7 Things I Think Every Author Needs
Naturally, I talk with a lot of aspiring and newly published authors. And from that, I’ve put together a list of things that a new author seems to need to even have a fighting chance in the flood of books. Ready?
A readily available, free Chapter One. The blurb is no longer enough. People love to try before they buy. If it’s a series, you could even consider giving the entire first book away for free and selling the sequels.
A well written blurb. Even if it’s not enough to sell the book, it does drive the potential reader into opening the aforementioned Chapter One. Google for tips on writing a book blurb. Make it as amazing as the book.
A blog. Come on, you knew I would say this. I wrote an article about why an author needs a blog. And if you have no idea what to do with the blog once it’s started, read my blog promotion tips. And follow me on Twitter. I share.
Goodreads. How can you be an author and not be on Goodreads?
Facebook and Twitter. The dynamic duo cannot be ignored. My blog promotion tips include a growing list of ways to use these social networks to help meet your goals. Sign up, interact. The sooner the better.
A book review. Or ten. There are bajillions of book review blogs. Yes, that’s the official count. Find ones who like your type of book, then send them a nice message offering your book for review. If they decline, offer to throw in a kidney (Or, not. FTC might not like it). If they still decline, try another reviewer. Keep trying. Someone’s bound to say yes. Note: My blog roll has a growing list of book reviewers.
Ning. I think Ning rocks. I suggest this network Book Blogs, because they’re super cool people with lots of interesting groups. I love reading posts there.
And, after you’ve done all this, you’ll want to read this post.
What other suggestions do you have for new authors trying to promote their book?