Promote Your Book through Giveaways

Welcome to part two of my series on strategies to promote a new book release. This time, we’re going to take a closer look at running giveaways for your new book.

The idea of a giveaway may be a little intimidating for a number of reasons, but it can be a great way to build readership and get some attention on your book. Continue reading “Promote Your Book through Giveaways”

Oops

I sat down in front of my computer intending to write a post about the talk I’m giving on Thursday.

My English-teacher friend / amazing book editor invited me to give a guest… lecture, I suppose, to her high school creative writing class. I’m really excited, but instead of posting about my talking points, I added fancy animations to my Powerpoint slides.

And now it’s 11:30 and I need to go to bed.

But real quick!

My slides include:

  • My writing journey, especially with my first book
  • What a logline is and how to write one
  • The self-publishing process
  • How I like to outline my stories
  • Honest tips for successful writing
  • My authorly profiles where the students can connect with me if they so choose

I’m going to work on the presentation a bit more tomorrow and then send it to the teacher to make sure it fits with her lesson plans and such. Hopefully the kids don’t throw bananas at me. Is that a thing teenagers do? Hopefully they don’t tweet mean things about me.

Steve D

7 Things I’ve Learned from Self-Publishing My First Novel

The pre-order period for The Warden of Everfeld: Memento officially ended last Wednesday, which means it’s time for a little retrospective on how this 30-day marketing binge went for me.

Here are 7 things I’ve learned from self-publishing my first novel, so far. Continue reading “7 Things I’ve Learned from Self-Publishing My First Novel”

4 Key Elements of Our Press Release

If you’ve kept up with my marketing/branding series “Marketing Your Novel” recently, you’ll know that we distributed our first press release at the end of April.

As I described in my last post about that press release, we announced the official launch of our publishing imprint, Evening Satellite Publishing. Today, I wanted to provide a brief summary of the four key elements of our press release that I believe helped our strong results. Continue reading “4 Key Elements of Our Press Release”

Friday Write-Day: When the Big Picture Gets Too Big

I tend to look at the big picture a lot. I actually enjoy taking a step back in any given situation and analyzing the larger strategy or plan at work. The same goes for my writing; the clearest vision in my head for any story is the Big Picture. My issue is that the big picture often distracts me from the little things. Continue reading “Friday Write-Day: When the Big Picture Gets Too Big”

Friday Write-Day: Progress on the Non-Writing Front

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I have not made much progress at all this week… for NaNoWriMo. With less than 10,000 words written through 18 days, I think it’s safe to say I will not be hitting 50,000 words, or probably even 30,000.

One reason for the lack of progress on either WoEL or my mythology stories this week has been my general stressing over the details of publication. Up until I printed those manuscripts for The Warden of Everfeld: Memento, publication felt like a far-off dream, attainable yet just out of reach. Continue reading “Friday Write-Day: Progress on the Non-Writing Front”