There aren’t many authors who embrace marketing with as much verve, attention, and love as we do our writing. There’s nothing more thrilling than publishing a book – but as soon as I published book#2 I recognised The Snowball Effect i.e. I now had to market / maintain / manage TWO books. And then came book#3, needing its own marketing, while the other 2 were still side-eyeing me for attention, then #4, then…
Nice worry to have? Well, I hope I’m never complacent about getting books published (and read and liked, thank you to all who have!) but that’s when you realise this is a BUSINESS. However modest, however personal, however creative as opposed to constructive… it is MORE than just writing.
The only good thing about The Snowball Effect, in my opinion, is that it nudges you firmly into building something that’s scaleable. That is, the process you build for book #1 – put it on your website, on book reading sites, send a newsletter, prepare a detailed sheet for reviewers, copy the cover art in the right size, keep the Buy link to hand for social media posts etc etc – can all be used in exactly the same format for books #2 through #200 (*cough* *if ever*). Your response to marketing will gain the Snowball Effect’s benefits as well as the pressure.
There’s no magic bullet of Marketing to keep us in the public eye. Obviously the most important thing is to keep writing, but I’ve been mulling over these 3 Tips recently blogged in Angela Booth’s blog. I don’t buy many self help books, or subscribe to many that’s-the-way-to-do-it blogs, but now and then I’m sure we all find advice that resonates with the way we work. These felt just right for me, and in sound-bites I can cope with.
The quotes below are all from Angela’s blog, please pop over there if you want to read more.
1. DEVOTE TEN MINUTES A DAY TO MARKETING, EVERY DAY
Listen up. Ten minutes a day is powerful. I don’t care how busy you are, you can spend ten minutes a day on marketing. That’s over an hour a week. And that hour is cumulative.
Every writer starts at zero. Ten minutes a day ensures that you won’t stay there too long.
2. YOU’RE A BRAND, FROM DAY ONE: EVERYTHING YOU SAY AND DO BUILDS YOUR BRAND
What you write | How you engage with your readers or clients | The prices you charge…
Since everything is branding, don’t worry about it. Instead, focus on your ten minutes of marketing a day — and write, write, and write some more.
3. BE AWARE THAT PEOPLE TAKE YOU AT YOUR OWN EVALUATION OF YOURSELF
There’s a truism which suggests that to be successful, you need to act as if you are successful. I’m not suggesting that you tell falsehoods
Strive to be professional. Write, and market your writing, even if you’ve never made a dollar from your words. When you continue to write and market, success is inevitable.
Have fun, too. If writing is more fun for you than anything else, you’re successful, as long as you keep writing. 🙂