Thursday, April 28, 2016

Free Publicity: Send Me Your Book Promos and Author Bios

by M. J. Joachim

In looking at the stack of books authors send me in the hopes of getting a review and some positive marketing and promotion for their books, I realize I can’t possibly help them all in a timely and efficient manner, though I certainly promise to try and help as many as I reasonably can. My brain has been on overload trying to figure out a way to solve this dilemma, because even though I actually took a speed reading course, and I read much faster today than I ever have before, I still can’t see myself being able to read and write so many reviews, when the market is completely saturated and overwhelmed with indie authors and their books.

As I was tossing and turning last night, unable to quickly fall asleep despite a very long day and being way overtired, it dawned on me. Change your blog! Obviously keep publishing as many reviews as you possibly can, but help authors market themselves too. Give them a platform to share their new release, tell their story and promote their work. Make it easier for authors to tell the world they wrote and published a book.

So that’s exactly what I’m going to do, starting right here and right now.

If you’re an author, take note and please send me an email, but don’t send me just any email. Send me an essay marketing your book, as if you were sitting in front of the biggest, baddest publishing house in the world. Sell your book to me in the form of an essay. Then, send me a second email. Yes, I want two completely different emails from you.

Write an essay all about you in the second email, telling me who you are, what you like to write and why. Share your personal dreams about becoming and being a writer, and the goals you hope to achieve on your journey. I want to know everything, all the nitty gritty, including details about how your unexpected tragedy inspired you to write and publish a completely jaw dropping story. Use this blog as one more marketing platform, where you can promote yourself and your work, to get the word out there that you are an author with a book people need to discover and read.

I will work with you to make these two marketing tools, the author bio and book promo, the best articles they can be, so we can work together to promote you and your work. If I haven’t read your book, I’ll include a disclaimer, so people reading the post know I can’t personally endorse it, and encourage them to do their own research prior to making a purchase.

I will help you promote your work and give you free publicity, sharing your post with as many people in my social networking circle and beyond that I can. I may or may not have a chance to actually review your book, but I will do everything in my power to help you get the word out that you wrote and published it. Writing is hard work, and I applaud everyone who takes the time to publish a professionally, well written manuscript, which is why I want to help you spread the word about it.

The ball is in your court now.

Send me an email describing and promoting your book in detail.

Send me an email helping people get to know you, the author.

Thanks for stopping by today. I look forward to hearing from you soon. And please share this post, so as many indie authors as possible can get their free publicity here on my blog.

Best to all,

M. J.

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