Sunday, May 15, 2011

Self-promoting: What Works and What Doesn't?

All I can do is talk about what is working for me.  This has been a learning experience for me.  If any of you have something that worked for you that I don't put on my list, feel free to add it.  I'd love to hear about it.  Maybe it's something I don't know about or haven't considered.

1.  Twitter:  This hasn't worked for me.  I don't get Twitter, and I have trouble thinking of something smart and entertaining to say that is short enough to Tweet about.  Mostly I use Twitter to keep up with my favorite show, Supernatural.  lol

2.  Facebook:  I've been doing Facebook for a couple years now and enjoy it.  Love Farmville.  But I don't think it's helped my sales any.  There are a few people on here from Facebook who Follow my blog.  Thank you!  But I don't think it's helped my sales any.

3.  Goodreads:  I LOVE this site!  If any of you are on Goodreads, feel free to add me as a friend. I am growing a great list of vampire loving friends on there, and at last check almost eighty people have added Vampires Rule to their TBR list.  It's also a great site to talk about books on.

4.  Book Bloggers:  I have at least twelve book bloggers about to read my book and review it.  I'm hoping my sales will jump once these reviews hit the cyber-space airwaves.  A few of my interviews have been posted, but I didn't notice any change in sales.  We'll have to wait and see if reviews help or not.  I hear they do wonders with your sales.  More on that later.

5.  My Blog:  Well, I love working on this blog, and I'm sure it's contributed at least in part to my growing number of books sold each day.  Thank you all!

6.  Blog Directories:  I joined a few blog directories, listed my blog on them and waited.  According to my Stats page I've had several visitors come in from these sites to look at my blog.  Maybe it's helped, and maybe it hasn't.  Jury is still out on this one.

7.  Shelfari:  I'll stick with Goodreads, thank you.  I joined a few groups on Shelfari but haven't gotten very good feedback from it, and I haven't had any luck finding good friends here like at the other site.

8.  Email Blitz:  I wrote a summary of my book, gave the links, and a coupon code for two dollars off my book and asked friends to email to all their friends and ask them to send it to their friends and so on and so on.  It did not work.  I know because I've watched for the coupon code being used, and only two people used it. 

9.  Business Cards:  I spent thirty-something dollars on business cards.  They look good and it's nice to have one in your purse when you meet someone who is interested in your book.  I also drop them off here and there, hoping someone will find one and use the link to find out more about my book.

I think that's it, the extent of my great effort to promote Vampires Rule.  If you have any ideas, I'd love to hear them because I'm tapped out.  :)


Michael said...

I'm just learning about goodreads. I'm going to try it out as well. I'll look for you there. I've often wondered about the buisness card thing. In my own mind, I can't see it doing much, but it sounds like a pretty inexpensive investment. Great post by the way!

K. C. Blake said...

Yeah, find me on Goodreads. Business cards probably don't do much, but it's a good way to give someone the link to your book and blog instead of trying to find a pen and paper. Sometimes I'm on the run or they are, so it's easy to just hand them a card. :)

Jennifer Bogart said...

Twitter really doesn't work? I have a number of hits for my blog that have come through twitter - but I don't even have a twitter account. I was thinking of setting one up. Thanks for the tip on Goodreads and the business cards. I think I'll try both of those when I'm ready to start selling.

LisaAnn said...

Wow! Such a helpful post, K.C... Thanks for sharing, and I will definitely find you on GoodReads. I've been playing with the idea of Twitter for awhile, but I have absolutely no desire to tell people what I'm doing every single second of the day (I mean, who cares, you know?), so I'm glad to hear you aren't a huge fan either.

Also, I wanted to let you know that I am giving out awards on my blog today, and I gave you one... I'd love it if you stopped by to grab it! Have a great night! :)

K. C. Blake said...

Goodreads is AWESOME! Yesterday, for no reason at all that I can see, my book went from being on 34 TBR lists to 96. I wish I knew why because I'd try to make it happen again.

*wishstar*[:(:carstairs:):] said...

I have a goodreads! I am toe-dally addicted! Did I friend you K. C.?

Angela Ackerman said...

Thanks for being so open about your promo streams and what you feel is working and what is not. I know this is a difficult area for all writers, and I know it will be appreciated, especially by those trying to SP.

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks for the candid insight! Very good to know. :)

K. C. Blake said...

Wishstar: I don't think we're friends on Goodreads yet, but I could be wrong.

I'm glad you all found the post informative. I'm thinking about doing a post on the different things I've done to get more traffic on this blog. :)