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Questions about how to publicize and promote your work.

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I don't want to be introduced as a “Minority Novelist”

I started writing a novel directly tied to my background in which the protagonist and her surrounding environment have many characteristics in common with mine. As I wrote the first chapter, I ...
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How much web presence should I have?

I am getting ready to release my first fictional novel. At the moment I have zero web presence (besides E-mail accounts). I am considering using Amazon's Kindle Direct. Before releasing should I ...
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Are these marketing hacks good for poetry websites?

I've got a couple of poetry websites and I would like to bring more traffic to them. I have been thinking about exchanging links with other websites, for instance literary websites. Are there other ...
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Should I release my novel now… or miss a golden opportunity?

I just finished writing the first draft of my novel. (BTW, this is my first) As luck would have it, something just popped up in the news which is directly related to my story. The topic has been ...
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How to invoke interest in readers for second part of story when first part is not so popular + old?

I started a story and published it online in 2016. And then I disappeared due to various unavoidable priorities in life. But now I want to restart. But I am not sure. There are already less views. ...
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Can I bring back Planetary Romance as a genre?

This question is about genre and reader expectations. I'm not trying to change my story to fit a mainstream genre. I have already taken steps to broaden it's appeal, but it's too late to create an ...
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What are some effective ways to gain readers?

I seem to be having trouble finding any readers. I have my work in progress on Wattpad right now, but I only have 527 reads. I don't know what I'm doing wrong with my promotion. I post my story on ...
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Comics marketing: focus on issues or collections?

Situation: 5 year comic book series (by my spouse; I do marketing, website, etc) 4 issues a year (in theory...it's been slower) Issues are available as e-comic only Every 4 issues is collected into a ...
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How to “market” my podcast?

I'm not expecting $$ for any of my podcasts -- I think The Audacity to Podcast guy had a great explanation when he said the reason to Podcast is PROFIT: Publicity, Relationships, Opportunities, Fun, ...
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Is it advisable to begin marketing a book before it is published?

I watched a presentation called Your First 10k Readers. It explains a marketing course that will build an audience for your book prior to release - even prior to completion. It sounds sensible and the ...
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Is a tag line useful on a cover?

I am playing around with cover art ideas and have some that are quite interesting. I have added a brief tag line, not quite a subtitle, to the cover to indicate the genre. Frankly, the artistic photo ...
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How to identify target audience? And how much details do I need to know about my perfect reader?

I'm identifying my target audience based on the experiment explained in the Snowflake Method book. The narrator describes it as follows: “Now I want you to imagine that you’ve published your novel ...
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How do I attract readers? [duplicate]

When a novel is self-published through something like Amazon, how do I attract readers once it's live? How do I expand beyond just the bubble of people who know me personally?
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Is it true that good novels will automatically sell themselves on Amazon (and so on) and there is no need for one to waste time promoting?

This is what Dean Wesley Smith teaches in his articles and workshop videos. He says that all you have to do is just write and publish your books on kdp (Kindle Direct Publishing, the self-publishing ...
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How to make readers know that my work has used a hidden constraint?

According to this wikipedia article, Constrained writing is a literary technique in which the writer is bound by some condition that forbids certain things or imposes a pattern. The same link also ...
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Should an author include user-interactive sections in his website?

Related questions: Should an author have one website or two? As an new author, how important is to have a personal website? Pros and Cons: A blog to get feedback A possible duplicate of, even if I'd ...
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Sugar-coating a niche genre

I have written one novel, which I believe to be in the steampunk genre. The main plot revolves around a two adventurous women entering in possession of a fabled machine, and using it to chase the ...
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Materials to promote my book in person

Say I have a book...or a comic series...or a podcast...or another published work. Marketing written or scripted works is perfectly on topic here, and most of the promotional materials are also ...
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How do you advertise your work if you cover multiple topics or niches? [duplicate]

Lets assume that you write articles which get published online (on your own website), but these cover a wide range of niches. Some very family friendly, some aimed at children, some horror based, and ...
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What are some pre-release marketing strategies? [closed]

How can I find a good publicist to help me market my book that I want to release in November 2019?
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How do some self-published books on Amazon get lots of sales without any marketing whatsoever?

I get confused with this whole indie-publishing thing in terms of the advice I keep hearing from experts. On one hand, people say that no matter how great your book is, no one is going to read it or ...
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Can I hire an author manager as a beginner author?

So far, I've only written one short story but I wish to write a novella. I'm worried, however, about the enormous work of marketing and contacting agents and publishers. I just want to focus on my ...
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Referencing another company's product in my product manual

I'm making a manual that references a product that is not mine. What would be the correct way to note this? I'll give an example of a common product (this isn't mine, but it's a similar idea). Ex. ...
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Library of Congress filing: answering “intended for children or young adults”

I'm going to submit a request for a Library of Congress Preassigned Control Number (PCN). One of the questions on the form is: Is this title intended for children or young adults? Because of the "...
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Can I give a lecture about my book without disclosing my real name?

I have a non-fiction book about language learning, entrepreneurship, productivity and personal growth in general. The problem is: I have published this book using a pen name (pseudonym). I would ...
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Why does pricing one's ebook at $1.99 tend to result in far lower sales than pricing it at $2.99 or $0.99?

