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Saturday, July 7, 2012

20 Thrifty Ways to Get Your Writing Out There/ by Chris Robley


Promote Your Book on a Budget: 20 Thrifty Ways to Get Your Writing Out There

Some folks say that the success of a book is 10% quality and 90% marketing. As an independent author you’re probably not working with a big promotional budget. You’ve already paid for pro editing, pro book design, book printing, and more, and the funds for anything AFTER the book has been made may have dwindled.
I’ve got good news, though: while it wouldn’t hurt to have some serious cash to throw behind your promotional efforts, nowadays savvy and motivated authors can spread the word about their books in really effective ways for cheap, or even free!
[Note: this article is based on a list by Penny Sansevieri of ways in which you can promote your writing for under $50 (featured HERE). So be sure to check out that post too!]

 20 ways to promote your book without breaking the bank

1. Set up a professional author website- Domain name registration and hosting are quite affordable these days. A company like HostBaby (our sister company!) can help you create a great looking site in minutes, equip it with social media integration, a blog, and all the other goodies that’ll help you sell more books.
2. Make sure your site is media-friendly- When you start approaching the media, you don’t want to make it hard for them to find the info they need. Set up a page on your website that has everything the media will need in order to cover your story. This includes any previous press quotes, your bio, hi-resolution photos of both you AND your book cover, a Q&A, links to all your social media profiles, and whatever else you want them to see. (For more info, check out our article “Is Your Author Website Ready to Meet the Press?“)
3. Guest blog posts- A great way to drive traffic to your own website and to boost your search engine rankings is to contribute articles to other peoples’ sites. Find some simpatico folks and ask if you can write a piece for their blog. Or do a blog exchange and trade articles.
4. Plan your book launch event early- Signings are ok, but readings are best! Plan an awesome event that combines a reading with a signing and Q&A opportunity. Go ahead, strut your stuff. (For more info, check out our article “How to Throw a Book Launch Party That Isn’t a Waste of Time.“)
5. Hold a social media contest or giveaway- People love prizes, and they love to share tweets and Facebook posts about contests. Have some fun; use social media to interact with your fans and give away some copies of your book.
6. Do radio interview, and lots of ‘em- Getting radio exposure might sound daunting, but there are countless internet, community, and college radio stations that are happy to interview writers. News shows may be interested in your story to fill a couple minutes in their program. Other radio shows focus specifically on the arts or writing, and you might be able to get an hour of air time or more. For more information on approaching these stations, check out CD Baby’s Complete Guide to Radio Promotion. (It was written with musicians in mind, but the same principles apply).
7. Promote yourself in your email signature- You probably take your email signature for granted. But it’s valuable real estate. Make sure to include your contact info, your website and social media links, and maybe even a quote or blurb about your book!
8. Send your book to 7 reviewers each week- That’s one a day. And all it’ll cost you is a few dollars in postage and a few minutes of research. Make sure they’re open to unsolicited review copies first, though!
9. Craft a catchy press release- Make sure the story of your book launch grabs the media’s attention. Spend some serious time on this press release. When it’s ready, send it out through some of the online press release companies. Penny suggests the following:,, and Also, be sure to contact all the appropriate radio and TV stations in your area, local magazines, weeklies, newspapers, and events blogs.
10. Start your own email newsletter- This is the best way to interact with your fans on a regular basis. Find a way to entice your website visitors to leave their contact info (in exchange for a book discount, free chapter of a book in-the-works, etc.). Have an email signup sheet at all your events.
11. Use Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.- There are dozens of social networks out there. Find the 3 that you enjoy using most and that give you the best results– and then spend 20 minutes a day on each. An hour of social networking every day should be plenty, and by the end of the first month or two you should see results. Check out these articles to get started:
12. Follow-up with everyone that helps you- Whether they’re a fan, bookstore owner, literary critic, family member, blogger, or DJ, stay in contact and show your appreciation via email, thank you card, or gift (something inexpensive but personalized– maybe a bookmark with your contact info and elements of your book cover art?)
13. Be good to book clubs- Offer to Skype in for their discussion sessions, write up some discussion guidelines with questions that book clubs could employ in their meetinsg, and maybe even attend a few local discussions in-the-flesh!
14. Ask a friend to host a book party- It’s like a mini version of your book launch/reading/signing, but smaller and more informal. The intimacy of these events usually gets the audience engaged (and ready to purchase a book).
 15. Explore consignment options- It can be difficult to get shelf space for your book even in smaller independent stores. But I recommend visiting all the stores within an hour’s drive, talk to the person in charge of acquiring inventory, and ask if they’ll take a few books on consignment. There’s little risk for the store. If they don’t sell in 3 months, you can always come back and pick them up. But they’re going to sell, right?! Yeah, that’s right.
16. Subscribe to Google Alerts- Google will notify you any time someone out there in the wide world of the internet writes about you, your book, your brand, your genre, etc. Then you can contact those people to see about further promotion opportunities, or simply to thank them for mentioning your work.
17. Write a letter to the editor- Does your book touch upon a topic that is trending in the news? If so, you might be able to write an editorial for a local newspaper or weekly about that subject (oh, and mention your book, of course)!
18. Subsidize your vacations- If you’re headed out of town, why not set up some reading events in bookstores or libraries in your destination city?
19. Books aren’t just for bookstores- Maybe other local retailers would like to feature your book in their stores, too! And don’t forget public and school libraries.
20. Post every positive review to your web site- If someone else is singing your praises, it’ll speak volumes to your potential readers. Make sure you put all your good press on your website, and let your email newsletter subscribers and social media followers know any time you get really great coverage.(But if you’re in the midst of a successful media blitz, make sure you’re not tooting your own horn every couple days– save that up for the really exciting news).
If you’re looking to put serious effort and time into a promotional campaign for your book, these are just a few of the ways you can continue to build your author platform. Be sure to check Penny’s list too, for more great ideas.
How have you promoted your book without breaking the bank? I’d love to hear your ideas. Please feel free to leave comments in the section below.

