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Xlibris Weekend Recap: 12 Stories You Might Have Missed

Get the skinny on a variety of self-publishing news! Xlibris gives you a recap of author features, writing tips, literary events, Xlibris promos, and more to guide your way to self-publishing success. Catch up on all the happenings in our Weekend Recap below.

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Xlibris Press Releases:

New Travelogue Shows the Excitement and Romance of Exotic ‘Brazil’
Action-packed Spy Thriller Awaits Readers in ‘A Call to Prayer’
Arthur Cantrell Recreates the Terror and Intrigue that Foreshadowed the End of WWII
New Book ‘Foulweather Farm’ Is a Husband’s Touching Tribute to His Beloved Wife

 

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How to Promote Your Book on a Budget – Part 3

A low-cost yet effective book marketing strategy is like succinct writing that can get your message across in just a few words. You can find ways to trim your marketing cost and still reach more readers in the same way as you can weed your words to render your book worth a reader’s time.

And because we know that writing and self-publishing on the whole is a tough one-man act, the Xlibris Writer’s Workshop gives you more book marketing ideas to suit your budget.

Xlibris gives you more tips on how to market your book without fishing deeper into your pocket.

Tweet away
In only 140 characters or less, you can word the perfect pitch for your book on one of the 10 most-visited websites in the planet. All this for free. Need we say more?

Find out how you can make the most of your marketing on Twitter here.

Post questions and discussion topics on your website
Your questions and conversation topics can attract readers and book clubs that can help you spread the word.

Create a Facebook Fan Page
A Facebook fan page is searchable in Google, hence a good way to build your online presence. This Facebook feature also shows you page insights that track the number of your followers, likes, post reach, and engagement from your fans.Get more tips from an article about the Xlibris Facebook Page here.

Ask a friend to host a book party in your behalf
Make sure that you seek the help of one of your popular friends to host your book event so as to draw more attendees.

Seek the help of local retailers
Offer your books up for sale not only at bookstores but also at your neighborhood gift shops, restaurants, and other establishments. Even a consignment deal wouldn’t hurt when you think of the exposure you could get.

Instagram it
In this day and age of the selfies, why not post your book selfie and quotes on Instagram? With the undeniable power of visuals, an Instagram account for your book can bring a whole new meaning to selfies. Self-publishing is close to a literary selfie after all.

Review other authors’ works
Networking is a great way to connect with other authors in and outside your genre. By writing a review of their books, they might be willing to return the favor.

Build a Goodreads account
Create a Goodreads profile to build an aura of a legit published writer. With around 20 million members as of July 2013, the online book database can introduce you to a horde of authors, book worms, and possibly influential people in the book industry.

More budget-friendly book marketing strategies come your way here on the Xlibris Writer’s Workshop.

Related article:

Xlibris Presents How to Promote Your Book on a Budget – Part 1
Xlibris Presents How to Promote Your Book on a Budget – Part 2

 

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Xlibris Weekend Recap: 32 Stories You Might Have Missed

Get the skinny on a variety of self-publishing news! Xlibris gives you a recap of author features, writing tips, literary events, Xlibris promos, and more to guide your way to self-publishing success.  Catch up on all the happenings in our Weekend Recap below.

 

Writing Inspiration: Quotes of the Week

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Xlibris Blog: Author’s Blog

Xlibris Author Annette Keeble Martens Depicts a Versatile Wordsmith – Part 2

Xlibris author Annette Keeble Martens further shares her craft, its influence on others, and a glimpse of her family struggles and achievements. When people say that they don’t like poetry, let them read one of yours. I do, and then … 

Xlibris Author Annette Keeble Martens Depicts a Versatile Wordsmith – Part 1

A precocious writer since age six, multi-published Xlibris author Annette Keeble Martens has written in every genre possible. Annette’s love of writing coupled with a rich imagination gave birth to thousands of poems and short … 

 

Writer’s Workshop: Writing Tips

Xlibris Presents How To Kill Your Darlings and Foes

Humans may have a predilection for a touch of the macabre in fiction to deal with the inevitable and unbearable suddenness of death. If you as a writer can make your readers   … read-more-button

Xlibris Presents How to Promote Your Book on a Budget – Part 4

Marketing your book in the most budget-friendly way possible is perhaps the ultimate test of your creativity as a wordsmith. You don’t need to be good at numbers to …read-more-button

