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–April 20, 2009
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How can you boost book sales? There is no quick answer to this question because book marketing is an ongoing process. Still, you can have some marketing strategies and take steps that will impact sales. Each day, no matter what is going on, no matter how busy you are, you can take a proactive step.
Keeping a book marketing log is one way to track your steps. That’s what I do and the method is working for me. I also keep and update a financial sheet.
Although I can crank out a manuscript quickly, format it for submission, post on social media, and send emails, my skills end there. So I search for simple solutions like keeping a book log. Reading past entries made me realize that my marketing steps fall into several groups: reviews, social media, special websites, “freebies,” and new directions.
Get Amazon reviews. This company is the largest book seller in the nation. Website visitors pay attention to the reviews, so the publisher advised authors to get at least 10 reviews, and strive for more. As I discovered, getting reviews is slow. Friends who agree to write reviews are often busy with their own lives. Some people are too busy to read a book, let alone write a review. Allow lots of lead time if you pursue this route.
Tap social media. I found a social media marketing service that looked like a good fit for me, and signed up for two promotions. The company is posting on social media and created two ads–services that cost me just over $200. Although many people are reposting, only time will tell if these efforts lead to substantial sales. According to my publisher, sales are picking up.
Give books away. Surprising as it may seem, giving books away is one of the cheapest, if not the cheapest, form of advertising. “Freebies” are cheaper than print and television ads. I keep a supply of books on hand and have given them to potential reviewers and community groups. As a former publisher explained, “People feel special when you give them a book.”
Use review websites. Your publisher may post your book on a website that downloads free books in return for reviews. But the people who receive your book may not follow through with a review. My publisher sends me the email addresses for those who received my book, and I send them an email thank you. Hopefully, my thanks will prompt the person to write a review. You may also contact a professional reviewing service and pay for a review. If you do this, be prepared for a favorable or unfavorable review.
Follow leads. I donated books to an elder network organization in my home town and The Salvation Army, two organizations that work together. When I donated the books, I offered to give talks and workshops that expand my books. Both organizations have expressed interest in this idea. In order to follow leads, you need to be on the lookout for them. New leads can lead to new sales.
I am following my own one-a-day advice. Every day I take one step to foster book sales. This approach has energized me, led to new contacts, and generated more Internet listings. The one-a-day approach may work for you.
Harriet Hodgson has been a freelancer for 37 years, is the author of thousands of articles, and 35 books. Her latest releases: Happy Again! Your New and Meaningful Life After Loss, The Family Caregiver’s Guide, Affirmations for Family Caregivers, and A Journal for Family Caregivers. Visit her website and learn more about this busy author, grandmother, and caregiver.
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Every month we ask this of our participants when we meet. I find this helps give us direction, a goal, a place marker to show we’ve progress. Whether you’re a reader or writer, you can answer this question and we’d like you hear your answer.
Baby steps count too.
I hope to see you at our meetings one day. Motown Writers meet every 2nd Saturday usually at the Detroit main library on the 3rd floor.
Sign up for updates at http://meetup.com/michiganliterarynetwork.
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If you didn’t attend last meeting or you’re a reader, tell us now, what is your last 30 day literary challenge and success?
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I’m currently in the fundraising stages of producing The Michigan Metaphorical Melee. What that is is a biannual four part festival dedicated to poetry in the state of Michigan. There will be a team poetry slam featuring teams from 8 different cities in the state, a theatrical production where poets will be directed into both writing and performing their own parts in a play, workshops for writers and performers, and a showcase for local poetry publishers and writers.
In November I was one of the Knight Arts Challenge winners with the Knight Foundation last year and in order for me to receive the grant that the foundation is awarding me for this project I have to match the funds in the amount of $4,000. This online fundraiser is one in a series of efforts that will acquire that funding match. The online fundraiser is aiming for only $1,000 to get enough to secure the venues for the festival and to lock down specific dates for the event. There is more information at the link that I’m posting in this email. I know you said to include pictures so I added one of the logos for the festival and one of me in case people want to know who is behind the project.
Thank you, I appreciate if you’re able to share it and I think it will be a phenomenal addition to the literary community in the city and statewide.
The online fundraiser ends on May 17th
Deonte Osayande is a former track and field sprinter turned writer from Detroit, Mi. He writes nonfiction and poetry. His poems have been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology, a Pushcart Prize and published in numerous publications. He has represented Detroit at multiple National Poetry Slam competitions. He’s currently a professor of English at Wayne County Community College, and teaching youth through the Inside Out Detroit Literary Arts Program.
Where are you from?
I was born in Saginaw and grew up in Oak Park. I’ve lived in New Mexico and Ohio, but I currently reside in Ferndale.
Tell us your latest news?
My first book, Realizing River City: A Memoir was published in February.
