How This Lazy Girl Promotes Her Kindle Books
One of the best ways to help make more sales for your kindle books is to promote, promote, promote.
Lots of people have their opinions about what works and what doesn’t work and I suppose you will only find out what works for you if you just get on and try it.
I have to admit that I am a member of the Lazy Girl Gang. This means that I do not want to have to put too much effort or too much money into something, especially if I have other things going on.
Also, it can be difficult to judge whether all your efforts have made a difference or not. Some books are surprise hits without any big promotion. Naturally that is gonna happen for me 😉
Some would say that I have the wrong attitude about all this. Maybe I do and you never know, maybe my attitude will change down the road.
But right now there 5 things that I always try to do when I publish a new book or run a freebie promotion. And it goes a little something like this:
1 ) Sign Up To The Amazon’s Free Promotion Programme
Under its Kindle Direct Publishing programme, Amazon allows you to give away your book for 5 days every 3 months.
This is a good way to get traffic to your book and it helps spread the word about its existence. You can choose to use all the days in one go or split it up and have several “Free Days” over the course of the 12 weeks.
The main stipulation is that you are not allowed to have your book available on any other platform.
Running the free promotion could also result in people leaving postive feedback comments about your book on the Amazon sales page. This is great because it helps to persuade others to give your book a chance.
My bookettes are only available on Amazon at the moment. I have lots more to learn before I start looking at other platforms.
At some point I would like to do what Lis Sowerbutts has done, and get my book published in paperback. This is purely for vanity as I would like to be able to have that physical product in my hands and take a cheesy picture with “Published Author” emblazoned across it. Whats wrong with a little bit of showing off eh?
2) Set Up a 2 – 3 Day Promotions
Go into your KDP account and decide which days you would like to offer your book free. There are many different schools of thought with regards to how many days you should run your promotion and which days are better. I think that this is all trial and error again.
Select your dates, keep an eye on the results and try different dates next time. Then you can compare the differences and make a better informed decision about when to run your next promo.
3) Join a Friendly Book Writing Community
There are lots of book communities to choose from. The benefits of joining one is that you can interact with others who are doing the same as you.
You can share your own experiences with others and provide your own opinions on certain things.
You can also respond to questions if you know the answer and ask for advice. You will find that people are very supportive and the majority will want to wish you well in your endeavours.
It is also a great place to let others know about your new releases and any promos that you are running.
4) Blog about Your Book
If you haven’t got a website already, now is the time to get one set up. You can decide to make it specifically about the books you write or you can set up a personal blog.
This is another way to bring attention to what you write and it is a great way to gather your creations under one online roof. Set up a free website or invest a little cash and get your own domain. It’s up to you.
5) Use The Power of Social Media
If you have a Twitter and/or Facebook account, you should be using both to let people know about your books. You could even set up a Facebook fanpage specifically to help promote your writing projects.
There is a way that you can schedule your tweets and Facebook posts so that they go out at regular intervals. Take a look at automated systems like Tweetadder (paid service) or Hootsuite (free service),
That’s My Promotion Done!
I am sure that there is a lot more that I could do but these are the basic steps that this lazy girl currently takes each time I want to promote one of my books.
As I mentioned before I am still very much a newbie in the world of kindle creation and I know that I have a ways to go. I know, for example, that having much better book covers will attract more people to my collection of writing so that is something that screaming at me from the top of my “To Do” list.
Freebie Coming Your Way
Now I have a freebie idea lined up for tomorrow, which I hope will be of interest to you. As well as that, I mentioned in a previous post that I would reveal my money making sums for my Kindle book creations too.
All you gotta do to get your eyes on that information is to sign up down below to receive updates from My Daily Cuppa. I know you are curious, aren’t ya? Just a wee bit? 😉
Have Your Say: What are you doing about your Kindle book promotion? Do you do any of the things above? Share your thoughts in the comments below.