Make Your Book STAND OUT From the Crowd!
Nowadays, writing a book is easier and more common than ever.
It used to be the only way to write a book was to get the attention of a big name publisher, who would then buy the rights to your book and handle everything from editing, publishing, and printing to distribution and marketing.
Well, there’s not just one road to Rome, and luckily first-time authors can write, edit, publish and market their books all on their own.
With that comes a whole host of other hurdles, including how to get noticed in a highly competitive market.
At “Book Bound By the Sea”, you’ll learn everything you need to know about writing, publishing and marketing your book, so you can get it into the hands that need it most.
“Book Bound” is just around the corner, but it’s never too early to start learning about the book-writing process.
Here are a few of my favorite tips for standing out from the crowd and getting your book noticed.
Choosing the right topic can make or break your book, especially if it’s a topic that’s been hashed out over and over again. You’ll have a hard time gaining attention if there are 100 other books on the same topic.
Ideally, your topic should be something you’re an EXPERT on. If you don’t know much about the topic, regardless of how “fresh” or “hot” it might be, you need to have a solid background or be able to speak from personal experience.
What are you good at? What is a topic that you really know? Brainstorm topics you feel comfortable speaking on and would be interesting to a larger audience.
If your selected topic is one that’s already been done more than a few times, think of how you can give it a unique twist. How can your experience or insight into the topic be revamped into a fresh, new angle?
Successful authors are memorable — people know their names. If you’re a first-time author, chances are you haven’t gained that level of awareness yet.
First-time authors have to get creative; create a Facebook page for your book; post about your book on LinkedIn; join a networking group and bring your book along; start a blog or write a guest post on a friend’s blog.
In your book, be sure to include an author bio, where you can discuss your background and why you’re credible on the given topic (if it’s nonfiction.)
The point is to get your name out there! The more people who see your name, the better positioned you’ll be once your book is published.
Selling your book for a couple of bucks will generate more sales and thus greater awareness for your book.
As a first-time author, your goal should be to get your book in people’s hands! Once you’ve generated a following and strong readership, you can consider different pricing strategies for a greater profit.
Readers will be especially critical of first-time authors because your first book will likely be the only thing they know about you.
If you’re publishing content riddled with grammatical errors or slacking on your social media presence, readers won’t be inclined to trust you or your book.
If you want you and your book to be taken seriously, ask friends, family and peers to proofread your book, then hire a professional editor! Attention to detail can not be overlooked and can make the difference between making and breaking your book.
“Book Bound” is just around the corner, and what better way to kick of 2018 than by finally getting your book OUT of your head and ON to paper.