It’s one thing to write a a course in miracles, but an entirely different thing to write one that’s saleable, viable, and marketable. Assuming you’re a self publisher or book publisher and you’ve already published your book, you need to immediately implement a strong, no-holds barred, book marketing and promotion strategy to sell your books fast. Your book selling, book marketing, and book promotion planning should begin before the manuscript is completed.
Using press releases can be a very effective marketing tool if used properly. Make sure your press release spells out the ‘who, what, where, when, and why.’ Press releases can generate thousands of dollars in sales when picked up by national trade or print media.
Make sure you have at least one good press release, written in AP style, which you can send out for the lifetime of your book. Mail a press release to all the trade journals in your field over and over again; you can use the same release. Learning to write and use powerful optimized press releases can often drive tons of traffic to your website while providing multiple back links that can lead to increased page rank and numerous top ten search engine rankings for your targeted keywords.
Mail a press release to at least 1000 print and broadcast contacts just prior to publishing your title and again and again after you publish; you can never send too many. Using press releases for marketing or promoting your book or book’s website has become increasingly popular as publishers discover the powerful benefits of using press releases.
Market your book to your number one market first, and then go after the secondary markets. I’ve seen publishers lose a lot of money paying for expensive display ads, so beware if you do this; I don’t advise it in the beginning — get your feet wet first so you know what you’re doing. Make five telephone calls a day that relate to marketing your book.
If your book solves a problem, focus on this in your marketing. Every day it’s important to focus on a variety of marketing approaches. If your book fits a specialty market, find a store that fits the genre and offer to leave books on consignment; many publishers have sold thousands of books this way.
Print and online publications provide longevity to your marketing campaign in terms of having something tangible for people to reference ongoing. Offer to trade writing a monthly column in a trade publication in your books’ genre, in trade for display ads on the same page. Place free ads periodically for your book’s website on Craigslist in different categories to drive even more traffic to your website.
I’ve not found that book signings sell many books for publishers and are often a waste of time; better to spend it elsewhere. Get as many testimonials about your book, as possible, from experts in the field relating to your title, not customers; use on your fliers and back of books. Remember to make sure your book is listed in Books-in-Print; don’t assume it’s already listed.
Arrange to speak at local, regional and national events that relate to your book topic; bring books along and have an associate sell them at the back of the room. Contact any companies, corporations or organizations that might use your book for promotions; offer significant discounts for volume orders or for thousands of copies offer a specified amount above book production costs.
Local radio shows and television appearances are good but are often forgotten within hours of the broadcast; make sure to make or get a copy of any television broadcast for future promotions. Make sure to promote and market your book each and every day, both online and offline.
The success of any book marketing effort depends on a good book and just plain hard work; its been done many times before and you can do it too. With well chosen book marketing and book promotion, online and offline, you will reap the profits you deserve for your efforts by way of the Internet and in your mailbox. Don’t delay another day if you’ve fallen by the wayside; make sure to focus on promoting, selling and marketing your book each and every day.