So You Wrote a Book…Now What? A guide to self-publishing by The Book Garden PR
You’ve slaved hours over the keyboard, until your fingers are numb. Putting parts of your soul into your characters to write the perfect story. Well unfortunately you can be an amazing writer but unless you know how to promote it, your words will fall into the ever growing slush pile.
People need be able to relate with the author as well as the characters. You can’t expect the readers to seek you out. It’s YOUR responsibility to find them. So how might one accomplish such a feat? Well in today’s time, there is this amazing thing called social media. Sure you might have already established a Facebook or Twitter account but are you utilizing it to its full potential? (Read More)
With any career that you go into, there is a point when you find yourself saying “SHIT, I wish someone would have warned me”….. and in the world of self-publishing there are many trial and errors, many moments of “Why didn’t anyone tell me” or just bad experiences, but with each wrong turn or slight misstep there is a lesson to be learned.
I asked eight authors to name one thing that they wished someone would have informed them about the world of book publishing and the Indie publishing circle. This is what they had to say. I hope you enjoy their pieces of advice. (Read More)
I’ve been on Twitter for a while now, and I find that it is a great source of traffic for my posts. However, I am discovering that there is also an incredible community for bloggers available through the use of hashtags, retweet accounts and chats that cater for every niche.
Hashtags are labels that allow potential readers to find posts and content within a specific theme. On Twitter, there are endless hashtags that can be used, depending on the theme of your post, but there are a number of specific tags that I have found to be particularly useful, and use on a regular basis. (Read More)
If you’re anything like me, once you have finished a book that has left you with one heck of a major book hangover, you want to climb the tallest mountain and shout “OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!!” Ok, maybe NOT climb the tallest mountain, more like drive to your local book store, tell a few strangers about the “must read” book that they need to buy or bore your non Bookaholic friends
into submission and tell them all about the incredible book you have just finished and once you’re done with that…… you tweet and Facebook the heck out of it and post your review on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Goodreads.
For myself, I wanted to take my reviews beyond those three main sites (Twitter, FB and Goodreads), I wanted to create a place where I could promote my love for books, give a shout out to talented authors and give other Bookaholic’s heads up on books that I have just read. (Read More)
When I hear someone say “I don’t like to read” it’s almost as shocking as when I hear someone say “I don’t like dogs” and before judgment starts to wash over me I give them the benefit of the doubt and wait patiently for them to follow up with “I’m joking”, because really who doesn’t like to a good story…. or dogs? And before they know what hit them, I climb on my soapbox trying diligently to convince them of what they are missing out on, I blurt out names of must read books and talk about a place where rows of books seem to go on for miles, “It’s like Disneyland….you need to go, come on I’ll take you” and before I can whisk them away to Barnes and Noble or shove a book in their hands they stare at me like I’m some crazed drug dealer trying to sell them angel dust “but you will love it, the experience the author takes you on is out of this world, It’s just 400 pages!” I shout.