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If you need a little sprucing up on your blog, more visitors, followers, or likes, then allow me to help you get noticed by Google, readers, and followers.

What happens when Google notices you?  People come to your blog from all over the world.  There are little tips and tricks that work well to get those viewers interested. I am here to show you how.

Indie Adventurz is the indie author and bloggers best resource.  My prices are low and I am quick to respond. I will work with your schedule to provide in-depth changes that will improve your stats almost immediately.   I have a growing list of satisfied customers and would love to make you a part of that list.

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I offer several services that you may not be able to find elsewhere, I am available to train you, update your site for you, or provide services in your place. I offer publishing help, author website assistance, and am dedicated to sharing what I have learned through months and months of study to bring your brand to the forefront.

I work with bloggers as well as authors in promoting their site, books, and services. Contact me and let’s work together to make your brand visible to more people.  Several authors have provided their opinion of my work in Testimonials.

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Schedule for Indie Release, Self Taught Marketing Lessons

As you may have gathered, I have a book I am about to release. My launch date is June 2, 2017.

Now, that might sound like plenty of time to get all my proverbial ducks in a row, but it is a race against time. I have spent the last six months researching the best way to promote and market a self-published book, and so I thought you might want to see in an encapsulated form, what I have discovered.

As far in advance as possible:

  • Create your author website or author’s blog.
  • Create an Author Facebook account or spruce up an existing author page.
  • Tweet out your author page and share on Facebook. Share on your personal Facebook pages and in groups.
  • Share your character’s journey on Twitter, Facebook, blog, and Website.
  • Set up Mailchimp or other sign up forms for newsletters.
  • Create a relationship with reviewers, bloggers, and readers.
  • Arrange for beta readers, editors, illustrators and cover artist.
  • Polish your book blurb and your elevator blurb.

Two Months before anticipated launch:

  • Provide books to beta readers.
  • Final line, copy and editorial editing,
  • Final proofreading once all the changes have been made.
  • Begin to introduce characters in blog posts, Facebook posts, and tweets.
  • Create an email address for character reader interaction, if wanted.
  • Begin to network with parent/genre specific groups on Facebook, Twitter, and blogs.
  • Upload to Amazon as a pre-order. Preorders will also secure your title and author page on Goodreads.
    • You can upload an unedited version without a cover up to three months in advance as long as you make sure to upload the final version 3 days before launch.
  • As soon as the book is listed on Goodreads, create a giveaway to encourage interest for your new release. Set giveaway to end on launch day.
    • You can set up the giveaway on Goodreads once you have set up the pre-order, it helps to have a cover for Goodreads. Giveaways take a week from set-up to the start date of the giveaway.  Plan on having the book in contest mode for at several weeks. The longer the better.
  • Reach out to other bloggers about potential guest posts and character interviews.

One month before anticipated launch:

  • Increase name branding in all platforms.
  • Confirm blog interaction with the correct genre bloggers. Arrange interviews, launch day events and guest posts leading up to the launch.
  • Create author group on Facebook inviting reviewers, supportive friends and network members such as illustrators, editors, bloggers, and known readers.
  • Confirm launch date and start sharing definite launch date.
  • Send out welcome newsletter introducing your characters, interesting information, and launch date.
  • Remind the newsletter readers of the Goodreads giveaway and invite them to read and review to make your launch a success.

Three weeks before launch:

  • Send out Newsletter announcing the launch date, request for ARC reviews, and guest blog opportunities. Never hurts to have new bloggers interested in hosting a post.
  • Host a cover reveal. Invite all your readers, friends, blogger friends, twitter followers and Facebook audience.
  • Advertise Cover reveal in Goodreads on groups for writers, readers, genre specific groups.
  • Make a Facebook page for your book. Invite people that enjoy your work to visit the page.
  • Make the page a merchant page with the buy now button.  Learn how here!
  • Like similar genre pages as your author page and book page.
    • Right, click on the down arrow next to the like button and you can like the page as your author and book pages.
  • Create a presence in Goodreads leading up to your launch.
  • Post on Goodreads in both groups and review areas.
  • Reach out to reviewers as soon as you have an advance copy available.

Two weeks before launch:

  • Provide the links for your book to ARC readers on both amazon and Goodreads.
  • Send out newsletter thanking the ones that have joined your group, ARC launch team, and provided support by spreading the word.
  • Invite readers to pick up your book on launch day or using the preorder button on amazon. Provide links.

One Week before launch:

  • Post blog posts reminding followers of your launch. Invite them to the giveaway on Goodreads. Invite them to read and review your new book. Thank them for being a huge part of this process.
  • Blog about your release on your Goodreads author blog.
  • Bring your author page on Goodreads and Amazon up to date. Make sure you have a professional look and have connected your blog to your amazon Author page.
  • Create a launch party on your group page and send out invitations to those on your regular friends’ list and author page followers. This is your moment to shine.

