I’m trying to think of all the things I do to market my book.
I’m on a lot of social networks.
The usual ones:
Facebook (three identities)
Then there are less usual ones:
Tangle (formerly GodTube)
I haven’t done much with these last few lately, although I did have a nightmarish experience with a movie trailer that dragged me into YouTube and Tangle for a while.
I’ve got of course ---
Plus I’ve got:
My personal blog
Petticoats & Pistols with other western romance authors
I belong to professional organizations, to learn to network and yes, I admit it, to promote my books.
I'm also a member of the Nebraska Women's Press Writers
National Press Women
The Nebraska Writer's Guild
I’m on (good heaven’s, I went and counted) 46 Yahoo groups, many of them to market my books, but also a lot of them are author’s newsletters, which are more for fun.
I have recently retired from a weekly newspaper column I’ve written for about five years.
I do guest spots on many, many blogs. And I did a blog tour for Gingham Mountain just a week or so ago.
I try to update my personal blog daily and probably manage 4 days a week.
I also contact a lot of area publications when I have a book releasing, small town area newspapers(bigger ones too, but I don't neglect the small towns, they've been really good to me). I ask if they’d be interested in receiving a book for review, doing an interview, I offer to write a story myself, do an interview, in person, online or on the phone. Whatever works best for them. They've all got email addresses and those addresses are usually easy to track down.
I do book signings. I also stop into book stores if I’m in the area. I go get my books off their shelves, take them to the customer service counter and say, “Hi, this is my book. Some book stores let me autograph any of my books they have in stock. Would you be interested in letting me sign these?” They very often do, but not always. I don’t take it personally. I do stay and visit IF they seem interested in me doing that. I try not to make a pest of myself. Some bookstore people love talking to an author, others are busy and I don't take up their valuable time.
I'm forgetting stuff. I just want you to know this is all out there. And I don't do it all well, many of these places I've got what amounts to a business card online. I don't apologize for that. There are only so many hours in the day and writing the best book I know how to write is my top priority.