mix, and you end up writing in the marginalia of your life.

So how do you find time?

Book marketing: time, energy, and money

You need time to promote your books, as well as the enthusiasm for it — and the money, today. So I’m always looking for easy, fast, and low-cost marketing strategies for my students, and of course for me.

Try these tips; they work for my students, so they’re worth trying because they may work for you too.

First, a tip which concerns writing.

1. Many books from one idea: think smaller books and publish more often

In Self-Publishing Tips: How To Sell Books Without Marketing we pointed out:

Amazon doesn’t care whether you publish a book of 100,000 words or 2,000 words. I’ve been encouraging you to write and publish short stories, and short nonfiction too.

We’re on the cusp of 2019. I’ve developed my publishing plans already. If you’re still working on it, and mulling over what you’ll publish next year, consider adding shorter books to the mix.

Think in terms of novellas for fiction.

With nonfiction, think of “easy solutions.” It takes forever to research and write a nonfiction book of 50,000 words. Moreover, the market’s well supplied with them already, in many categories.

Consider short nonfiction.

Start by researching current trends in whichever categories of books you write. Then research trends and crazes in the news media. What movies are coming up which indicate a trend? (Movies set fashions.)

Take a risk, too. When an idea strikes, trust your intuition. Who knows, you may be in the vanguard of a brand new obsession. Rush to publication, and you may sell thousands of copies. (Remember the coloring book craze of a couple of years ago?)

2. Sell your books from your own website, and keep more money

When you sell your books via retailers they of course take a chunk of the profits. When you sell from your own site, you get to keep more money.

That’s a big benefit. Here’s another benefit: by slowly transitioning to “going wide” (publishing everywhere you can), and adding your own website to the mix, it gives you a chance to build community.

When they think “community”, authors tend to think “oh — a Facebook group.” Creating a Facebook group became popular once Facebook started restricting what appears in your news feed, because you get group postings in your feed.

BUT (and it’s a big, juicy but) when you tie your fortunes to a big company, it’s like swimming with a killer whale. Yes, the whale may play nice for a while, but sooner or later, you’ll be swiped to oblivion.

It’s a challenge to set up your own website. However, if you use a website creation company like Squarespace, you can set up an online store in minutes. And the big company takes care of all nuisance housekeeping tasks.

More and more authors are spending time and energy on their own websites. Consider whether it might work for you, going forward.

3. Build your community: reward readers who love what you do (and find new readers)

Authors are hopping onto Patreon too, to build their community of readers. They publish complete short stories on their Patreon blog, then publish the stories elsewhere. They also offer snippets from works in progress.

In 2019 and beyond, building a community around your author name will become imperative. Today, it’s a challenge to find your readers because audiences are so fragmented. The only way to get a wide reach is via advertising, and that’s becoming increasingly expensive, as well as taking lots of time.

Try out different book marketing strategies: test, to see what works for you

We all long for a magic bullet when it comes to book marketing. Unfortunately, no single strategy works for everyone. Nor does any strategy keep working forever, except for carrying on with your writing, while marketing.

Onward, ever onward. And do have fun with it all. 🙂

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Plan, Write, And Publish Serial Fiction In Four Weeks

Plan, Write, And Publish Serial Fiction In Four Weeks

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Why write serial fiction?

Everyone's busy today. A serial is by its nature, faster to write, and publish, than a novel.

It's a quicker read too, and many readers appreciate this. While a reader may hesitate before committing hours to a novel, he can read an episode of your serial in minutes.

If you’re a new author, a serial serves to introduce you to readers. A reader may not be willing to commit to a novel by a new author, but be willing to read an episode of a serial.

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Blurbs Sell Your Books: Craft Irresistible Blurbs, And Sell More Fiction And Nonfiction Today

Blurbs Sell Your Books: Craft Irresistible Blurbs, And Sell More Fiction And Nonfiction Today

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Self-Publishing Strategies: 5 Easy Ways To Promote Older Titles

Self-Publishing Strategies: 5 Easy Ways To Promote Older Titles

If you’ve been self-publishing for a while, your backlist is growing. You’re promoting your new releases, and over time, your backlist is left to fend for itself.

A couple of weeks ago a reader asked: “How do I promote my older books without spending money on advertising?”

Great question.

Self-publishing? Your books are available as long as you choose

One of the benefits of self-publishing is that your books are available forever, more or less. You can publish/ unpublish, edit and republish… Everything is up to you.

Keeping this in mind, that you can edit and republish at any time you choose, here are some strategies for promoting your self-published back catalogue.

1. Give an old title a makeover, and republish it

I’m a tinkerer, and I love hitting the PUBLISH button, whether it’s on a blog post, or a book.

One of the easiest ways to promote an older title is to edit it, and republish it. You can add new info (nonfiction) or a new chapter. With fiction, you can add scenes.

Remember to use the backmatter of all your titles for promotion. Add a (brief) preview of a recent release. Make sure that you’ve added a link to your website, and mailing list. Got many books? Develop a list of titles, and add the list to your entire back catalogue.

When I suggest a title makeover to students, they ask whether they should republish the book as a new title, or a new edition.

My rule of thumb:

  • More than 50% new content? It’s a new title. Unpublish the older title;
  • Less than 50% new? It’s a new edition of the title.

2. Change an older book’s cover to give it a fresh new look

This is the easiest way to promote an older title. Change the cover.

In some cases, this can have an enormous impact. One student changed the cover, and her book started selling copies every day. In her case, her new cover was more in line with her genre’s expectations, so the big uptick in sales made sense.

3. Update your most recent titles, with ads for your older books inside

When you publish a book, it’s done. You forget about it. However, always keep your backlist in mind.

See the first strategy, above. Advertise older titles in your new books, and add a list of all your titles to each book you publish.

4. Change the price on your older titles

Whatever the price you’re charging, change it. No, I don’t mean that you should lower the price of the book: increase it.

When I share this strategy with my students, they’re stunned. I encourage them to do it, assuring them that the sky won’t fall, and they’re even more stunned.

One student had a cozy mystery which hadn’t sold more than ten copies. He increased the price: now it sells, so he’s writing a series based on the characters… Go figure, right?

A side-benefit of increasing the price of older titles is that you can now afford to advertise them.

5. Pop a book into KDP Select for three months (or remove it from Select)

KDP Select is a conundrum. Some authors won’t have anything to do with it, and that’s OK. Other authors enroll everything in Select.

This is understandable. Some books do brilliantly in Select, others don’t.

Here’s what I suggest to new authors. If you’re publishing a novel, pop it into Select for three months, then go wide with it. When publishing nonfiction, go wide immediately.

With an older title, if it hasn’t been in Select for a year or more, pop it in for three months (be sure to give it a full or mini-makeover first), then take it out.

For older titles already in Select, take them out when their current three months is up, and give them a makeover, then publish them wide — and raise the price while you’re at it.

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Self-Publishing Strategy Made Easy: How To Market Your Books In 15 Minutes A Day

Self-Publishing Strategy Made Easy: How To Market Your Books In 15 Minutes A Day

eBook: $5.99

Do you enjoy writing and publishing your books, but find that marketing them is a challenge? You're not sure what works, so your efforts are muddled, half-hearted, and inconsistent.

What if you could market in just 15 minutes daily?

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Nonfiction Ebooks Goldmine: Write and Sell Nonfiction Ebooks In 24 Hours Or Less

Nonfiction Ebooks Goldmine: Write and Sell Nonfiction Ebooks In 24 Hours Or Less

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