In chatting with the wonderful folks of Inkitt and a few authors here and there, I am seeing the challenge authors face, particularly within Inkitt: how to bring readers from social media into Inkitt...
LOL. In the game of publishing, there are many ways to bring a reader to your book. But what if your book is not yet published? That's what Inkitt's really all about, right?
Here's a few suggestions for authors trying to garner new readers BEFORE their book is published on ... See More ebook retail websites like Amazon. (only available in Inkitt).
1. Create a Facebook page to represent your author name. Make sure your image banner and profile descriptions make a clear statement as to your identity as an author and what genre you write in.
2. Get a Twitter account. Make sure your image banner and profile descriptions make a clear statement as to your identity as an author and what genre you write in.
Both channels of social media have searches you can do. Example: A Twitter search for “urban fantasy” yields a bunch of authors and books under that heading.
A Facebook search for any set of words (a fiction genre??) yields People, Pages, and Groups related to those words. Use the search functions to find those who share common genre interests.
On twitter follow these people, and follow their followers. When they followback, send them a personal thank you tweet: “Thanks for following, I gift you my free novel on Inkitt: (insert link to your Inkitt story posting) Enjoy!”
On Facebook, you can post to your page, and in various groups, with a simple 1-2 line blurb, and a link to your Inkitt story posting. Then, invite all your Facebook friends to like your page.
Facebook also allows you to ‘boost’ your page postings (hint--it costs $$ to boost).
Example: if you are looking for 'urban fantasy' readers for your Inkitt story, you can boost your post and use Facebook’s targeting to find readers interested in ‘urban fantasy’ or readers interested in popular urban fantasy authors like Jim Butcher.
The search features and boosted post features allow you to better target a potential fan who might be interested in a reading a free book on Inkitt..
And, if you’re a writer of a certain genre, why not find interesting articles and films that you personally enjoy in your genre and post that? Give people a reason to check you out. Be funny. Be interesting. Curate postings based on the kind of audience you wish to attract to your social media. Its not all about your book, its about you, your interests, finding common ground, finding humorous things to share (that are loosely related to your genre).
Keep it interesting.
Thanks Travis for your kind words. I do belive I have written a wonderful and uplifting story and I appreciate your feedback.
Hi Travis, I have a question about social media priorities. I know many authors do Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and YouTube and Tumblr and are very active bloggers, and on and on... but what do you do when you only have a little time each day to devote to social media? How do you make the most of that little, and what do you choose? Currently I am mostly active on Facebook, Goodreads and Wattpad, and I also have a blog I try to update at least once a week (and include general ... See More writing-related topics, not just news about my books). And I find myself grudging every moment networking takes away from actual writing, as I really am extremely busy. Should I re-evaluate my priorities?
I am looking for a way to find more readers to read my book The Johnson Files. What should I do to find more readers, and find a way to get my book out to the public?
After a near death experience
as a child, Carl Manning always saw things a little differently than most. He felt like a stranger in his world, with feelings that others couldn’t understand. He saw ghosts, visions and demons from his past, which seemed real, but he questioned if his life and these visions were.
A lost soul caught between the worlds of light and dark. And it is there, within the depths of darkness and madness that the Devil will find you.
Life in 1982 ... See More is tough and the mean streets offer little salvation. He longs to see his estranged son and sees the army as a way out and a torch to enkindle that lost relationship. But when all that comforts you from the past, are the wrong choices, a misguided direction, and past demons. Where would you run too, when there’s nowhere to hide? Where would you turn, when you can’t see a way out?
Within the horrors of the Falkland’s war, he witnesses loss and destruction and a mysterious presence from his past comes to torment him once more. Can he solve the puzzle which is existence? Can he find the light through the maze of darkness? Will the love and salvation he longs, find him? Or in the march of madness is there only the darkness?
I'm also on Twitter and I was wondering the best way to promote my recently-completed novel "A Cracked Egg' .
Hi Travis. Thank you for being willing to answer questions! What a wonderful opportunity for us writers! I have media presence under my own name-- Twitter, 3 pages on Facebook as well as my own website. However, I wrote my first novel under a psuedo name. That name on Twitter and Facebook has few followers and/or presence because it's new unknown, with little bio and background associated with it. So now I'm wondering whether I should share my real name? Or is there a way to promote a pseudo
Hello everyone! I'm so happy to be here sharing with you all. I'm riding happy at the moment, just finished a Bookbub promo (yesterday). My box set did fairly well, and is still selling nicely.
If you can get into Bookbub, I highly recommend it. Always a nice ROI for advertising dollars. :)
I'll be hanging with y'all here for The Novelist contest, ready to answer any questions I can about author social media.
On twitter alone, I use about five different tools ... See More for an automated marketing funnel. On Facebook, I regularly run sales ads and lead ads, with a retargeting strategy, and the occasionally event party for a book launch. In the past, on Goodreads, I have been known to blast an event and use that in conjunction with a Facebook event.
So, I am ready to dig in and answer your questions to the best of my ability.
Social media is a phenomenal tool for an author, if used properly. :)
Came in here to ask you about something different, but let me ask about Twitter. I have a facebook, but not a Twitter. I haven't really wanted to get one. I just finished my book, though, so I probably should right? For when I start marketing?
The other thing I'm considering is doing a little give away thing for people who have liked my page, so far. Maybe a short story that's related to my book. You think something like that would be a good idea?
I'm ... See More still planning on hosting other authors, but that's been harder to organize than I thought it was going to be lol.
Thank you for all your help!
What are some good hashtags to promote my book?
For the duration of the StoryPeak Contests, Tina Gayle offered her services to Inkitt users. Now we are thrilled to announce that New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Travis Luedke has partnered up with Inkitt for The Novelist contest.
Over the course of his career as a self-published author of science fiction, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy, Travis has overcome the challenges of self-promotion, gained an expansive knowledge of social media marketing, and discovered the best tips and tricks that will help you find readers that love your work!
He is happy to answer all your questions and guide you through effective self-promotion on Facebook, Twitter, and other Social Media Channels.
If you are ready to get your book out there then ask away!
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