Chris Robley

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My connection to the earth is reinforced through the rhythm of the waves...The Underwater Art Museum in Isla Mujeres National Marine Park near Cancun, Mexico

Underwater sculpture } Jason deCaires Taylor(The Underwater Art Museum in Isla Mujeres National Marine Park near Cancun, Mexico (isn’t pretty darn kewl...)

Jason deCaires Taylor is the creative mastermind behind these gentle, silent statues made of a porous materials to encourage reef life to grow on and around them.

Hauntingly beautiful... Besides Mexico, you’ll also find some of deCaires Taylor’s figures in the West Indies.

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Jason deCaires Taylor, underwater sculpture, art, mexico, west indies, uk

Jason deCaires Taylor, underwater sculpture, art, mexico, west indies, uk

Jason deCaires Taylor, underwater sculpture, art, mexico, west indies, uk

Jason deCaires Taylor, underwater sculpture, art, mexico, west indies, uk

Jason deCaires Taylor, underwater sculpture, art, mexico, west indies, uk

Jason deCaires Taylor, underwater sculpture, art, mexico, west indies, uk

Jason deCaires Taylor, underwater sculpture, art, mexico, west indies, uk

Jason deCaires Taylor, underwater sculpture, art, mexico, west indies, uk

Jason deCaires Taylor, underwater sculpture, art, mexico, west indies, uk

Jason deCaires Taylor, underwater sculpture, art, mexico, west indies, uk

Jason deCaires Taylor, underwater sculpture, art, mexico, west indies, uk

Jason deCaires Taylor, underwater sculpture, art, mexico, west indies, uk


Jason deCaires Taylor was born in 1974 to an English father and Guyanese mother, spending the earlier part of his life growing up in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. Educated in South East England, he graduated in 1998 from Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, with a B.A.Honours in Sculpture and Ceramics. He is also a fully qualified diving instructor, underwater naturalist and award winning underwater photographer, with over 14 years of diving experience in various countries.

Friday, July 6, 2012


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One of my favorite features of Facebook is the ability to auto tweet my posts.
While I do have some people who follow me on both my blog’s fan page and my Twitter account, it seems that everyone has one site they like better and that they spend more time on.
By having my Facebook posts auto tweet out, I can reach both audiences with only one update. As a blogger, this saves me time (which we all know is valuable).

Sign into Facebook as your personal account and go to
Here you will see a list of all the pages that you are admin for.
Press the “Link to Twitter” button for the page you want to link.
Next you need to login to Twitter and authorize the application.

Once the page is linked to Twitter, you can decide what updates you want to auto tweet. Once you are done, press “Save Changes.”

- If you say “click like” in your post, be prepared for people on Twitter to reply saying “there is no like button on Twitter” or something similar. To avoid this, I always delete the auto tweet if it says “click like.”
- You only  have 140 characters on Twitter so to really get engagement on both sites, keep your posts within that limit (I know it’s not always possible, but definitely something to keep in mind).
- You need to reply to people on both networks to keep the conversation going. People will stop replying to your updates if you aren’t engaging with them.
So get your accounts linked and make your blogging life a little easier.

Thank you for reading this article. I hope you found it interesting and useful. 
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About the author:Jessica Torres

Jessica is the wanna-be entertaining writer of the blog My Time as Mom and plays a bartender on the Internet over at One Martini at a Time. She loves WordPress, social media, and her family (not necessarily in that order). When not blogging, Jessica can be found on Twitter and Facebook (or taking a nap).


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