Xlibris Presents How to Promote Your Book on a Budget – Part 3

A low-cost yet effective book marketing strategy is like succinct writing that can get your message across in just a few words. You can find ways to trim your marketing cost and still reach more readers in the same way … read-more-button

 

Indie Authors Roundup: Critic’s Choice

Xlibris THE TRUE SURVIVORS a story that needs to be told by Renae Green

Today Xlibris features teenage self-published author, Renae Green, whose book THE TRUE SURVIVORS, although short, has a huge story to tell. Renae Green in her young life has had to face appalling struggles including a debilitating illness and the most terrifying … read-more-button

– Xlibris Book Do Not Forget This Small Honest Nation by Rev. Adam Somorjai, OSB and Professor Tibor Zinner

Xlibris Authors Adam Somorjai, OSB, Tibor Zinner Get BlueInk Review Thumbs Up Commemorating an anti-communist poster boy in their book Do Not Forget This Small Honest Nation, Xlibris authors Rev. Adam Somorjai, OSB and  … read-more-button

 

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Literary Contests and Events

Literary Contest

The Footpath Library Epic! Poetry Competition
Deadline of entries: 03 February 2014
Laura Literary Awards
Entries close 14th February 2014
Eaglehawk Dahlia and Arts Festival Inc. Literary Competition
Deadline of entries: 14 February 2014
The Romance Writers of Australia: First Kiss
Deadline of entries: 14 February 2014
FreeXpresSion Haiku Competition 2014
Deadline of entries: 28 February 2014
2014 Northern Territory Literary Awards
Deadline of entries: 28 February 2014
Scarlett Award
Deadline of entries: 28 February 2014

Conferences and Events

Creative Writing Stage 1
Event runs from 14 January to 11 February 2014
Perth International Arts Festival 2014
Event runs from 07 February to 01 March 2014
Digital Writers Festival
Event runs from 13 to 24 February 2014
Poetry d’Amour 2014
Event is on 14 February 2014
Dunedoo Bush Poetry festival
Event runs from 27 February to 2 March 2014

 

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How to Promote Your Book on a Budget – Part 2

Your book marketing ideas should be directly proportional to your story chest chock-full of words and plots. In this second installment of book marketing tips, the Xlibris Writer’s Workshop chips in with more ideas that might have already crossed your mind.

Organize your marketing plan

As you sort out your marketing plan, it’s time to put the dormant left side of your brain to good use. List down your objectives and determine realistic ways to reach them.

 

Put up a contest

A contest is relatively a no-cost, foolproof means to spread the word because we all love freebies and giveaways. Plus, the web has plenty of platforms to hold your contest. Whatever means you use, all roads should lead to your website. You will most likely use the most visited Facebook with a reported1.11-billion monthly active users worldwide. Read Facebook’s contest guidelines here.

Finally you can make Facebook a better place for bookworms who might have contemplated deleting their profiles because of a deluge of posts that are “annoying or not interesting” or “should not be on Facebook.”

 

Join Wattpad

Social reading network Wattpad is also catching the indie publishing wave online by featuring free books from up-and-coming writers. Take advantage of this free social network to create your author profile, upload your stories, and attract fans.

 

Send thank-you notes

Show an attitude of gratitude to those who have helped you and those whom you expect would in one way or another. Your gratitude will pay off not only in the form of good book sales but also good relationships.

If you’re sending your notes via email, remember to add an email signature with your book title.

 

Get by with a little help from your friends

Request reviews from friends who will be willing to give your work their no-holds-barred assessment at no cost. Make sure to pick those who will not sugar coat their feedback for friendship’s sake. As we mentioned in our previous book marketing article, Criticisms are a bitter pill to swallow, but they teach us a lot.

 

Attend writers’ conferences and book festivals

Search the web for local book conferences and festivals that can sign you up for under US$ 50 or less. Choose an event near your area to save you from travel expenses.


Exploit e-book promotion

Digital books have an ever-growing market that cannot be ignored. Explore e-book platforms where your title(s) stands the chance of catching the download virus in just a click of a mouse or a tap of the screen by a horde of netizen readers.

 

Create your newsletter

Keep your family, friends, readers, and potential readers posted via email about the latest in your book in a form of a newsletter. Talk about your accolades, good sales, or a sequel you’re working on. This is a good way to expand your digital marketing loop as your recipients could forward your newsletter to others.

Catch more marketing tips in the succeeding parts of this article. Read the first part How to Promote Your Book on a Budget here.

Meet rising Xlibris authors on the Xlibris Blog and the Xlibris Indie Authors Roundup.

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