“I’m an author. What product secrets do you have for getting my book out there?”
I really set myself a challenge with the mini series Product Secrets for Authors part 1 . It has been so much harder to write than I thought!
I was busy in the kitchen inventing pizza pasta tonight when an idea struck me. I’m going to take this on a slight tangent for the second instalment.
Rather than writing for a broad audience, for Product Secrets for Authors Part 2 I’ve decided to become the self appointed Marketing Manager (APAC region) for Ripley’s Games.
About author C.B. Ripley & Extinction Horizon
Chris is a passionate dinosaur loving author drawing inspiration from, and writing in, the genres of science fiction and fantasy. My favourite thing about Ripley’s Games is the clever “Code Words” segment. Chris takes a crossword and uses the jumble of words to create a story. It’s super entertaining and I’d highly recommend you check it out.
Extinction Horizon is a mash up of Predator/Jurassic Park in space! Check out the cover, it’s spot on! The dinosaur instantly captures my attention and the glow of the earth & text contrasts so well against the darker background. If I saw this in a book shop I would definitely pick it up. We all need to read this because there is a sequel as well!
After some research and analysis, my recommendations as your Marketing Manager are as follows:
Blog Marketing for Authors
- Display the Extinction Horizon cover on this article (the book blurb is fantastic!) – the images will show in the WordPress reader which should get you a few more views
- Add a banner to the homepage – use this valuable real estate to have some sort of rotating promotional imagery for your books, even if it is just a horizontal version of the book cover
- Include your other books to the “Books” tab
Blog Content for Authors
- I really enjoyed this article and this article – it gave me some really interesting insight into what authors actually go through to create their books. Where possible, it would be awesome to do more content about the process of creating books
- This article is brilliant – your insights on book covers are outstanding. Consider more of this content sharing your experiences and learnings with other authors
- Continue with Ripley’s Reviews
- Create a mini crossword (say 5 words) for your followers to complete or ask your followers to write the first sentence of your next crossword story
Socials for Authors
- The process aspect could be a great way to get your Instagram account going – post an image of your desk, tips for writing, sneak peek of a sentence each day in the lead up to book launches
- There are wonderful snippets of your personal life – these could be great supporting images/content on social too – for example posting a picture of the beautiful day outside through the window while you’re writing, images of the books you are reading, your crossword with a cup of tea! Dinosaurs!!!
Longer term product secrets for authors
- Consider showing the prices of your books on the “Books” page. Often when it comes to buying decisions the customer likes to know as much about the costs upfront at the first touch point. Show the print List Price with strikethrough
$9.99then the Kindle price $3.87 (this tactic can improve your response rates significantly) – you could also test a saving rate instead of the $9.99(don’t use all 3 numbers at once, it becomes overwhelming for the reader)
- Compile your crossword stories into a book
I really enjoy your blog Chris! Thanks for inspiring my blog!