Writing a book is hard work. I’m finding out that marketing a book is even harder in some ways, especially for an introvert like me. I pretty much suck at it. I am not comfortable asking relatives, friends, readers, my medical team and whomever I meet on the street to buy my memoir. I am not comfortable self-promoting. I do not like public speaking. I do not like asking others even you, my dear readers, to help me with this marketing side of stuff. I also know I need help. So I’m asking for yours now. I don’t know about you, but I always hate it when I don’t know what someone really wants me to do when she asks for help, so I’m going to get specific.
First of all, I want to say a big thank you to all who have bought a copy of my book in any of the three available formats. I appreciate the positive feedback.
So how can YOU help me get the word out?
Here are a few ways you can help, if you are so inclined.
1. If you do buy my book, read it and like it, please tell others about it when appropriate. Word of mouth is what it’s all about.
2. Share about my memoir on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or wherever you hang out. If you belong to a closed Facebook group, such as a metster group, a share would be appreciated there as well.
3. Write a review on Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble. And this does NOT need to feel like a book report. A few sentences are all that’s needed. If there’s something specific you liked about the book, please mention it. Thank you to those who have written reviews.
4. If you blog, consider writing a review on your blog sometime down the road. Again, this does not need to feel like a book report. A few paragraphs sharing anything about your personal reactions, takeaways, favorite parts, what I should’ve written more about (or less), or whatever you wish is all that’s needed and would be greatly appreciated. All reviews will be linked in on my book’s info page.
5. Donate a copy to a cancer center library. Or better yet perhaps, to a local support group’s lending library. You know, to counter-balance all the “pinktified” stuff so often displayed and handed out.
6. If you’re more of a private person, send me an email with your feedback. I will eventually put together a blog post including feedback I receive. And yes, I will include all kinds. I love constructive criticism.
7. Suggest my book as a book club selection. Heavy topics yes, but good discussions might happen because of this. I hope.
9. If you’ve read my memoir, comment below sharing your honest opinion or a thought about it. Again, I welcome all kinds of feedback, really I do.
So those are some ideas I have come up with at this point.
What ideas do you have?
I can use all the help I can get!
Thank you for all your support. As always, it’s greatly appreciated.
Do you have any specific suggestions on how to market a book?
Have you read my memoir or do you plan to?
If yes, please share a thought about it below, if you’re so inclined.