Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Aftermath

Okay, so you've written a novel.  Spent months, if not years, working on edits and polishing your baby till it's nice and sparkling clean.  Even gone the extra mile and learned all the different formatting required to publish your masterpiece and design a great cover.  It's out there and you're so excited.  But now what?

Marketing.  Getting that book out into the world where readers will notice and want to read it is a hard and time consuming task.  Even if you've gone the traditional publishing route, alot of the marketing will be left up to you.  Unless you are a best selling author, not much time and energy will be spent on your book.  So what do you do?

Here are a few tips I've come across.  All books are different.  Some will work, some won't.  You just have to dig your heals in and give it all you've got.  It won't happen over night, but if you spend some time everyday working on new avenues for getting noticed it will happen.

Press Release Sites

Sites for Book Reviews

A Romance Review
All About Romance
Angies Romance Reviews
Cataromance Reviews
Coffee Time Romance
Contemporary Romance Writers
Dear Author
Joyfully Reviewed
Love Romances More
Marilyn's Romance Reviews
Pink Heart Society Reviews
Reader to Reader
Reviews - Once Upon a Romance
Romance by the Blog
Romance Junkies
Romance Reader at Heart
Romance Reviews
Romancing the Blog
Romantic Times
Sheikh Book Reviews
Simply Romance Reviews
Smart Bitches Trashy Books
The Literary Times
The Romance Reader
The Romance Reader Connection

* Postcards with Book Cover and description of book to pass out when you are out and about. Also a great way to give someone an autographed souvenir for purchasing your e-book.
* Book marks with same info - Hey, I still use them. LOL
* Pens, Business cards, Magnets, etc. (easy to accidentally leave behind ;)
Networking & Blogging
Set up a blog where you can have links to purchase your books and share bits about your life or writing.  It's free.  And it's a great way to connect with your readers.  Then branch out to other bloggers.  Now I'm not talking about visiting blogs for the sole purpose of plugging your book.  Not cool.  Search the web for things you really enjoy.  Follow the blogs.  Comment on the posts.  People really do make the extra effort to click and see who you are. :)

Set Up Author's Page

* - (Don't forget the UK!  You have to set it up on both)
* Goodreads
* Shelfari

I'm still brain storming and although it hurts sometimes (LOL) it's paying off.
Best of luck!  And if you have any ideas you'd like to share, I would love to hear them!  I'll even send a FREE print copy of my book for the best new idea! :) 


Suzan Harden said...

Humans underestimate the net worth of simply being nice to people. Then if these like your book, they are more likely to recommend it.

Case in point, Melissa is a very nice person. I have recommended her book to several people. (I also recommend turning on every freakin' light in the house if you read her book after dark. But that's a whole 'nother problem.)

Melissa said...

Thanks so much, Suzan! Your support means so much! :) And you are so right! Word of mouth is a powerful tool!! I think it has something to do with the personal connection that can't be achieved any other way. I know I'll try something new a heck of alot faster if someone I know says it's worth it.

William said...

Old Sales Rule is "The Law of Two Hundred". Everyone knows at least 200 people. If one person tells their 200 about your book, then each of them tells their 200, it multiplies into numbers I personally can't comprehend. (But then, math never was my strong suit!)

Here's hoping the whole world knows your name shortly....:)

Anonymous said...

Don't forget's a great place to advertise too!!!!

Anonymous said...

And what a wealth of information all this is...Thanks Melissa!!!!

And I'm with Suzan, I had to read your book with the lights on!!

Melissa said...

Will, I'm with you on the Math! So glad my hubby is a wiz at it or the kids would be in big trouble. LOL It really amazes me how fast things spread. The "Law of Two Hundred" really helps put it all in perspective.

Melissa said...

Yes, Tess! The kindleboards are awesome! I'm still trying to figure out how to keep up with them. LOL This is such a huge learning curve. Passing on what I've learned is the least I can do for all the wonderful support and encouragement I've received. Hope I can relieve some of the stress and frustration for others. :)

Susan M said...

What a great source of informatiom. Thanks Melissa.

Melissa said...

Hey, Susan! Thanks for stopping by. :) This is only the beginning. The opportunites are endless. We just have to get creative.

Stacey Purcell said...

OMG! As my daughter would write...this post is chock block full of amazing places to go for help. How long did it take you to find and compile these lists?
William is so right about the law of 200! That's why we are working as a group to help promote each other's books. Group effort is so much more effective than one individual!
Thanks again for this article.

Robin Haseltine said...

WOW! Thanks for such an extensive list of resources. I've got this bookmarked for future reference :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for doing all the legwork, Missy! LOL!
This will come in handy WHEN I publish.


Melissa said...

Thanks everyone! Glad to pass on what I've learned from others! :) It's so nice to know we are not alone in all this!!

SlingWords aka Joan Reeves said...

Oh, Melissa! What a timely post since I just published my first ebook. Thanks for the great lists.

Best wishes,
Joan Reeves

Marie said...

Hi, Melissa!
Great tips, thank you.
Have you considered using googlebooks search engine for marketing your novels?

Melissa said...

Hi, Joan! You're very welcome! Best of luck with your ebook!! :) Thanks for stopping by!!

Melissa said...

Marie! Oh, I haven't heard of this one! Will check it out right now!

**email me privately at: I have a copy of "Faithful Deceptions" with your name on it!! :)

Marie said...

Thanks, Melissa. Happy to help if I can.
Love your blog and your writing.