How to Avoid Missed Online Book Marketing Opportunities

acim authors are always looking for ways to promote their books – often without spending any money to do so. Why, then, do so many book authors miss out on free online book marketing opportunities?

Here are four missed book marketing opportunities – and what can be done in order not to miss out:

Missed opportunity #1:

A book on blogging comes out, and in the resource section several other blogging books are recommended. One of the authors whose book is recommended finds out by accident about this new book because no one – not the publisher or the publisher’s publicity department or the author or the author’s publicist – has notified the authors of the books recommended.

For the publisher and author of the blogging book, this is like leaving money on the table. It should have been someone’s marketing responsibility to have contacted every author whose book is recommended. The contact email should 1) inform the author that her/his book is recommended and 2) suggest that the author consider blogging about, linking to, or recommending the new blogging book.

And why would the recommended authors say yes to this email request? Because having your blogging book recommended in someone else’s book about blogging is a rather large stamp of approval. By putting in the effort to help promote this new book, the other authors are actually getting the benefit of providing thumbs up for their own books.

Missed opportunity #2:

A blogger posts a review of your book on his/her blog, and comments are enabled on the blog. Your Google alerts picks up the review even though the blogger didn’t notify you about the review. You go to the blog, read the review, and then leave.

This review is free marketing for you. Increase the value of the marketing by leaving a comment thanking the blogger for reviewing your book. And say something in the comment that shows you appreciate this specific review. (Even if the review isn’t great, try to find something positive to say about the opportunity to have your book featured on the blog.)

And go back the next day to see if other comments were left. Then add a second comment thanking by name the people who have left comments. Refer to something each one said. Here’s an example of what you can leave in a single comment:

Sally, I’m glad you liked the way the protagonist got out of her major dilemma. It took me several weeks to come up with that solution.

John, I see that locales are important to you as background for a book. I did go to San Francisco to check that I had my settings correct.

Marlene, thanks for passing my book along to your sister. I hope she likes it as much as you did.

By these comments you have 1) revealed interesting tidbits about yourself (for example, you took weeks to solve a story question) and 2) encouraged potential readers to start a relationship with you. Acknowledging these potential readers as individuals means that they are much more likely to start following what you are doing.

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