Vine Leaves set me up with an hour session with a marketing consultant. On a recent snow day we Skyped for an hour. Even though with work, a grad class, etc, I don't feel like I have a second to spare, I have to make many seconds to spare. My book is coming out in 6 weeks.
So far, I've taken five pieces of advice.
First piece of advice: Consistency between social media platforms is key. I updated my blog to look more like my Twitter, and Facebook profiles and my website. I've got tree branches, more consistent color, and style. What do you think?
Second piece of advice: Plan a blog tour with prizes, contests, and hashtags. I put up a note on Facebook, and a few people kindly volunteered their blogs. Now I've actually got to write some posts!
If you would also like to be a part of my blog tour, I'd love to have you. :) I can write a post, you can interview me, or other ideas that work for you.
3/21 (taken), 3/22 (taken), 3/23 (taken), 3/24 (taken), 3/25, 3/27 (taken), 3/28 (taken)
Please comment if you're interested.
Third piece of advice: It's important to minimize the number of clicks people have to make to find your book. Rather than just linking to Vine Leaves Press, I'm providing individual links.
TIME & CIRCUMSTANCE ebooks are now available for preorder!
$3.99 AUD (eBook)
iBooks | Kobo | Nook
If you want to preorder a paperback copy, that's available too.
$12.99 AUD (paperback)
Barnes & Noble
Fourth piece of advice: It's also important to set up local events. I'm trying to connect with the local poetry community like I'm part of the kid lit community. The other day, I attended a poetry book reading. Sure, I hardly talked to anyone, and I left early. But I met a couple of nice poets, bought one of their books, found out from a bookstore how to order books for events, and took a few pictures that I shared on Facebook and Twitter.
Fifth piece of advice: Build relationships online, which I think I already have pretty much covered. I've been blogging since 2009 and attending writing-related events even before then. I've appreciated getting to know you over the years. Thank you for your support.