Friday, January 19, 2018

Social Media Strategies for Authors

Today in part five of my six-part marketing series, I take a look at social media strategies for Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Social media is a mixed bag for many authors.  We at once appreciate its power and potential while at the same time curse it for taking time away from writing. 

We appreciate its potential to help authors forge closer relationships with readers yet at the same time we curse it for fostering tribalism, echo-chamber thinking, fake news and trolling.

In short, social media brings out the best in people but also the worst.


If you've been active on social media for the last decade, then much of what I share you'll already know.  But if you're feeling alienated or unfulfilled by social media, or are starting to question how best to use it without sucking your soul dry, then I think the social media strategies I share will inspire you to forge a healthier relationship with the three most popular social media platforms. 

Some of the topics I discuss include:
  • Seven tips for social media success
  • The four types of Twitter users, and how most of us are (and should be) a blend of multiple types
  • My personal Twitter strategy, and why no one strategy is right for every author
  • Not sure how to conduct yourself on Twitter?  Hear my eight Twitter etiquette tips
  • Facebook: how the most powerful social media platform holds your followers hostage
  • How authentic should you be on Facebook?
  • The struggle to balance authenticity with the potential for alienation
  • How LinkedIn can work for non-fiction authors
  • How every author can use LinkedIn to further their professional development
  • Four tips for getting the most out of LinkedIn

If you'd like to connect with me on any of these platforms, here are my direct links:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/markcoker
Facebook:  https://facebook.com/markcoker
LinkedIn:  https://linkedin/in/markcoker

Coming up next on Smart Author, I wrap up my six-part audio serialization of the 2018 edition of the Smashword Book Marketing Guide with episode 15.  You'll learn how to earn free press coverage to build your author brand and generate more demand for your books.

If you're just now discovering my six-part marketing series, I suggest you start with part one which was episode 10.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

25 Book Promotion Tips - Part Four in the Smart Author Podcasts Six-Part Series on Book Marketing

Today in Episode 13 of the Smart Author podcast, I present part four in my six-part series on book marketing.

In this episode, I share 25 book promotion tips.

The tips are presented in logical order to roughly correspond to the different stages of a book’s marketing - from pre-launch to launch to post-launch, but most can be implemented in any order at any stage of an author's publishing journey. 

Some of the topics covered include:

  • How you can use preorders to keep loyal readers on your train
  • How to find and engage in specialized communities where your prospective readers are hanging out
  • How to leverage blogs to build your author brand and collaborate with fellow indie authors, plus how to organize a blog tour
  • How to use Smashwords Coupons to build readership, engage with readers and incentivize list-building
  • ... and much more.

If you haven't yet listened to my series on book marketing, I recommend you start with Episode 10 of the Smart Author podcast, which was part one in this series.

Next week's episode will explore social media strategies for Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Autopilot Book Marketing

The majority of your readership will come from readers who stumbled across your book.

Maybe the reader was looking for a book like it.  Or maybe they weren’t even looking for a book but found your book on their path to somewhere else.

Now imagine your book as a stationary beacon, buried deep in a forest of millions of other books.  How can you equip your book to continually transmit its location and attributes so that those who might enjoy it are drawn to it, even if they’re not looking for it?

And then how do you ensure that once you draw a reader to your book, they leave your book a converted evangelist, ready to proselytize their passion for it to their fellow readers on the book discovery trail.

This is the idea behind autopilot marketing.  In today's new episode 12 of the Smart Author podcast, I present 17 tips that will help you put some the most important aspects of your book marketing on autopilot.

You'll learn learn how to leverage your book to sell more books, grow your platform faster, and spend less time on marketing and more time on writing. 

It's part three in my six-part audio serialization of the new 2018 edition of the Smashwords Book Marketing Guide.
Give it a listen at any of the find podcast sources below.

Happy New Year!


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