It's no surprise to anyone that stops by that with the recent release of Vampire Bay promos are on my mind.
I'd like to chat today about ways writers can promote their releases.
Blog tours are always fun and a way to see old friends and meet new people. There are several promotional sites out there you can sign up with. For example: Coffee Beans and Love Scenes and Goddess Fish Tours. Or if your promo budget is tight or nonexistent, you can manage your own. Ask friends or other authors who write in a similar genre. Or readers blogs. Most folks are happy to help you out.
are a good way to let readers know you've got a new book out there.
There are all sorts of online promotional sites that have a range of charges: Author Island, Night Owl Reviews, Coffee Time, LASR and Romance Studio.
And my personal fav...
I like contests. I think they're a lot of fun. Who doesn't like getting a free prize? And along the contest line, something I've only recently discovered is posting your contest in promo sites newsletters. Its a great way to get the word out. In the past, I've gone to the yahoo groups to let readers know about contests, and I'm sure I'll continue to in the future. But the newsletters seem to reach a wider audience--or maybe just more targeted--and you don't get lost in the promo blurbs. Fees vary from free to four or five to fifteen dollars. So far this month, this contest has been featured in Coffee Time and Night Owl. By the way where did you hear or see this contest advertised?
Other forms of advertising
Chats, your own blog and website, release parties, Facebook and Twitter.
Did I forget anything? Oh yeah, reviews. I guess I'll save that topic for another day.
As a writer, what promotions work best for you? As a reader, which promotions pique your interest?
Blogs of interest:
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