As an Indie author, you are in charge of everything: Self-publishing your eBook, creating your eBook, and of course, marketing your eBook. One of the more fun methods of marketing is to send your book on tour. Book blog tours are becoming increasingly popular, with great guest posts, interviews, cover reveals, book news, and giveaways for the new readers and fans. With our $5,000 Indie Author Writing Contest, marketing has never been more important!
BookRix would like to thank you all so much for participating in our third book blog tour, featuring The Long Way by BookRix author Aaron Redfern. We’re pleased to announce the three winners for the big Between the Lines Blog Tour Giveaway:
Congratulations, Glendalys Hernandez! You are the FIRST PRIZE WINNER! You have won a $100 Amazon gift card, a BookRix Sampler Pack (several great eBooks published by BookRix members), an eBook copy of The Long Way, and also some great swag!
Congratulations to Mary Preston! You are the THIRD PRIZE WINNER! You have won a $25 Amazon gift card and a free eBook!
Winners check your inbox for an email notification from the author!
The sequel to Aaron’s book – The Forgotten Way – is now available in the eBook stores. Check out the blurb:
Two years after the events of The Long Way, Spiff still bears his scars both outside and in. Haunted by his memories, he is compelled to leave the peaceful existence he has known and set out on the second great journey of his life, accompanied by his friend, the Merai girl Miriel. Together they strike out, knowing only that they travel south–to the end of the world if they must.
Stories never really end. The Forgotten Way is about what happens after the world is saved and everyone else has gone home.
Aaron Redfern’s The Long Way will be offered as a free eBook for a limited time, starting next week in the eBook stores!
Another way to market your book is to find blogs and websites that feature eBooks by Indie Authors. Like BookRix, there are many sites devoted to helping unknown authors make their way in the all-encompassing world of publishing. Me, My Shelf & I is a great example of an Indie friendly site, offering a variety of features such as reviews, graphic design services, and our personal favorite – My Indie Monday – featuring a new book and author each week.
BookRix and Me, My Shelf & I have decided to become friends, and this past Monday our very own Aaron Redfern was featured and next week, our very own AnnaRose Vittoria will get her moment to shine. Check out the site and support Independent Authors.
The success of a previously unknown indie author inspires us. As writers, we love to hear a good rags to riches tale, especially when it relates to self-published indie authors. We want to believe that if our book is good enough, and if we try hard enough, we’ll sell our book and maybe, just maybe, be able to make a career out of writing. Imagining that day when we can finally fill out the form as “CAREER: Author” helps us get through anything, even rejection and writer’s block.
So there is one thing that I can’t understand: Why don’t indie authors support one another. If you’re a writer, why don’t you buy books from your peers? Sure, buying a New York Times Best Seller is showing that author that you care, but in all honesty, they aren’t noticing one more sale. If you buy a book by a self-published indie author, they are going to jump up and down and celebrate that sale. You could even join their blog and send them a message and you’ll hear back. They have no other reason to respond to your comment, other than the simple fact that they are grateful.
I’m not using the H word here… (ahem, hypocrisy), but in all honesty, if we’re not buying indie books, and more specifically self-published books, then why should we expect anyone to buy our books when we publish them? Find that diamond in the rough and be the first to discover the new and great authors that are out there, right now, waiting for you to buy their books.
SHOW A LITTLE INDIE LOVE!
While reading (and re-reading) the BookRix Marketing Guide, you learned that running your own personal website/blog is the most effective way to gain readers and then keep them interested. Sure, it’s true that you can gain readers without a blog, however, with a blog you will end up with a lot more. Thanks to the Internet, creating and maintaining a blog really isn’t time consuming anymore: There are different “model sets” and “templates” helping to conjure a blog within a few minutes.
There are also advantages to joining the blogosphere: Bloggers often connect with each other. On almost every blog you can find the so-called “link list” which directly links to other blogs recommended by the blog owner. It’s really easy to get added to these lists because between bloggers it’s common to see: “you link me, I link you” – especially for authors with similar themes and genres. The more links to your blog, the more readers will visit it. And new blog visitors are almost guaranteed to become new readers at the same time! Basically, a blog offers countless opportunities to present yourself and your work.
The great news is that once you’re inside the blogosphere, you can use your connections to get your book out there. Fellow bloggers can post reviews for your book, interviews that show off your charming answers, and guest posts written by the oh-so-clever-and-witty-author: YOU.
Go ahead and bellyache about blogs. But you cannot afford to close your eyes to them, because they’re simply the most explosive outbreak in the information world since the Internet itself. And they’re going to shake up just about every business—including yours. It doesn’t matter whether you’re shipping paper clips, pork bellies, or videos of Britney in a bikini, blogs are a phenomenon that you cannot ignore, postpone, or delegate. Given the changes barreling down upon us, blogs are not a business elective. They’re a prerequisite. -businessweek.com
BookRix would like to introduce one of our blog associates, Me, My Shelf & I (MMSAI). MMSAI is a blog for everything Young Adult (YA). It’s a great resource for indie authors, for several reasons:
1. My Indie Monday
My Indie Monday is a great author feature started on MMSAI. Although they host the event, many other blogs participate and share the information on their own blogs. On Mondays they feature a new indie author, providing a space for book reviews, interviews and anything else that the author feels might be helpful in enticing the reader. AND, there’s almost always a giveaway. People love free stuff, so you’ve got to make them happy!
MMSAI reviews Young Adult/Middle Grade genres. As you all know, book reviews are a great way to share information about your book and promote your work. Just be sure to check out their Review Policy before taking the next step.
3. MMSAI Designs
MMSAI offers design services for authors. If you need help creating a book cover, great. If you’re looking to create some great giveaway swag, MMSAI are there to help – anything from posters and t-shirts to bookmarks and postcards. They can even help you design graphics for your own blog or a banner for your ad campaign.
At MMSAI, you can buy ad space for your book. As an indie author, you basically need to promote your book in as many venues as possible. MMSAI has a wide following and is a great place to gain exposure for your book (Family Friendly Ads Only). They will put your book advertisement in a prime location and BookRix authors GET A DISCOUNT! The first 4 authors to sign up will get more than 50% off their month long ad! Be sure to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (or leave a comment with your contact information below) for your chance to participate.
The BookRix Team is already taking advantage of the ad space at MMSAI – check out our banner featured right below the navigation bar!
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