This is what I keep hearing but no one seems to be able to provide an explanation. Is it because 2.99 is high enough to be make the book respectable while 0.99 is low enough to make it easy for people ...
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Is it true that setting your book price low (without making it clear that it is a sales price) makes people assume it is of low quality? [duplicate]

I’ve heard from some authors that setting your book at a low price without making it clear that it is a sales/giveaway price tends to devalue your work and makes people assume that it is of low ...
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How to sell your book?

Writing a book is only half the job. Selling it is the other half. So I was curious, what are good practices to sell your book? To sell all your copies. To make a demand higher than supply. Many ...
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I cannot figure out the exact genre (and target audience) of my book

For more than three years, I've been writing and re-writing my novel involving immortal characters. Now I'm finally gathering courage to write a query letter and begin searching for agents. My ...
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How overcome the budget constraint while building a fiction writing career?

Recently I was exposed to several sources that suggest that writing one novel a month is possible: The book 2K to 10K by Rachel Aaron, "Write. Publish. Repeat", and my old statistics file that shows ...
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What ages should I market my book towards?

I'm writing a book, and while I'm not even close to finishing, I can't help but wonder what the age of my intended audience should be. I've read a lot of advice that says that age of my protagonist ...
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Advice on Amazon Marketing Campaigns?

Amazon has two types of marketing campaigns, "sponsored products", and "product display ads". Can anyone point me to information about how effective these are? I'm especially interested in what works ...
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What are examples of self-published writers who successfully promoted their books through word-of-mouth only?

Mark Coker writes in Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success Smashwords author Sarah Burleton, who spent over 12 weeks on the New York Times ebook bestseller list in 2011 with her ebook, Why Me?, ...
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Case study headings

I'm going to be preparing several case studies for my company and I'm pondering what patterns to use for headings—both the case study title and headings within a case study. I'd like the reader to: ...
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What is “Buying Back My Book”?

I have read on a few different author blogs, as well as some answers here I think, references to the author needing to "buy back" rights to their books. Having not yet explored all these options, ...
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What can motivate people to write and share their personal stories?

I want to motivate people, who do not already write, to write about their lives and publish their stories on my new web site. What would motivate someone to write and share their personal stories?
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Writing an “honest” Blurb?

My story is set in a sci-fi universe but it is less about genre tropes and more about the kinds of grown-up complicated characters I'd want to find in any story. I'm not bragging or trying to be ...
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What should I include (and not include) on a book's website?

I'm building a dedicated WordPress website for my (in-progress) graphic novel. My first thought was that I'd have an artist's blog for work-in-progress, and explore some of the worldbuild-y aspects ...
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Advertisements for The Economist: what do they mean? [closed]

I recently bought a book called 'The Advertising Concept Book' to help me improve in the areas of advertising and idea generation. Throughout the book, there are short exercises to help put your new ...
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What is the best book marketing strategy for an audiobook?

I'm narrator of a new audiobook. What is the best book marketing strategy for an audiobook? I wrote a book marketing article published by an ezine articles, but I wonder if this type of book marketing ...
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Is there a difference between slogans and brand statements?

I once came across a set of brand guidelines and, in the tone of voice section, there was a list of 'brand statements'. Multiple brand statements as examples of what the company could pick and choose ...
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Will people not want to download my book if it's put up on sale for free?

A lot of people say that putting your book up to be sold on sites such as Amazon for free will boost your sales, but I'm really skeptical. Won't that put readers off--thinking that something must be ...
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Publishing and Marketing [closed]

How hard is it to find a publisher for first time author? What are the risks of our story getting stolen and what are the ways to protect it? What are various ways of marketing so that the book ...
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How do I get more exposure as an author?

I've done everything, from building a nice website, being active on social media, posting my work on numerous websites, but I just cannot seem to get readers/followers. Any advice? Here's my website ...
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Effective online marketing alternatives to social media

Every online resource and forum seems to be emphasizing the importance of social media marketing for a book series. I currently have two social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter) and a personal ...
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Does a work need to be sexually stimulating to be classified as erotica/erotic literature?

Does a work need to be sexually stimulating to be classified as erotica/erotic literature? Or will any book that deals extensively with human sexuality and sexual relationships be put in that genre? ...
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How do I promote a self-published book?

I am in the process of writing a book and I'm considering setting up my own publishing agency to get it published, or else publish solely through the internet, but there is the obvious problem of ...
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How can we find a mentor for publishing our book?

We have finished our nonfiction, self-help, book draft. We require finding a mentor for improving the book's structure and for publishing and marketing. How can we find a mentor (not proofreader)? Is ...
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Should I bother allowing images (headshots) for pen names?

Please bear with me, the question really is for writers. I'm authoring software that manages ebooks. I'm to the point of representing the "profile" of authors who choose to use pen names. How ...
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How to write and promote my film blog more effectively?

I am using Blogger currently. I have paid for a domain name, but my hosting is free and to be honest I don't really want to pay (being a student). I am a self-proclaimed cinema buff and I love writing ...