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Now that you’re back, let’s talk more about publishing and LLCs and stuff that I did this week.
Something else I’ve been working on is marketing and learning how to write a marketing strategy. I really want big suppliers like Baker and Taylor to carry my book, but they need a fee (doable), a massive amount of books, pre-orders, and a marketing plan (*pulling my hair out*).
So the money isn’t really the issue with these things. It’s mostly the fact that I don’t have massive quantities of my book on hand, I don’t have a significant source of pre-orders yet, and I haven’t put together a marketing plan.
I get a lot of cool benefits through Author U (if you don’t know about it and Judith Briles, look it up and join!) which include free webinars. I’ve been doing the best I can to learn about how to use Bublish and IngramSpark and Book Grabbr, but starting from the ground is hard. I have what qualifies as basically a barely-there following (sorry guys!) in internet terms, which majorly sucks.
I’ve spent a lot of time trying to find other bloggers that review books to request reviews. That’s hard because a lot of them are super busy. I’ve had several responses, but mostly none at all, which is hard for morale. But I also have been into some indie book stores that will carry my book, which helps balance out the lack of internet points. I know this has little to do with marketing strategy, but it’s part of the whole that’s really important.
Most book sales happen online. So how do I reach buyers online?? This is the question I keep asking myself and still don’t have a solution to. I’m still learning about how to put together a marketing plan on paper for potential buyers, so I’ll have more about that next week.
It’s like being in school all over again, except I’m doing more work than I ever did in school! And I stand to make money instead of lose it! Ha!
So until next week cool blog-reading peeps!