Launch Day!

  • Celebrate!
  • Read your reviews.
  • Contact any reviewers that posted and thank them for being a part of your exciting day.
  • Enjoy your launch day party.
  • Blog about your exciting journey and share any early reviews. Remember to attach links to your books and author page.
  • Enjoy the fact that your much-loved project is now safely in the hands of the public.

I am about 5 weeks from launch and I welcome any other ideas. On my first book, I did not promote my first book as I should have and I paid the price. After much study and intense reading, I created my schedule.  I am excited to be this close and I do rely heavily on my own schedule. I hope these ideas help you along the path to your book launch. If you would like to be a part of my launch team, let me know. You can also find Sojourner McConnell on Facebook, Brand spanking new Facebook  GroupTwitter, Goodreads, The Path of the Writer, and Amazon.

Marketing Tip for Selling Books on Facebook With No Personal Information Shared

I wanted to share with you a few options for marketing on Facebook even if you do not want to have an active Facebook account for yourself.

Facebook is a huge opportunity for authors that are looking for just one more book sale, one more reader and that elusive one more fan. Many people do not trust Facebook as a platform where they want to spend their time and do not enjoy sharing their personal information with the powers that be like Zuckerburg and other corporate entities. I have the perfect solution for you as an author.

Create a Facebook account. A master account as it were. You do not need to have friends, photos, locations or any of the other more intrusive information listed. It is enough to say Your name or Pen name and your occupation as Author.

Once you have that created you are able to build pages. These are simple enough to create you simply use the drop down arrow on the very edge of your facebook header and click Create Page.  create page Book Title on Facebook Vicki Goodwin

Next name your page The Title of your book. Once you have chosen the style and titled your page, you will want to add the book’s cover art, your blurb or back cover description and other information that you feel will help sell your book to potential readers. choose style of page for Book Title Facebook Vicki Goodwin The Page Turner

Now comes the tricky part.  This is where the images will come in handy.  On the top of your new page, you will go to settings. Click settings and you will see the settings options come onto the screen.  Book Page settings marketing tips for Authors on Facebook Vicki Goodwin

On the left-hand panel, you will find Edit Page as the third option from the top. Click Edit Page.  The Edit page screen will appear and you will be looking for Templates.

Edit Page for Boook Page on Facebook Marketing Tips by Vicki Goodwin

Click Edit beside the current template and you will be asked to choose which template you want to use on your new book page.   Choose Shopping. It is actually about half way down the list. When you exit the screen you will see your page now has a shop now button.

On the left-hand panel of your page, you will see the shop option has been added to the list. Click Shop. Add products to your Title page on Facebook Vicki Goodwin The Page Turner

Click add Products in the center of the screen. This is where you will add products to your page. Go to the Amazon or other Retail link and get the URL for your book. Add your book cover in the add photo slot.

Add Product URL area for Selling your book on Facebook Vicki Goodwin The Page Turner

Name your product the title of your book and the price that it is available on Amazon or another retailer. If the product is on sale, you are able to share that on this screen. Once again describe your product using genre and other keywords that describe your book. Add the retail URL in the space provided and slide share this product on your page.  Hit Save.

The last steps will take you back to the Book Title page and hover over Shop Now.  A drop down menu will appear and you will click Edit Button.  You will click Shop on your Website. Edit the Button on Title Page on Facebook Vicki Goodwin The Page Turner

 

 

 

 

Once you click Shop on your website, a box will come up that asks for the URL of the book once again. Add it again in the space providedAdd URL to Book Title on Retail Shop Vicki Goodwin Thr Page Turner and you are able to have people buying your book without having to hang around on Facebook giving personal information.

You are able to do this with each of your books. There is a second part that is just as important. When you find reviews about your books click share to facebook, use the drop down menu and share the post on your books page using hashtags like

There is a second part that is just as important. When you find reviews about your books anywhere on the internet remember to click share to facebook, use the drop down menu and share the post on your book’s pages using hashtags like #fivestarreview,  #mybooktitle, or #myauthorname.

Your posts are advertising for you, sharing your good news and keeping you off of the Facebook platform.  The sharing of posts to the Book’s Facebook page works even if you are active on Facebook. It keeps your book in the public eye and invites readers to take a peek at your work.  Share any book signing event posts or author interviews on the book pages too. It is a wonderful tool reaching potentially thousands (read millions) of new readers.

I hope you enjoyed learning a little trick about promoting your book. If so, leave me a comment. I will keep looking for special little-known tips and tricks for you.