Category Archives: Tactics

How to schedule a Facebook group post

schedule a Facebook group post

If you’re working to build a community around your book, its topic, or its genre, you might have started a Facebook group for it.

Groups are where the conversations among like-minded people are taking place on Facebook.

Until recently, groups have had a few limitations. In particular, group administrators couldn’t schedule a Facebook group post (as you can on your author Page) and had no insights into the membership and how and when it uses the group.

That’s finally changing, though.

Is library distribution in your book’s future?

Amy Collins, New Shelves BooksAmy Collins, my friend in real life (who lives near me so I get to see her all the time!), is the former director of sales at Adams Media and special sales director for its parent company, F+W Media. In 2006, she started the successful book sales and marketing company, New Shelves Books. Over the years, she has sold to Barnes & Noble, Target, Costco, Borders, Books-A-Million, and Wal-Mart and become a trusted partner and recommended sales consultant for some of the largest book and library retailers and wholesalers in the industry. In the past 20 years, Amy has sold more than three million books into the bookstore, library, and chain store markets for small and mid-sized publishers. 

Amy is offering Build Book Buzz readers free and detailed webinar training on how to sell and rent your book to libraries on August 2, 2017. Click through to learn more about  How (and Why) to Sell & Rent Your Book to Libraries” and to register for free. If you’re not sure if you can make money selling to libraries, read on! 

Is library distribution in your book’s future?

By Amy Collins

library distribution

As we turn our attention to back to school and stores fill up with autumn displays, this is a great time to create and launch your plans to get library distribution for the rest of 2017 and into 2018.

Most librarians are looking for books like yours — presuming it’s a good book. According to the Public Library Association 2016 survey of more than 5,800 librarians, more than 90 percent said they do buy print-on-demand – POD – and self-published books.

Should you hire a book publicist?

book publicist

At least once a week, an author asks me, “Should I hire a book publicist?”

Do you have this question, too?

I can’t give a quick answer because it depends on your long-term goals and financial situation. What’s more, you need to be clear on what you hope a publicist will do for your career.

But a publicist can be a solid investment for the right authors.

Let’s start with what you can expect to pay. It will help to know if you can afford it before you think about the other specifics we’ll talk about here.

Naming and claiming your author website

author website

You need an author website. (No, you can’t use a Facebook Page in place of an author website.)

So the question isn’t the one I hear from so many authors — “Should I create a website?”

The question is: What should I use for my author website name and address (URL or domain name)?

Options include your:

  • Author name
  • Book title
  • Book topic
  • Company name
  • Memorable phrase related to your book

For some, the answer is obvious. For others, it isn’t.

And the whole situation can be somewhat confusing, especially if you introduce landing pages into the conversation. (Landing pages are single page sites designed to get people to take a specific action, such as provide an email address to receive a free digital download, enter a contest, purchase a product, register for an event, subscribe to a newsletter, and so on. There are no toolbars or menus because of all the content is contained on that single page.)

Opportunistic book publicity: Leverage what’s in the news

The House

This Friday, June 30, the new comedy “The House” hits theaters in the U.S.

Starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, the movie’s about what happens when parents who have blown their daughter’s college fund start an illegal casino in their basement to generate enough money to cover her higher education expenses. (Hilarity ensues!)

If you’ve written a book on how to pay for college, you should be capitalizing on the buzz around this movie starring two bankable comedians. (More on that in a moment.)

In general, you always want to look for ways to link your book to current events, whether it’s breaking news, celebrity gossip, or, as in this case, a movie that’s getting a lot of attention. It’s about being opportunistic — the opportunity presents itself and you grab it to get book publicity.

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