Additionally, I’m a live storyteller, and I have been cast in the 2016 Metro Detroit LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER show on May 1st. Details about the show and ticket information can be found here: http://listentoyourmothershow.com/metrodetroit/
When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing as early as I can remember because I always loved stories. I used to “read” books to my younger brother long before I could actually read. I always knew I wanted to create my own stories someday.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I set the record at my high school for most writing awards won and went on to pursue writing in college and continued to craft short stories throughout graduate school. Throughout all those years, though, I felt like I was aspiring to be a writer, even though I was writing. I finally felt like a true writer when I had my first story accepted for publication in Wilderness House Literary Review in fall 2013.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Writing Realizing River City has a kind of unknown origin. I had the impulse to write about relationships, but it didn’t start out as a memoir. I just kept drafting and drafting and revising and drafting until it finally started to take shape as a book about learning to love one’s self in the aftermath of apparent failure when it comes to loving others.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I was an English major in college and earned an MA in literature from New Mexico State University, so my writing is very literary. I use a lot of figurative language, large-scale metaphors, and symbolic motifs in my work. I want my writing to me more than this happened, then this happened, then this happened. I want it to be something a classroom of students can read, study, and find new meaning in each time they discuss it.
How did you come up with the title?
Rivers serve as an extended metaphor in the book and speak to the overarching theme, so I don’t want to give too much away. There is a scene in the book near the end of the second section that speaks to the notion of what it means to finally realize River City. An hence, the title was born.
Is there a message in your memoir that you want readers to grasp?
Most definitely. This is a book about redemption and survival by learning to love one’s self.
How much of the book is realistic?
All of it. Everything is true.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
It’s a memoir, so it’s all a retelling of my experiences for the purpose trying to make sense of them.
What books have most influenced your life most?
I’m a voracious reader, so this list is ever-growing. The most influential works have been The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter, Cherry by Mary Karr, Excavation by Wendy C. Ortiz, Wild by Cheryl Strayed, Running With Scissors and Dry by Augusten Burroughs, and Bastard out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
It’s a tie between Mary Karr, Leslie Jamison, and Cheryl Strayed.
What book are you reading now?
Right now I’m reading Lying by Lauren Slater, Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, and The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr. I’m usually reading many books at once.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
She’s not really a new author, but I’m really looking forward to the release of Leigh Stein’s memoir, Land of Enchantment, forthcoming from Plume in August.
What are your current projects?
I’m working on an essay collection right now that is themed around all those moments in our lives when we wonder how differently something would have turned out, a kind of rumination on “what if?”
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My MFA program at National University was a major support system for me.
Do you see writing as a career?
I would love to make a career as a writer, though I would probably also always do something else, too. As long as I can remember, I’ve worked more than one job (sometimes more than three jobs), so it would be hard to “just” be a writer.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I think I would change a lot of things, simply because I’ve had some perspective since its publication that I didn’t have when it was going through years of revision and then multiple rounds of editing with the publisher. In ten years, I would probably want to change more, but it would be damaging to the book to do so. That’s why it’s best to just move forward and write the next book.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I was a highly sensitive kid, and that was exacerbated when I became a teenager. Writing was a good way for me to get a handle on my emotions and give myself a chance to reflect on the things happening around me and to me. Writing was a way for me to express myself in a manner that people would listen. So, it probably originated from me wanting and needing some kind of attention and positive reinforcement.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
This piece, “White Spirit,” is planned for inclusion in my essay collection: http://bluelyrareview.com/melissa-grunow/.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I find writing to be a chronic struggle because I’m such an obsessive perfectionist that I fight with myself over every single word. Sometimes I wonder how I get anything done at all.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Augusten Burroughs is my favorite author. He has a knack for writing about awful life experiences in a funny way, which I sincerely admire because I am not a funny writer.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
So far, all of my book events have been in the Detroit area. I would love to travel, though, if it meant I could do a reading or a book signing event.
Who designed the covers?
The publisher, Tumbleweed Books, handled the cover design.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Trying to be factually accurate while producing good, literary writing. Memoir is tough because our lives don’t exist in a narrative arc. We have to find those things when we write, but we also can’t just make stuff up.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
It’s so compelling when retelling events to always make myself out to be the hero because, after all, it’s my story; I should be the hero, shouldn’t I? But it would be dishonest to spit-shine myself for the page. I have to be authentic, and that means fallible, wrong, and human. I can’t be concerned with what people might think of me because the story needs to be told. It’s bigger than me and bigger than other people’s opinions of me.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Be humble. Learn to write well. Don’t get distracted by the potential glitz and glamor of it all because writing is not glamorous. It’s a lot of ugly, dirty hard work, and there is no guarantee that the gamble is going to pay off. You have to want it, really want it, for it to be worth it.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for reading! Please remember to post reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. They help authors more than you might realize!
