While I have a traditional book deal now, I began my career as a self-published author. As you indie authors out there know all too well, that meant that in addition to everything else, I had to do all the marketing on my own.
As part of my strategy, I reached out to both book clubs and bloggers early on. For clubs near me, I offered to come to their meetings if they chose my novel. For book bloggers, I offered to send them a copy in hopes that they would enjoy it and write favorably about it. (They also could have hated it, but that’s the risk you take as an author.)
The first book club organizer to say yes to me was Jennifer van der Kleut. I attended her club, had a great time, and kept in touch. One of the early bloggers to agree to review my book was a woman named Tonya Plank. After that, I stayed in touch with her as well. I kept both women updated on the progress I was making with my book, including the eventual exciting news that I’d landed a contract.
It’s a good thing I did.
Jennifer started freelancing for AOL’s Patch network, and Tonya began writing for The Huffington Post. Both were impressed by the success I’d had with my self-published book, and the following articles resulted:
Jennifer has become such a fan that she also attended the launch party for my most recent novel. This time she recorded a video.
As the above examples demonstrate, things rarely happen overnight in marketing. It’s a process that builds on itself, so hold on to the contacts you make along the way.
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