Today will everyone please welcome Teri Harman to the blog! She's the amazing writer of the new, bewitching novel, Blood Moon and is here to talk about book promotion, especially for a first time author.
1 – Get to know your local, independent bookseller
I know it’s all digital, all the time now, but a good Indie bookshop with employees who care about you and root for you can still have a huge impact on helping your first book succeed. Shop in the store, talk to the employees, get to know them and let them know what you are doing with your writing. Ask for advice – these people really know the book business.
2 – Have a blog/website with your name as the web address
Most of us have blogs now (if you don’t, start one now!). One small piece of advice that can make a huge difference is to have the name of your blog be YOUR NAME. Don’t try to come up with something clever or cute, just YOURNAME.wordpress.com or even better YOURNAME.com. If it already exists, use AUTHORYOURNAME.com. This makes it so much easier for people to find you in a web search. And you want it to be easy for people to find out about you and your new book.
Also, be sure your blog looks professional and is very easy to navigate. It should only take seconds for people to find out about your book and where to buy it.
3 – Do book reviews on your blog and/or participate in blog tours