Write and Promote Your Book at the Same Time
How early is too early to start promoting your book? According to Pam Perry, PR Coach and Book Publicist, the sooner the better. Pam says it is not too early to start building buzz about your book. She recommends getting social media accounts, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter where you can start giving updates about your book. Additionally, Pam encourages us authors to get websites or webpages and blog. The great thing about all these is that it cost you nothing to set up your online presence and platform! Below I have listed some specific, practical strategies that you can do today while you are still in the book writing stage that will build buzz around your God-given book idea!
1. Share about your book writing process on social media daily.
When you go to update your Facebook or Twitter status, mention your book. For example: “50 degrees and windy. A great opportunity to make hot chocolate, grab my laptop, and crank out chapter 6 in my soon-to-be published book “INSERT BOOK TITLE HERE.” Or “wrote 750 words today. Can’t wait to get started on the next chapter.” Or check-in to your favorite writing spot via Facebook or Foursquare and leave a status about how great the atmosphere is for writing your book. Use hashtags when necessary. #author #amwriting #writing
2. Make comments and reference on your favorite blogs, groups or forums.
Respond to current discussions and questions with answers from your book. For instance, “Great article! I have met many people with a similar situation that I had to mention it in upcoming book INSERT BOOK TITLE HERE.”
3. Blog and micro-blog (a.k.a. Tweet) about your book writing experience.
If you are going to be an author having a blog is not an option; it’s a necessity. Your Twitter account will drive traffic back to your blog. Here is a tweet example: “Day 7: Creating the first draft of my book outline. So excited to really kick off this process!” For your blog post, go deeper. Explain challenges you faced with the outline. Describe “aha” moments in the outline writing process. Share what you are looking forward to next.
4. Bring your book up in conversations NATURALLY.
This book writing process is a large investment for you so you should be conversing about it, especially at networking events or social gatherings. Usually the Holy Ghost leads us to people who need our help, so as you engage in conversations, and they bring up a problem, share that you are writing a book which directly answers that problem.
5. Do short, lively videos.
People want to connect with the authors who wrote the book. Videos are a great way to showcase your personality. As you are writing you can do a short video blog (2-3 minutes) overviewing a chapter of your book. Post your videos to your blog, YouTube and other social media sites.
These are 5 quick, practical ways you can buzz your book TODAY! What else can you do? Check out Pam Perry’s YouTube video for yourself and let those ideas come to you – Click here!
Have a blessed book writing experience!
Yours in book writing!
Book Writing Coach
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