November Promotional Activities
In November I continued to do a little grass roots promotion. As I mentioned previously, I spoke at the Cincinnati Author’s class at the College of Mount St. Joseph. I contacted Hospice of Dayton who has graciously offered to put an excerpt from Dancing in Heaven, with a link to where it can be purchased, on their website once their redesign is finished.
For the most part I am still mostly focused on getting online reviews and interviews. One place I contacted looking for a book review was St. Anthony Messenger. Several years ago they published a story I wrote about my parents and Annie, so I thought they might consider reviewing the book. I was told they would contact me in 2012 if they are interested.
As a result of initial email inquiries, I’ve arranged for two ebooks to be delivered for reviewers. I also have interview questions to fill out for two different blogs hosts.
I guest posted at The Idiot Speaketh, and have written a guest post for another blogger that has yet to be published.
I signed up for a promotional event, the Indie Book Blowout. More on this next week.
Featured Promotional Activity – Goodreads
I initially joined Goodreads several years ago as a way to connect with other readers, find book recommendations, and generate and keep a life list of the books I’ve read. Now that I’m a published author, I’m learning that Goodreads is a great platform on which to promote my book. First of all, as an author, I am entitled to an author page where my book is listed.
Goodreads also offers a comprehensive walk-through of how best to use the Goodreads Author Program and learn more about how to promote your books with special tools on Goodreads. Although I am aware these tools exist, I need to spend some time here figuring things out.
One thing I did do on Goodreads, was hold a book giveaway. I put up five books for the giveaway that ran from November 7 until December 7. Six hundred and ninety-six people entered to win my book. The way I look at it is at least that number of people have been exposed to the title. The winners live across the continent in Texas, California, North Carolina, New York and Florida. So my book is getting exposure in different areas of this country. I thought this was fun and will likely put a couple of books up for a Giveaway again in a few months.
Goodreads recommends that authors hold a Q&A on their book following the giveaway. I need to learn more about this and hope to work on it in the next couple of weeks.
My sales for November were comparable to October (33 total). These sales probably reflect the number of people I know who wanted to buy the book. The challenge will be in the coming months to continue selling the book to other people who know nothing about me or my journey. One thing I noticed was that the print book sales are down this month from 21 last month. But the ebooks are up: Kindle was only 5 last month and I only sold 1 Nook in October.
I want to thank everyone who has supported me by buying and reading Dancing in Heaven. Even if I never sold another book, I would do it all again.
“Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.”
Robert H. Schuller