The week has started again and I’m thinking about pronto pups, funnel cakes, and Matha’s Cookies. Yes! The Minnesota State Fair begins and I already have my ticket. I will be wandering around safely but with my mouth watering like everyone else who missed the fair last year. Last year was modified to tickets to drive through to purchase your favorite foods. We love our fair food so much that the tickets all sold out within a few hours. I’m not missing out this year!
My focus this week isn’t just of food, even if I’m an avid Foodie. I need to put my nose into another book but it’s a different experience this time because I’m not the author. The book from two other authors returned after they did their review of changes, and we are one more step closer to getting them published. A celebration will be in order when we hit the button.
Writers be prepared. You might feel the excitement of being published but your work isn’t done. In a few words – you need to promote the heck out of your book at every opportunity. If you want to gain traction faster, then buy the paid advertising on Amazon or buy the $5-$20 ad space on Facebook. Instagram your book. TikTok. Go crazy and you’ll be one step ahead of the crowd because thousands of books are published on platforms every day.
Being a published author means you are in this for a long haul. Here is a list of other tips I’ve found helpful when it comes to promoting and posting.
- The fastest attention grabber and way to grow an audience in the shortest amount of time is now TikTok. So hashtag #authortok, #readertok, #writersoftiktok.
- After research, I’ve shorten growing an audience with paid ads by running them on the weekends for 3 months straight.
- If you use LinkedIN – post early in the morning and Monday through Friday. Most people are business professionals and only check during the week.
- I know what I just said for #3 but many people get caught up on their social media (Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok) on the weekends at all hours. Test your audience at all hours.
- If you’re going to events or shows, always bring your books, business cards, and information flyers. If you’re not sure how to price, look on Etsy, Amazon, or eBay. Take the average price. I also told some of my fellow artists to test pricing with flash sales 3xs a day. You might be surprised. Buyers can associate quality with your price and you might sell more at a higher price.
- Be genuine when you like or follow. Actively follow your peers and fellow creatives because you are part of the community as a whole. Appreciate each other. This is one just for better life practices.
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