Connect with Melissa:
Facebook with her: www.facebook.com/MelissaGrunowAuthor
Tweet her: https://twitter.com/melgrunow
April 28 – 30, 2016
Keynote Beverly Jenkins
Karen White Owens
For more information:
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The Crystal Room
It’s time to go Beyond the Book!
Prepare to go higher in both your writing and editing craft! There will be a few surprises, giveaways and of course a lot of work! Limited seating available!
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There are a lot of things to think about once you’ve decided to publish your book.
When I finished writing mine, I thought the hard part was over. I soon realized that writing was the fun, easy stuff.
I believe we all have a book in us – but do we have the guts and tenacity to go the next step and get it published?
And if we do, where do we start?
Publishing can seem a little overwhelming. There are a multitude of options including self-publishing, traditional publishers, and now there is even a hybrid option which is something in the middle of both.
After weeks of examining all the publishing choices, here is what I found:
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By Amy Harrop
If you want to become a self-published author, your largest hurdle (other than finishing your book) is promotion. The bulk of your readership will no doubt come from the internet, which is a tremendous market to cover.
That can seem overwhelming, but don’t worry: there are ways to reach your target audience and distinguish yourself from the crowd. One of them is through bloggers.
Don’t underestimate the power of bloggers in eBook promotion.
It’s safe to say bloggers might be among the most important assets you have in your marketing toolkit. They’ll publish a review of your book and broadcast it to their followers, expanding your market reach in ways you could never do alone.
They’ll also provide those crucial first reviews, which you’ll need before you can even begin thinking about listing your book in the big e-publishing markets like Amazon.
But how exactly to go about getting bloggers to review your books? There are a few simple rules to follow, and the rest is just good old-fashioned perseverance.
Before you start issuing review requests, however, read this next section carefully. It shows you how to find the right bloggers, whose followers would be especially interested in reading your book.
What to look for in a blogger-reviewer
The trick is finding the bloggers whose audience matches your own. The expanse of the internet may seem too huge to handle, but the good thing is: it’s large but it’s also capable of incredible specificity.
In fact, when searching for bloggers to review your book, you should feel free to go beyond broad book genres and go for niches instead. Tailor your efforts to your book’s niche category and you’ll see better results. For example, “Young Adult” is a very broad genre. So is “fiction”. For something more niche, try “Young Adult Disaster Fiction”. If that describes your book, and there are bloggers out there with the same area of interest, you might have made a match made in heaven!
Finding bloggers in your niche isn’t only a good idea, it’s required. Approaching bloggers who don’t review your type of book is a dead end, not to mention very annoying for that blogger. Before making a review request, read the blogger’s review policy. If they don’t have one, you can figure it out by browsing his or her review history.
Here are 3 ways to find bloggers in your niche.
How to make a review request.
Probably the biggest mistake you can make is to send a generic request that’s impersonal and unmemorable. You are asking a busy blogger to read your book, so it makes sense to craft a request that not only catches the eye, but also stands out from the rest.
In other words, think of your review request as an advertisement for your eBook. The aim here is to entice the blogger to want to review your book!
You should compose a letter that includes the following items:
Offer to do a guest post
Like you, bloggers are busy people so they often welcome guest bloggers on their sites. Offer to do a guest post (let them choose the topic, just to be nice), and either make it clear you’d like a review in return, or hit them up later once they’ve gotten to know you as a guest blogger.
Either way, it’s about forming a professional relationship, with an end result that’s mutually beneficial. In fact, that pretty much sums up what you’re trying to do here no matter which technique you try. Marketing on the internet is about forming relationships, remember. By the way, this is a good reminder to get those social media accounts up and running!
Good luck with your review requests!
Check out my blog for more publishing tips. Amy Harrop Blog
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Calling All Independent Authors!
If you would like an opportunity to showcase your book to Detroit Area
readers, this is the day!
Date: July 16, 2016
Location: Troy Community Center 3179 Livernois Road, Room #304 Troy, MI
Cost: $75; Includes one six foot table, white table cloth, two chairs.
RSVP BY: June 25, 2016
Do you know an author who would like to share a table with you? We’ll let
you split the cost to save expenses! Or, if you’re an author who only
anticipates needing a half table space, we can accommodate you, too.
Please make the proper table selection at the payment screen.
Please make sure you have an attractive table display. Floor banners or
signs that need to be attached to walls are not permitted. Your entire
display should fit on your table space. Be sure to have a sign at your
table that lets readers know what types of payment you will be accepting.
Remember to include Michigan Sales Tax when pricing your books. Authors
are responsible for collecting all monies for book sales. (Don’t forget to
bring change for cash sales.)
There are a limited number of tables available, so reservations are on a
first-come, first-served basis. Fees are non-refundable, unless the event
is canceled by Grey Wolfe Publishing. Please send all inquiries to
Light refreshments will be on hand for authors and guests.
Here is the table reservation link:
I’ve also attached a graphic, should you have space for it.
Thank you for all you do to promote Michigan authors!
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