So, February is sort of a lovey-dovey month with Valentine’s Day and all, so it’s only fitting we continue talking about something I love: author marketing.
(If you just groaned at those two words, no worries. You’re normal. I’m the weird one.)
But here’s the thing, marketing doesn’t have to be a moan-inducing. It can even be, get this, fun. The key is understanding what good marketing is…and isn’t.
For the first Mondays of each month, we’re going to talk about some very practical tips for marketing your book (and you!)…even before you’re contracted. But I didn’t want to skip ahead to those ideas without first laying the ground work and making sure we’re all on the same page about what marketing really is.
Good marketing is not:
- Beating people over the head with talk about your book
- Lurking on social media and blogs looking for each and every chance to link to your own site or book
- Using others and their connections for your own gain
Good marketing is:
- Building relationships with potential readers
- Knowing how to tell your story
- Knowing how to tell your story’s story
- Discovering where you and your book(s) fit in
- Being present where your readers/audience are
That probably sounds like a lot of theory, but I promise the practical application is coming up starting next month. Having a good understanding of what marketing is will help us build on the tips and ideas to come.
Bottom line: Marketing isn’t selling your book.
But selling your book is usually a sign of good marketing.