Monday, July 26, 2010

Build your name before you publish a book.

When I decided I would write a nonfiction book I had no idea what would be involved. But after reading several book (I tend to research everything to death) I found that before you even write you should build up a presence and have a follow. According to the book Author 101 Bestselling Book Publicity: The Insider's Guide to Promoting Your Book--and Yourself traditional publishers will not give you a second look if you are not some type of expert in your field or have developed a following.

You should do speeches and conducting seminars, blog radios and be an active participant with social media before you even seek a publisher. I found out that you have to be your own publicist as publishers don't promote anymore, Writing Nonfiction, 5th Edition: Turning Thoughts into Books (Writing Nonfiction, 5th Edition: Turning Thoughts into Books )says it's only on rare occasions for big name personalities. I thought about this and decided they were pretty much right as I see a lot of writers now turned authors that have found it hard to get there book promoted.

When writing a book proposal you should include information such as how you can help with promoting your book. Researching this information will help also if you intend to self publish too.

So I wanted to look up some sites where writers can go for more information on how to promote for themselves whether they're self published or have a publisher.

  1. Promote your book by starting a group
  2. Becky's Book Reviews
  3. Great site - Simon and Schuster offers tips on marketing
  4. Where to promote your books
  5. How to Promote Your Self-Published eBook (for free!)
There are so many resources available for free to help you promote yourself. The important thing I've learned is that you have to show that you're willing to promote yourself to make sure that your book has the best opportunity to become successful. I know we like to believe we're not in this for money but the publishers are and they hesitate to look at unknown authors. We can change this by showing that we want to help in our own promotional efforts.